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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Q: XYz plumb. sole prop. lies, states he's after hours phone service for XyZ & Mech. LLC. Recourse for the LLc?

People call the ph. number of xyz plumbing, a sole proprietor, by mistake. They want XYZ plumbing & mechanical LLC. Instead of xyz plumbing telling the person he has the wrong number, XYZ plumbing states falsely he is the "after hours" phone number for XYZ plumbing & mechanical... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jun 12, 2020

First, confirm that XYZ Plumbing is registered to use the assumed name in your state and in your county. Michigan law requires that a sole proprietor or co-partnership file the business name (if different than the real name of the person) at the county clerk's office, and maybe also with the... Read more »

Q: I have a product i want to make my own and start production and sales and i wanna know all my options

There can also be other variantions of it made and i want that too all different sizes and shapes but it the same product

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek answered on May 5, 2020

Congratulations on your new venture. I hope that it will be profitable for you.

And also congratulations about worrying about patents now, before you start the production and sales. Too many people ignore patents, spend lots of money on designs, tooling up, and manufacturing their...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: During employment my employee secretly built the same business as me one mile away. Can I sue for disloyalty?

He secretly built the business during the 3 months of his employment with me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 16, 2020

Your situation is very much fact dependent. Did you have a contract or other written agreement containing non-compete clauses? Did he use anything to build his business that he would have only obtained through employment with you? (e.g. customer lists, processes). Last, did he actually do the job... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Michigan on
Q: May an insurance agent explain a competitor’s policy?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2020

If you're asking as an agent, it might be best to comply with standard operating procedures provided in company handbooks. Even though the industry is fairly transparent and everyone knows each other's product lines and pricing, following company protocols is the best bet. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I use the name wild Wonka for a business?
Michael Doland
Michael Doland answered on Dec 24, 2019

There appears to be no trademark under this name. That leaves Michigan ( conflicts of existing Michigan entities.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I just signed a bill of sale but my name was misspelled in Michigan

Also my husband name does not match his id

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 18, 2019

What is the relief you'd like to gain from making this an issue? Either the bill of sale is valid and all parties carry out their obligations, or it is voidable for some defect, the most likely remedy of which is that everything goes back to as if the transaction never happened.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I need to worry about a conflict of interest when hiring a lawyer for an employment contract?

I need to hire a lawyer for help with an employment contract. I've found one in town, but I live in a fairly small town. Should I ask the lawyer if my client is their client and avoid using that lawyer if that is the case?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Oct 25, 2019

It's not wrong to ask, but the lawyer is required to make that determination whether or not you ask.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the previous franchise we owned legally force us to repaint our vehicles?

We owned a Servpro restoration franchise. 2 years ago we sold our license instead of renewing, and went on our own. We took all labeling off the vehicles. Servpro is now telling us that we have to have the vehicles repainted. They do not have the color trademarked. The vehicles were never... Read more »

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Aug 9, 2019

The franchisor can make you stop using their trademarks. You may be correct that the color is not a trademark, but did you agree in the franchise agreement to comply with this request? If repainting is not covered by the agreement or by trademark law or by state competition law (which might be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I am a va for someone from another state. He sent me a check and it bounced. My bank accounts on hold now. What do i do?

He’s in TX, originally the first check he sent me i guess cancelled because of FedEx had a problem with delivery. (VA=virtual assistant)

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 21, 2019

Pardon my ignorance, but if you can tell me what a "va" is I might be able to give you some advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Criminal Law for Michigan on
Q: Licensed contractor completed work now Customer making threats. Is it civil or criminal as they claim?

Licensed builder in the state of Michigan and fully insured. Recently completed a project for a developer who was building spec homes for resale. The developer had me submit several construction bid contracts which were accepted and payments issued for the work. I completed all work stated in the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 30, 2019

Justia is a free online legal forum established to allow members of the general public to ask general legal questions to experienced lawyers who volunteer their valuable time to do so. Your important small business question should be directed to a business lawyer of your choosing. If you have not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Contracts and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Has the law been altered as of 2019?

I’m 15 and a tattoo artist told me that it’s the law that I have to be 16 to get a tattoo in Michigan.

Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Apr 13, 2019

There isn’t an age minimum, but if you’re a minor you’ll need your parent to come with you to the tattoo shop and give permission.

Here is a link to Michigan’s law on tattooing minors....
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Use my personal address on a business bank account? Degree of risk of piercing the LLC veil?

Manager-Managed LLC in Michigan. I am the Manager (80%), my daughters are silent partners (5% and 5%). We are presently using a UPS Store Mailbox as the business address, but the bank will not allow it. The bank suggests using my personal address.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 10, 2019

There is nothing wrong in using a home or personal address as a business address.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a full time job with 120 mile commute. If I say delivered fire wood daily. could I write same miles off?

If I established a legal and credible business which used the same route and daily miles as regular full time job could I some how write regular miles off or a weekly %?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Apr 2, 2019

Your question is more tax than law related. I can see where you're going with this, and it might work. I just think at the very least, you are opening yourself up to an audit, which very quickly will zap any money saved in fees to a CPA or tax attorney to work through it with you. You would... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: What do you do if you are sold a new 2019 vehicle that is defected and it's not fixable? What should we expect next?

Out of curiosity after we bought it, I looked online to see if their photos had the defect before we bought it and I noticed it in their pictures, sadly, we were not notified of it and we did not notice it until later that same day. The defect is the drivers side sliding door that will not close... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander answered on Mar 16, 2019

Michigan's Lemon has strict requirements regarding the number of repairs required to qualify as a "Lemon":

It shall be presumed that a reasonable number of attempts have been undertaken to repair a defect or condition if 1 of the following occurs:

a) The same defect...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: When a Permanent makeup artists is creating an LLC, does it need to be a Professional LLC?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 25, 2019

No. And unless the makeup artist is a qualified licensed professional under the Act, he or she cannot file for a PLLC. There is no distinction between an LLC and PLLC other than to be a PLLC, the owners (or "members") must all be licensed professionals. Very generally, a PLLC applies for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: My apartment company called me saying they paid a utility bill from an electric company that I don't use. What do I do?

I use electric company A ever since I moved into the apartment and was required to get it in my name. Now, 4 months into living here I get contacted by the company saying they paid a bill from company B and want me to pay them back. I have never used company B, didn't sign up or anything. Why... Read more »

David Soble
David Soble answered on Feb 11, 2019

Sounds strange. I would want to see the invoices first before paying for the alleged invoices. I am not sure how two different utility companies can service your one residence unless one provides the gas and the other provides electric. Trust but verify.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Michigan on
Q: If I buy a replica designer bracelet for about $20, then I resell it for the price of the real bracelet about 7,000

is it illegal?

Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris answered on Feb 7, 2019

Not in the abstract, but look out for MCl 445.903.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: Want to start a Property Management Company in MI where I would purchase & rent the properties. What's required?
Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on Jan 27, 2019

Business savvy and real estate management experience would be a good start. If you have those, you will be exposed to the various ownership entities real estate investors use to acquire and operate rental properties. You would have agreements and requirements for various independent contractors and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Michigan on
Q: I am a minor in Michigan about to form an LLC. How can I enter into a contract on behalf of my company as a minor?

My parents are willing to sign for me on any legal documents.

I also have a few other questions:

What extra steps should I take when forming an LLC as a minor?

How do I open a business bank account for my LLC as a minor?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 13, 2019

You will need your parents help with this. Other than that, you should be good-to-go.

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