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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Tax Law and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: Have I been misclassified as independent contractor ? I have been running a business for someone for 8 yrs .

I only receive commission & 1099. I am asking for reimbursement for all necessary spending & maintenance costs as I’m out of pocket for all. I have had no time off, no health care , no overtime tho I am solely responsible for the business . I sign all client contracts as rep for... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Apr 26, 2022

You should call and attorney and request a case evaluation. Whether a 1099 independent contractor is misclassified is a fact specific analysis based on a number of factors.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arizona on
Q: Can a land lord lock you out without getting a court order?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby
answered on Mar 9, 2022

A commercial landlord can lock out a tenant without first obtaining a court order. This option is often specifically reserved in many commercial leases. It is also one of the remedies allowed by ARS 33-361.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: In Arizona can a leasing office give more than one renewal offer raising price each time. I did accept first offer.

The owner changed management companies if that matters.

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby
answered on Dec 22, 2021

This can be done if handled properly by the landlord or his management company. Your documents should be reviewed by an attorney. They may consist of an offer that is binding upon your acceptance. Or they may contain language that provides the proposal is not binding upon the landlord until... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Intellectual Property for Arizona on
Q: Can I teach martial arts?

So I've been Practicing Taekwondo for 7 years now and had been considering teaching kick boxing on the side for some extra cash, and my Instructor had said that if I tried to teach martial arts outside of the school I could be sued because of copy right, could they possibly do that?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Sep 12, 2021

You should consult with an attorney

But as long as you are not taking content, printed or recorded, from somebody else, and as long as you are not violating any employment or NDA, you can be ok

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Internet Law for Arizona on
Q: Does a volunteer own the intellectual property they create for a company if no agreement is made saying otherwise?

In the US (specifically Arizona), if you create intellectual property (e.g. website, social media channels and 3rd party sales channels) as a volunteer (I was a volunteer in a business my husband was a co-owner in, I was not paid, wasn't asked to do create the IP nor directed in any way and... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jul 23, 2021

Depends on any communications or agreement.

Most likely any creation would be considered as a gift.

Depending on the value of the creation an attorney can advise you on what to do

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a small company and I want to manage/invest my clients' money; charing no fees. Are there any legal hurdles?

I want to be able to advertise that I will return a percentage per year on the investment. No fees.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jun 9, 2021

It depends on the type of business you have. You will need a license and registration with agencies.

Consult with an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Q: Who do you report bankruptcy fraud/disability fraud to when your ex business assoc. hides assets, guns, cars etc

We lived operated our business and worked at this non profit outreach and the owner trespassed from property to take our belongings and dumped our destroyed items in the neighbors parking lot ending in filing criminal damage to property of him. He also took door of shower room we had to use so him... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 20, 2021

Report to the FBI.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Business Law and Communications Law for Arizona on
Q: We do internet videos and a major american television show is asking us to sign a "Material License Agreement"

We are wondering what liability can come from this? We do not currently make money from the internet and are just making interesting videos. The contract says we grant non-exclusive license. We're fine giving it away for free but since we don't make money from this, we just want to make... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 8, 2021

An Arizona attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. Because of its complexity and detail, this could be a difficult post for an attorney to respond to without knowing more information, and likely seeing the agreement you mention. If you continue not to get a response,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: I'm looking for a Business attorney that can help me prepare a Certificate/Resolution per the SBA request.

This was the email I received from SBA below


1. Please provide a Certificate/Resolution that includes:

a. A statement that the LLC held a meeting and specify the date (on or after loan approval date of 6/2/2020)

b. A statement that the LLC authorizes... Read more »

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley
answered on Feb 23, 2021

Thanks so much for the list. You will need to hire an attorney to prepare these for you. If the business is in San Diego the attorney must be licensed in California.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: My ex-employer won’t respond when I ask about returning work equipment - tablet, phone & laptop. Are they mine now?
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Oct 7, 2020

No, the equipment is not yours. It is the property of your employer. You should continue to contact your employer until you get a response regarding how the equipment should be returned.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: if i have a non compete with a former employer and that owner sells the company is the non compete still valid?
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby
answered on Aug 11, 2020

