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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: I thought I was signing a credit card receipt at Retro Fitness and now they are saying I signed a contract!

I thought I was signing a credit card receipt for a one-time charge for some training sessions at Retro Fitness and now they are saying that I signed a contract! It was not a paper copy of a contract that they presented me with to sign, it was one of those little electronic gadgets that has just... Read more »

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Oct 23, 2019

If it is 3 days after you signed, you have a right of rescission in PA (right to cancel the contract). If they did not show you the contract, I would complain to the PA Attorney General's office. Good luck.

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Q: I am an administrator for a small convention, and we are working with a hotel in Pennsylvania.

I am an administrator for a small convention, and we are working with a hotel in Pennsylvania. The convention owner would like to tell the hotel that we (the convention) don't want to be crowded while we are occupying the hotel for the weekend (Friday to Sunday). We take up about 30 of the 180... Read more »

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Oct 7, 2019

Your contract can state language like that, but I cannot imagine any hotel would agree not sell the rooms that you are not occupying. I assume that if you wanted to pay for all the rooms they would agree to keep them empty.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Send the copies of my passport and certificate of incorporation to potential investor ?

I am building my startup and I found an investor for my business (incorporated as LLC in PA, USA). Investor said that the deal will be done on the basis of equity financing. And now he is asking me to send the copies of my passport, certificate of incorporation, memorandum and articles of... Read more »

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Jul 23, 2019

I believe you just posted this same question on Avvo, where I answered the question. There is no reason to share your passport info with an investor. If the investor wants to see your Certificate of Organization for the LLC, he or she can obtain that online. The other requested documents, a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: In PA, can you sue a parent company when a local branch of the same company, an independent contractor, harms you?
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Nancy L Lanard answered on Jul 19, 2019

There isn't enough information provided to actually answer this properly. If the local branch is a franchisee typically you cannot go after the franchisor. However, more facts are needed to truly respond properly.

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Q: Where do I find the PA law that defines the requirements for what is needed to declare a room as a bedroom

A home that we are considering buying has a 3rd floor room that the seller is identifying as a bedroom. We do not believe that it is but we cannot find the minimum requirements that would deem it to be, or not, a bedroom. Thank you

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Mar 3, 2019

Here is the site that defines it under the PA code: https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter6400/s6400.81.html. Hope it helps.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am looking to buy a business but it’s a little complicated/need help drafting a binding contract of sort
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Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 29, 2018

When buying a business you should have legal representation who drafts an Asset Purchase Agreement and all of the accompanying documents. You should do the due diligence and check that there are no liens on the assets, etc.

I am happy to speak with you about your situation. I do not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I start & fund a business?

Business, Business Law, Formation, Costs etc.

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Dec 23, 2017

Your question is way too broad to be answered in this forum. You should consult an experienced business attorney and accountant who can assist you figure out if you should operate as a corporation, limited liability company or a sole proprietorship. Additionally, the attorney would need an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Where can we get a blank template of a Pennsylvania Independent Contractor Agreement, which we can edit and fill in?

Independent Contractors own their own businesses and are not an employee of their client's company. They do odd jobs for property management company and owners properties as needed, such as mowing, snow removal, minor repairs, etc. Anything larger is per an estimate quote on scope of work needed.... Read more »

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 24, 2017

You should retain counsel to advise you. Each independent contractor situation is different. The attorney can prepare an independent contractor agreement that can be used as a template for the various situations.

Good luck.

3 Answers | Asked in Mergers & Acquisitions for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'd like to buy a business in my town - should I buy it as a corporation?
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Nancy L Lanard answered on May 16, 2017

You should buy only the assets of the business, not the stock or membership interest of the entity that currently owns the business. Most like you should form your own entity - either a corporation or limited liability company to own the business. You should consult with an attorney to advise... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do i begin the trademark process?
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Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 25, 2017

It sounds like you are asking how to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Although uspto.gov does have instructions for filing. However, this can be a difficult legal process that should start with a nationwide trademark search and then filing in the proper category. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my husband start his own company selling something he originally created for his current employer to use?

He created a product that the truck drivers use at the logistics company he works for. His immediate supervisor did not want to pay him on the clock to produce it. My husband produces them at home and his supervisor purchases them from him via ebay. The company is nationwide, and several other... Read more »

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 19, 2017

I do not represent you and do not know all the facts, but it sounds like this was a "work for hire" and that the company he worked for owns the rights to it. However, he could approach the company and see if he is able to sell to others. It sounds like he has a strong position in being able to... Read more »

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Q: I want to start selling private label Hot sauce and salsa. I want to use my last name with the word salsa or hot sauce

" Last Name" Hot sauce or salsa. Do I need to get this trademarked to sell? Or I'm I allowed to start selling this online since its my last name and the word Salsa or Hot sauce.

Thank You

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Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 19, 2017

You do not need to have a trademark to sell. However, the federal trademark does protect the name so others cannot come in and copy it. I would also recommend that you copyright your recipe for the sauce. Good luck!

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Q: I signed a promissory note for money to start a business. I am in default, what kind of lawyer do I need? Thankyou
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Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 19, 2017

Any business attorney should be able to assist you. I do not know you and have not reviewed all the facts, but you may want to discuss this with the lender and see if you can work out a payment plan or some new terms.

Good luck.

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