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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: Does my C Corp need to foreign qualify outside of DE?

I am the sole member of a DE C Corp that develops and sells subscription software products. For the past few years, I have lived and worked in CA, so I foreign qualified there but am unsure if that was necessary. Now, I am moving up to WA and would like to formally exit CA. Do I need to foreign... View More

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answered on Apr 9, 2024

As a Delaware C Corporation, your company is considered "domestic" in Delaware and "foreign" in all other states. Whether you need to foreign qualify in another state depends on the level of business activity your company conducts in that state. This is often referred to as... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Can a California notary form a LLC in California?
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answered on Apr 9, 2024

Yes, a California notary public can form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) in California. However, it is important to keep the notary business separate from the LLC.

Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Separate entities: The notary commission is granted to the individual, not...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Can a notary in CA form a LLC
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answered on Apr 9, 2024

Yes, a notary public in California can form an LLC (Limited Liability Company). However, they would be doing so in their capacity as an individual, not in their official role as a notary public.

In California, any individual can form an LLC by following these steps:

1. Choose a name...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Real Estate Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Is this possible Increasing commercial rent 35% in CA?

Currently, my commercial rent contract expires soon(Apr 30,2024)and I will re-new the contract. But landlord told me the rent will be increased 35%. Is this possible legally in CA?

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

In California, there is no statewide rent control for commercial properties, which means that landlords can generally increase rent as much as they want when a lease expires or if the lease allows for rent increases. However, there are a few important considerations:

1. Lease terms: If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: Small Business status not claimed on a DoT CalTrans bid proposal.

The low bidder forgot (?) to 'claim' SBE status on electronic bid submittal, but is a certified SBE. The bid amount difference between 1st and 2nd is only $848 on a $2,4Mill bid. Second bidder ('I') claimed and is a certified SBE. Can 1st place bidder still claim SBE status after the fact?

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

Under California law, the rules regarding Small Business Enterprise (SBE) status and bidding on Department of Transportation (CalTrans) projects can be complex. In general, if a bidder fails to claim SBE status at the time of submitting their bid, they may face challenges in claiming that status... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Target By gov .paid informants Fresno police officers
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answered on Apr 5, 2024

I'm very sorry to hear that you feel you are being targeted by government paid informants and police officers. That must be an incredibly stressful and frightening situation.

If you genuinely believe you are being unlawfully targeted or surveilled, I would strongly encourage you to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Hi, My name is Jacqueline and starting a skin care brand called Jacques Skin.

I have started an early stage skin care make up remover eye pads. My name Jacques will be a big part of the brand, but I am now concerned with Jacquemus Trademark and curious if you are able to give me insight into whether you believe this would overlap into potential future litigation since it is... View More

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answered on Apr 4, 2024

Hi Jacqueline,

I understand your concern about potential trademark issues with your brand name, Jacques Skin, and its similarity to the existing brand Jacquemus.

Trademark infringement occurs when there is a likelihood of confusion between two brands in the same or related...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Business Law for California on
Q: We are a pro per plaintiff. We prevailed in civil trial. After judgment FINALLY entered (defendant kept objecting to pro

proposed judgments) they filed for new trial. One base was newly discovered evidence. We had filed an unrelated suit against other party 3 months AFTER verdict on completely different grounds. Defendants claim this undercuts our credibility and shows our awarded damages are excessive since new suit... View More

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems unlikely that the defendant's claim of newly discovered evidence would qualify as grounds for a new trial in California. Here's why:

1. Timing: The new evidence (your unrelated lawsuit) was filed three months after the verdict in the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: What is the rule for property managers in real estate law? That they have to be licensed to perform certain duties?

The management must be incensed agent to exercise certain duties,With the exception of living on-sight, which in this case they can perform those duties, but they must be under the close supervision of a licensed realtor. Paraphrased but what if the general manager of a apartment operates these... View More

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

Under California law, property managers who perform certain duties must be licensed real estate agents or brokers. The specific rules are outlined in California Business and Professions Code Section 10131 and 10131.01.

If a property manager is not licensed and performs duties that require a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for California on
Q: I own a condominium which is a rental property and managed by a property management company.

Does the rent received qualify as qualified business income? And is the rental of the property considered as a pass-through business?