It might still be valid. This depends upon how the sale was structured and the agreements made with the buyer. I recommend that you discuss with an employment law attorney before you make any decisions.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: I am thinking of opening a dog bakery in my home. Is that legal? Would it require permits?
Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley
answered on Jun 25, 2020

Thank you for your question. The answers depend upon where you live. You need to contact the city or municipality to answer whether or not a permit is required. However you also need to think about taxes on the money that you earn. I recommend you speak with the city or municipality regarding... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Construction Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: if i work for one client at a time and i stake construction without survey license, im within ARS 32-101?


Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Mar 27, 2020

You are not competent to read the law and determine what it means and whether you can do what you are trying to do. While I have not read the law either I can tell you that if ANY Florida law requires any sort of "certification" before anyone can do whatever the law covers, you cannot... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and International Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it legal for Americans to trade medical supplies overseas ?

Have a offer on the table that Russians want masks and supplier is in China and facilitator says that buyers are now procuring orders but I've not seen proof yet

Getting conflicting reports

We can

we cant

This is how it started:


I have a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 15, 2020

This sounds like a valuable service you are providing to protect people and it is commendable. But the question is very fact-intensive and crosses over a number of different areas involving bulk freight, where it's possible that import-export or shipping consultants who are close to these... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Arizona on
Q: Do you need a license to spray herbicide in arizona for an llc lawn service?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 11, 2020

This is something on which an Arizona attorney could advise best. But your post remains open for three weeks. Many states administer license exams for this - you should be able to find the answer without an attorney by researching the public entity in Arizona that oversees this activity, whether... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I find out if a photo online is owned by someone else?

I'm about to purchase a few images and logos for my small start up business online and the seller is a freelancer from overseas I want to make sure the photos or images are not stolen or I think the term is copyrighted by anyone else before I use them online for my business is there a way to do this

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams
answered on Feb 27, 2020

If you can save a JPEG of the photo, you can drop it into the Google images search bar and see if there are other images out there like it. Unfortunately, searching the Copyright Office's website is not as user-friendly as the USPTO's website. I can assist you in doing a comprehensive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it possible to create an agreement that would give all IP rights produced by one company to another?

My company is considering making an IP Holding company and is interested in moving all the Intellectual Property rights over to the IP Holding company. We know that we can do individual Intellectual Property Assignments of our IPs, but were wondering if it would be possible to create a general... Read more »

Robyn T. Williams
Robyn T. Williams
answered on Feb 15, 2020

The answer to your question depends on the type of IP rights you are seeking to transfer. If you are talking about patents, you can do an assignment agreement for a group of patents/applications that will have to be recorded in the patent office for each patent/application. This agreement will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a business that I loaned money to for startup and they stopped payments after the 2nd payment.

I have already gone thru the courts and filed a judgement and still nothing. There has to be a way to enforce payment or jail for such actions owes me $250k. The state can jail you for non payment why don't I have the same ability?

K. Bryan Goodman
K. Bryan Goodman
answered on Dec 3, 2019

There are law firms that specialize in collection of judgments. You can contact them to see if there are any avenues you can pursue to collect the judgment. If you believe the business was engaged in fraud, you can contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office to file a complaint and see if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: how do I have someone arrested or charged with theft of services

I provided services to an Airbnb home for 3-4 months. the owners have not paid for the last 3 months.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Sep 19, 2019

This is a civil matter (contract dispute). If the amount is $10,000 or less, you may file a claim through small claims court without hiring an attorney. You must make sure that you have any documentation of your agreement or the services you provided and if you are to present any witnesses you need... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Securities Law for Arizona on
Q: I am seeking a R E attorney close to the Mesa area for a long term relationship, who can help me with creative deals.

I also require advise with private loans.

Looking for references. Please!

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 14, 2019

This isn't a referral service; it's just a question and answer board. If you want to find an attorney, you could contact those on this site under the Find-a-Lawyer tab above, conduct your independent searches, or try the State Bar of Arizona. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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