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Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need a PLLC?

I'm run a single-member Acupuncture business that needs to be licensed and have malpractice insurance. Would spending the money on a PLLC really get me anything? Does a PLLC really help me if I'm the...
Legal Basics For Startups

Are there restrictions on buying movies/video games with the intention of renting them?

I'm planning on opening a video game rental store and I would like to know if there are any restrictions preventing me from simply buying and renting the games. Do I need any type of license from the...
Legal Basics For Startups

How long does the patent process last?

What are the fees included with receiving a patent? Are patent attorneys a must?
Legal Basics For Startups

When a partner resigns from an LLC, what can that partner do to remove liability from the lease?

I started an LLC in the state of Arizona with two partners. After a year in business I am choosing to take another path and I am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a thre...
Legal Basics For Startups

Can seasonal self-employed people collect unemployment?

We work in the outdoor amusement industry and travel with a carnival. We have our own concession stand, but book through the carnival. When it is closed for the season we are out of work. Can we file...
Legal Basics For Startups

Is a severance package with an attached non-compete clause legal?

I live in California and my employer is offering me severance pay, but in order to receive it I must sign a non-compete clause for two years. Is this legal?
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I close an LLC and S Corp?

I have started two companies one an LLC and the other an S Corp that I used for a very short time and would like to stop using. How do you go about doing so?
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I protect my company and idea from the bigger companies in my industry?

I am entering the sun block arena with a new niche product. However when the big companies see what I am doing they will probably just take the idea and push me under. The idea is not patentable, so i...
Legal Basics For Startups

We want to start several businesses. Is it better to set up a separate LLC for each business focus or to create a holding company with several subsidiaries?

Several colleagues and I have multiple business interests we want to pursue. Our various interests are mostly related to management, business consulting and investing in startups.
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need permission to use images from the web in my online magazine?

The magazine will be for young women and I want to add pictures and cartoons to go with the stories. If I find these images through a Google Image search, do I need Google's permission to use them?
Legal Basics For Startups

Can a non-compete clause be enforced if the business closed down?

My husband worked for a candle manufacturing company. He signed a non-compete clause. The company shut its doors on October 31. The former owners now say they have three months to let the name go dorm...
Legal Basics For Startups

Legally, can I sell cooked food from my house?

Do I need some kind of permit? If so, how do I go about getting it?
Legal Basics For Startups

What legal steps need to be taken when starting a parcel forwarding business?

This business will include of mail address rental, mail storage and forwarding to Europe using USPS, DHL and other providers. We need to establish LLC in Delaware (logistic reasons), be legally able t...
Legal Basics For Startups

Can a contractor sue for nonpayment of an amount he never disclosed or invoiced?

We are in the business of flipping homes. We recently hired a painter to paint the interior and exterior of one of our properties. We signed a contract at commencement of the project and paid 50 perce...
Legal Basics For Startups

I'm starting a home video editing business; can I use commercial music for my videos that my costumers provide?

I have a copyright waiver form that says I can copy copyrighted material; do I need to do something else to provide this service?


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