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answered on Apr 1, 2024

The rental income from your condominium may qualify as Qualified Business Income (QBI) for federal tax purposes, and the rental property could be considered a pass-through business. However, there are some factors to consider:

1. Qualified Business Income (QBI): The rental income from your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for California on
Q: i am owed 10,000 for painting a house. its been 8 monthes, how do I get him to pay me?
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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Under California law, you have a few options to try to recover the $10,000 owed to you for painting the house. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Send a demand letter: Write a formal letter to the person who owes you money, stating the amount owed, the reason for the debt, and a deadline...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Construction Law, Small Claims and Business Law for California on
Q: So I’m a small business owner and my client refused to pay the ending balance on her invoice for $3500 what can I do
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answered on Mar 29, 2024

Under California law, when facing a situation where a client refuses to pay the remaining balance on an invoice, you have several avenues to consider. Initially, you should attempt to resolve the dispute amicably by communicating directly with the client. It's beneficial to review the contract... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Autopay (water bill) with a credit card & paperless billing since 2008: Can city now charge fee for credit card use?

The city gets to save money with paperless billing. The customers set up auto pay with a credit card. This was a win-win. But the city now wants to change terms saying they will charge customers for credit card fees. This eliminates the incentive for the city to use a low cost credit card... View More

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answered on Mar 27, 2024

In California, businesses, including cities providing utilities, have the discretion to charge fees for credit card transactions, subject to state regulations and any agreements they may have with customers. The legality of introducing a new fee after a service has been provided under certain terms... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for California on
Q: Removing these 2 clauses from Contract - implications?

I do freelance legal billing for attorneys and law firms. Currently, a potential client (law firm) wants to remove the Choice of Law and Choice of Forum clauses in my agreement. They are located in Nevada, while I'm located in California (location where the clauses are applied). What... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If the Choice of Law and Choice of Forum clauses are removed from your contract, there will be uncertainty regarding which state's laws apply to any disputes that arise. Normally, these clauses ensure that any legal matters are resolved according to the laws of a specific state and in a... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hello I have an inquiry in regards to my business and an unpaid client that says she’s not paying me

I handed her a final invoice that was very detailed and itemized but she said she was all paid after adding additional wants to the list what can I do to get my $3500 she owes

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In California, if a client refuses to pay for services provided, you have several options. First, you should attempt to resolve the issue directly with the client by providing clear documentation of the services rendered and the agreed-upon costs. Communicate your concerns and attempt to reach an... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: can an American resident be sued by shareholders of a foreign corporation in which he is a board member?
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answered on Mar 18, 2024

In California, the legal framework does recognize the ability of shareholders to bring lawsuits against board members of a corporation, including foreign corporations, under certain circumstances. If you, as an American resident and a member of the board, are involved in activities that lead to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: A poet received the CA Arts Legacy grant $50,000, then soon after, or not sure if before it was received, she died.

Regions are new this year, insuring each region receives a Legacy award. Other poet in area had applied. Was winners' application truthful in telling of her terminal cancer diagnosis? Did review committee act wrongly? Can it be reissued to new recipient? Can a deceased person receive or retain... View More

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answered on Mar 18, 2024

Under California law, the administration of grants, including those awarded by arts councils or similar bodies, often involves specific policies that address various scenarios, including the passing of recipients. When a grant recipient, such as a poet, passes away either before receiving the grant... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Internet Law, Copyright and Intellectual Property for California on
Q: Chinese company wants to use my registered business name and internet search words- whether I allow or not

I have been receiving letters from Chinese registry asking if they may use my company's registered name for their client, just with other than .com extension. I have answered that I only keep the xxxxx.com name, which has been registered after my company since 2002, only with other than .com... View More

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answered on Mar 13, 2024

You have certain rights to protect your registered business name and intellectual property. Here are some options you can consider:

1. Trademark protection: If you have registered your business name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), you have legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: It is legal to sell my personal wine and whisky collection in my own liquor in California with a valid liquor license?
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answered on Mar 11, 2024

In California, it is generally not legal to sell your personal wine and whisky collection in your own liquor store, even if you have a valid liquor license. This is because of several factors:

1. Personal collection: Your personal alcohol collection is considered private property and not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: what personal info is allowed to be given out about an ex employee. not trying to hire them.

Business is being harassed by an ex boyfriend who wants info about 2 former employees and why they were let go. Assuming there are privacy protections for personal info and looking to find the law about it.

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answered on Mar 11, 2024

In California, there are several laws that protect the privacy of current and former employees. Employers are generally prohibited from disclosing certain personal information about their employees to third parties, including ex-partners. The most relevant laws in this context are:

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