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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Georgia on
Q: Should I create a Trust to control a C-Corp to control an LLC?

I've been researching the best way to set up business entities and this is the conclusion I have come to. Is this an appropriate structure? Thank you

Glenn M. Lyon
Glenn M. Lyon
answered on Sep 30, 2022

Almost certainly not, unless this is a larger organization.

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: I just started a non-profit LLC company so what are the next steps in legally keeping my company in good standing?

Beginning of this month I filed my articles of incorporation and today the Secretary of State of California approved the articles of incorporation and I am unsure what to do next?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

There are transactional attorneys who help set-up businesses. I have a friend who I refer people to, as I'm a litigator. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: I just started a non-profit LLC company so what are the next steps in legally keeping my company in good standing?

Beginning of this month I filed my articles of incorporation and today the Secretary of State of California approved the articles of incorporation and I am unsure what to do next?

Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Congratulations on starting your nonprofit. You have chosen an unusual path by using the LLC formation method. One of the first things you will likely want to do is to file a "statement of information" with the Secretary of State -- usually within about 90 days from when you filed your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Formation, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I am living a gated community and HOA has no meeting and no elections for last 5 years since I moved in.

HOA has 5 board members which appointed by president. No elections at all. Is that legal? I have been asked for the election and no board member answers. Also I found out some board member on the position for 12 years and they use HOA water and HOA Garderner for private land. For such small... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

There are attorneys who practice HOA law. Speak with one about your situation. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: is neutrogena makeup remover wipes pack of 2 patented?
James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Likely so and, if not, the formula is no doubt kept secret. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation for California on
Q: Can I legally use the abbreviation Dr. In my business name if I'm not a Dr.? If not, can I combine it with another word?

Ex: The Tooth Dr.

Or The ToothDr.

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 20, 2022

No. That would be false or misleading advertising.

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Immigration Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I am Ukrainian citizen living in the USA as a student and I want to open an online business how should I pay taxes.

I am Ukrainian citizen living in the USA as a student waiting for my F-1 visa and TPS and I want to open an online business.

I want to open drop shipping business I have an Ukrainian card and I have a card in PNC bank that I just opened, but because I am minor it was opened on my host mom... Read more »

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Sep 20, 2022

In my experience, business owners generally hire an accountant to help them navigate the taxes.

I really like Peters CPA, LLC https://www.lpeterscpa.net/ or (972)863-9640.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: my work did not give me any hours for the last 2 weeks of my job but i sign a contract that say i am generated me hours
Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Sep 19, 2022

This may be a breach of contract. I would need to see the contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Civil Litigation for Kentucky on
Q: I inquired about my potential case and the paralegal said she'd give my information to the attorneys and she'll call me

I call again because i haven't heard back and I had additional information to give and again she said she'd call me. This 8-24-2022

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Call and schedule an in person appointment with your lawyer to discuss the case and get an update.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: Do we need to refile articles of incorporation or any other business docs when applying for NFP status for a for-profit

business. Business has been around for 37 years. We want to apply for 501c3 status to diversify our income and open up our services to more contracts and help more people. Currently, mostly are federal grants and we haven't earned profit in years.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 13, 2022

This may be easier than you think. If you want to convert a profit corporation to a non-profit organization all you need to do is complete Illinois Form EOA 205 (provided by the Illinois Secretary of State- a one page form) and send two copies of the completed form to the Secretary of State with... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: Do we need to refile articles of incorporation or any other business docs when applying for NFP status for a for-profit

business. Business has been around for 37 years. We want to apply for 501c3 status to diversify our income and open up our services to more contracts and help more people. Currently, mostly are federal grants and we haven't earned profit in years.

Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
answered on Sep 14, 2022

You will almost certainly need to re-draft your Articles of Incorporation if you want to convert from a for-profit corporation to a not-for-profit corporation.

First, under Illinois law your new not-for-profit is required to have, as its purpose, one of the allowable purposes listed in the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Employment Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Can i form an llc for my future box truck business while receiving benefits?

am currently 33yrs old.

Three years ago I was driving semi trucks . Stopped due to multiple surgeries (non-work-related).

