In the movie Young Guns, there is a character named Dirty Steve Steven's. I am looking into opening my own homemade soap business and calling it Dirty Steve's Homemade Soap. I want to use a chicken as the mascot but want it to be dressed like the character. Is this legal?
It really depends on whether or not the name is copyrighted. Even if it is not, the production company or studio that has the rights to the movie, and that is protected by copyright. They can decide to sue you claiming that since the movie is copyrighted, so is the name of the...Read more »
If a Florida general partnership incorporated in 2005 to become an S-corp, what steps would they have had to take in order to properly transfer the partnership's assets to the corporation? Is there a Florida statute regarding how this is done or are assets just automatically transferred? Does... Read more »
You have to prepare a Bill of Sale and other transfer documents depending on the nature of the assets from the GP to the Corp. This would be the capital contribution of each partner as each partner would become a shareholder in proportionate to his or her partnership percentage. You would also...Read more »
Hello. I ran into a garage door service company and saw that their entire business is based on fraud. They fix non-existent door problems for thousands of dollars, although parts are very cheap. Is this considered a scam and how can they be punished? Only text please.
Unfortunately, the answer to your question will depend on the terms of the contract you signed with that company. Each contract contains different language in it and a lawyer would have to guess what your contract said, which would not help you at all. Once a lawyer has read the contract and...Read more »
I want starting a business with someone else using my idea/system that i made, I want to share the business 50/50, how can I make this legal, as well as make sure they don't steal the information and use it somewhere else?
You have a number of questions here that you really need to sit down with a business attorney and sort through your best options. First of all I never recommend a 50/50 split of ownership because it can lead to deadlocks at a number of levels in the business. As far as your idea/system, that...Read more »
I am the secretary for a 501c3 focused on supporting military and ex-military veterans. We have a unique situation where the group acquired a motorcycle trike, which the group would like to "loan" to a biker who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. We want to know if we should... Read more »
Liability attaches to whoever owns the trike as well as whoever is driving it when an accident occurs. So if the club owns the trike (name on the title) they cannot avoid liability by leasing it or selling it subject to a purchase money loan. Hire an experienced lawyer to help keep the club on this...Read more »
It would be helpful for you to state the subject matter of your intended claim - for example, contract dispute, non-performance of a contracted job, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, employment termination/discipline, etc.
I bought a dark grey sofa and immediately had issues. The color wasn't as advertised and the required cover to velcroes on didn’t fit. I couldn’t get anyone on the phone bc they had tech issues. I reached them via Twitter and they send me a replacement cover. This one was even smaller.... Read more »
The filing fees are listed on the SDAT website, and the amount depends on whether you mail the filings in (which can take two to four weeks to get filed that way) or by electronic filing over the internet portal, which happens within a day. The fee doubles to do the internet portal filing. Legal...Read more »
My dentist office continuously provided procedures under the pretense that they would be covered by my insurance. I have now discovered that I hit my spending limit, despite asking the office multiple times if I was coming up on it. They are now holding me accountable for out of pocket costs that I... Read more »
Unless you can show a knowing and intentional act on the part of the dental office to fraudulently trick you into dental services they knew were not covered by your insurance plan, and you clearly and unequivocally communicated to them that you would only accept the procedures if they confirmed...Read more »
I opened the doors to my s-corp in 2020 and due to covid I may have to file for bankruptcy. I have a great opportunity to buy a house now and don't know if the bank will go after my house for collateral. Should I wait to see what the business does or is it safe to buy a house prior to a... Read more »
If you are a personal guarantor, any judgment against you could attach to your home. So, if you file for bankruptcy first, buying a house would most likely be more difficult, but if you buy a home are sued, and the other side wins it could attach to your home as a lien.
In other words, please confirm if an LLC who was properly served with process to the registered agent (who is not an attorney) by court order, needs to hire an Attorney to "Answer" a counterclaim lawsuit as a Third Party Defendant. And please confirm if there is any Georgia State law... Read more »
An automatic stay to prevent a property from going to foreclosure will remain in effect until the bankruptcy court lifts the stay. If a debtor follows the bankruptcy protocal on a chapter 13 plan, the stay remains in force. There is no set time frame for the stay to be removed unless there is non...Read more »
I work at a restaurant in Florida where the GM -- we'll call him John -- is also a part owner of the establishment. Another owner -- we'll call him Chuck -- is also the owner of the building -- from whom the space is rented. And finally, another owner is the chef -- We'll call him... Read more »
This fishy "Contracts, Business Formation and Business Law " story sounds like it was taken right out of a business law course at Santa Fe Community College; otherwise why would you--a mere observer--be interested in knowing how "John" and "Chuck" should show "Rob" the door?
For instance, say I need legal help with a start-up I'm trying to launch. I reach out to an attorney who works for a law firm who who says he's offering pro-bono legal services. I develop a relationship with this attorney and we agree on a deal that says he will take equity in my company... Read more »
The answer depends upon the relationship that this attorney has with the law firm. It is possible that this attorney has some type of non-compete clause, or some other provision in a contract with the employer preventing the lawyer from self-dealing. So much of the answer to your question depends...Read more »
Until the tenant exercises the option to buy, and converts the lease into a sales contract, the tenant remains a tenant and the owner remains a landlord, and the remedies for breach are governed by the landlord tenant laws. There may even be a gray area between exercise of the option and actually...Read more »
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