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Legal Basics For Startups

What should I do if my business name is similar to another business?

Is the name Northshore Computer Tutor LLC different enough from The Computer Tutor Inc. to prevent legal trouble, or trouble registering with the state? I am operating north of Boston, the other regis...
Legal Basics For Startups

How can I ensure a general contractor pays me?

I recently started my own cleaning company and was subcontracting for another company. We decided not to work with them anymore. We didn't have any written contract with them, but we still have invoic...
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I ensure my invention idea is safe with the company I submitted it to?

How can I know or find out if their procedures are legit. The agent for the company says that he feels that my invention was unique. It will be something that is going to help the health world.
Legal Basics For Startups

Legally, what do I need to consider for a seasonal business?

What is required if I want to rent out my houseboat for a few weeks out of the year? I'm wondering if I have to turn in taxes on money I will make from renting out my houseboat. Also, what kind of ins...
Legal Basics For Startups

What should I do to protect my online advice column?

I am starting an online advice column, how do to I legally protect myself?
Legal Basics For Startups

What rights does the founder of a non-profit have if he leaves the organization?

When at odds with the board of directors and feeling stressed and harassed, after running a very successful operation, the founder and executive director resigned. Does the founder have any right to b...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need a state and city business license for a web-based company?

I am the co-founder of an online food directory based in Las Vegas, Nev. We have already obtained a Nevada State Business License and I am unsure whether or not we need to get a city license as well.
Legal Basics For Startups

I got laid off from my full time job, can I collect unemployment if I have income from a small business?

I was working as a civil engineer and was laid off last week. I filed for unemployment and the benefits will start soon. I also have a small construction estimating business incorporated as an LLC. I...
Legal Basics For Startups

How do we setup a royalty agreement with a vendor?

I am a broker and I came across an inventor, currently selling her product online and at trade shows but is still relatively small. I have made some connects with CEO's and TV producers, I have initia...
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I handle an employee who retaliated for a change in pay practice?

I am a business operating room manager and our hospital was just acquired by another company. I have a long standing conflict with a certain employee who has always been out to get my job. The employe...
Legal Basics For Startups

Should the board of directors of a non-profit keep detailed executive minutes?

I understand you do not let executive session minutes into anyone but the board of directors' hands. We pass these minutes out in executive session and they are then collected and given back to our at...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need business liability insurance or can I have people sign a liability disclaimer?

I wanted to start an automotive maintenance course to teach people how to change a flat tire, do their own oil change, etc. However, I am concerned that I could be held liable for any mishaps. If I do...
Legal Basics For Startups

What do I do if my business name is already taken?

I tried registering my business name with the Secretary of State and they notified me that the business name is already taken. I am wondering if and how I can go about requesting the other company to...
Legal Basics For Startups

How can I get a company with the same name as mine to halt operations?

I have a business in Ohio and it has recently come to my attention that there is a business operating under the same name but has not officially registered the name. I would like this company to seize...


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