Currently on Government Benefits.

Temporary Social security disability

Now present time.

Im close to being fully recuperated so its... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

The short answer is: Yes. Go ahead and form the LLC. Let it sit until you are ready to make use of it. Unless there is something you have not disclosed, I don't see how forming a LLC will affect your benefits. However, once income starts flowing through your LLC, it may or may not affect... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Texas on
Q: RetailMeNot suing Honey for patent infringements.

Hi my question is regarding RetailMeNot suing Honey for patent infringements.

According to RetailMeNot’s suit, Honey infringes on U.S. Patents 9,626,688; 9,639,853; 9,953,335; and 9,965,769, which detail technologies related to things like facilitating access to promotional offers,... Read more »

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Sep 9, 2022

It is possible for someone to start up another coupon site. You just have to be outside of the scope of the claims. In this particular case, the four patents have very long independent claims, suggesting that one should be able to work around these claims.

If you are trying to start an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for New York on
Q: Majority shareholder sues minor shareholder and the company- can minor shareholder accept service on behalf of company?

Plaintiff owns 75% of Company A. Defendant owns 15% of Company A. (So a third party owns the remaining 10%.) Plaintiff sues both Defendant AND Company A. The lawsuit seeks to dissolve Company A.

Two questions:

Defendant can obviously accept service on behalf of themselves, but... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Sep 9, 2022

A shareholder, just by being a shareholder, cannot accept service. Service must be on an officer or director, or the registered agent. A minority shareholder can fight the dissolution, or demand a buyout based on the value of the corporation as determined by a court. The procedure is in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Business Formation for California on
Q: I'm starting 1099 consultant biz. Do most consultants charge travel time from my office to their office for auditing?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 6, 2022

The answer you seek will have to come from studying industry standards for the kind of consulting you will be doing. As an IC you have the right to charge whatever you wish, and in many industries, contractors charge for travel to and from worksites.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Formation and Business Law for Colorado on
Q: Setting up a holding company to allow for 100% ownership of future locations

I am opening a brick and mortar location in CO, with investors lined up. Naturally, they will request some equity in the company.

How can I setup a situation where I end up owning the overall brand, so that several years from now I can open additional locations in other states and/or... Read more »

Kevin Michael Strait
Kevin Michael Strait
answered on Sep 2, 2022

While this reply is not legal advice specific to your situation, the following generalizations may be useful to anyone opening a business in Colorado under circumstances similar to yours.

Selecting a business structure is a key business decision. Business structures can be changed over the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Securities Law and Stockbroker Fraud for California on
Q: Can I manage other people's money (money manager or portfolio manager) with only my series 65 license in California?
Steve A. Buchwalter
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Steve A. Buchwalter
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Anyone can allow you to manage their money. There are no requirements for you to do so. Having a business of, or charging for, managing someone else's money can a different story and is more complicated.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: Can I register a for profit business at a property owned by non profit religious organization?
Julie King
Julie King
answered on Aug 30, 2022

I'm sorry to say, your question doesn't make sense. Businesses are registered with the state, not registered at a property. Perhaps you can try asking your question again, but give the lawyers more information about what you need. Sorry about that!

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Illinois on
Q: What do u need to start a compay? What’s a LLC and how can u get one

What would I need in order to open a taco truck and sell food.

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Aug 26, 2022

The first thing you need is a lawyer. You need a lawyer that represents small business who can guide you through the hurdles of setting up an LLC, obtaining permits and licenses, and all the stuff that goes along with being in business.

Good Luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for California on
Q: I have a question about naming an S-corp and whether I will need to do a DBA.

I have been operating a small business as a sole proprietor and I'm at the point of needing to form an S-corp. My chosen name is too similar to another name, so the company helping me to complete the filing has asked me to find an alternative. Should I go with something COMPLETELY different,... Read more »

Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
answered on Aug 25, 2022

As you might imagine, the answer is "it depends" ... the first question is ... have you engaged or requested the "name research" and/or achieved the "name reservation" on your first choice for the corporation's name? The second question is how will your name... Read more »

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