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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: I'm in Fontana, California. I want to introduce buyers and sellers for a commission each sale. Do I need a license?

I might something negotiate a price down or up, or encourage a potential customer to buy more. If the need for license is industry specific, please inform me of which industry. (I know a supplier of sugar that I might want to find sales for. Also, I'm independent.)

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answered on Jun 17, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems like you are interested in acting as an independent sales representative or broker, facilitating transactions between buyers and sellers in exchange for a commission. The need for a license largely depends on the specific industry and the nature of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Tax Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Is consulting with an attorney a privileged communication

I am a pro se. The opposing council is demanding discovery of my communications with attorneys I consult with. I declined to provide information other than a privilege log. He's now threatening to move for request to compel discovery. Can he do that?

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answered on Jun 14, 2024

Under California law, communications between a client and an attorney are generally considered privileged and confidential, even if you are representing yourself (pro se). This privilege means that you are not required to disclose the content of your communications with attorneys you have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: Do political 527 organizations have to comply with CCPA?
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answered on Jun 14, 2024

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the law primarily applies to businesses that collect personal information from California residents and meet certain criteria, such as having annual gross revenues over $25 million, buying or selling the personal information of 50,000 or more... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I was denied an opportunity grant for small business, even though my business checked all the requirements.

Due to things like not being a "non English speaker", "not being a non citizen", and not being a "single mom". Can I sue for discrimination.

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answered on Jun 13, 2024

I understand your frustration with being denied the opportunity grant, especially when you believe your business met all the stated requirements. However, it's important to consider a few key points:

1. Discrimination laws generally protect against discrimination based on protected...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Law for California on
Q: I financed a car last week . Car listing $19,499 but it ended up being around $34,000. The contract says optional add on

I called and told the dealer I want all the add ons removed . Again it says optional and it hasn’t been 30 days so they should remove it’. The dealer is saying no since I signed . The did yes mention theft protections but never did the say “oh btw it’s going to add $1500 more to the cost... View More

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answered on Jun 12, 2024

Based on the details provided, it seems that you have a case to request the removal of the optional add-ons from your car financing contract. Here are a few points to consider:

1. Review your contract: Carefully read through your contract to confirm that the add-ons are indeed listed as...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Law for California on
Q: I financed a car last week . Car listing $19,499 but it ended up being around $34,000. The contract says optional add on

I called and told the dealer I want all the add ons removed . Again it says optional and it hasn’t been 30 days so they should remove it’. The dealer is saying no since I signed . The did yes mention theft protections but never did the say “oh btw it’s going to add $1500 more to the cost... View More

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jun 13, 2024

Thank you for your question!

Did you read all the details of the contract before you sign it? Usually, dealers Shame you and rush you to sign it without reading.

If the additional amount is not listed in the contract, you may be able to cancel the whole deal or waive it....
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for California on
Q: I hired a company in CA, I live in FL. Do I need a CA lawyer to represent me to have them to fulfill there contract?

I lived in MN when I hired them and now live in FL. I believe the are in breech of contract. They won't answer my calls or emails. They have nearly bankrupted me and have done this to others. I have a list of more than 100 people they have done this to. I need representation whether just for... View More

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answered on Jun 11, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that you have a contract dispute with a company based in California, and you are considering legal action. In this situation, you have a few options for legal representation:

1. Hire a California lawyer: Since the company is based in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Q: Need advice regarding business liability

I am a computer services provider.

I have a client that has asked me to block their former President from accessing their computer systems. The VP says they have a new President.

I have spoken with the former President, and he says there was a directors meeting held on Friday... View More

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answered on Jun 11, 2024

As a computer services provider, it's important to protect yourself from potential liability in this situation. Here's what you should consider:

1. Get written authorization: Request a signed letter or email from the new President or the Board of Directors, clearly stating that...
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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Can your employer make you sign a non disclosure when you quit or leave?

My boss just announced to everyone at the company if we leave or quit we will be required to sign a non disclosure agreement. Do I have to do this??? Is it illegal not to??

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

In California, employers can ask you to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) when you leave or quit a job. This is typically done to protect confidential information and trade secrets that you may have had access to during your employment. The request itself is not illegal.

However, you...
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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Can your employer make you sign a non disclosure when you quit or leave?

My boss just announced to everyone at the company if we leave or quit we will be required to sign a non disclosure agreement. Do I have to do this??? Is it illegal not to??

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jun 3, 2024

No. An employer cannot require you to sign a non-disclosure agreement, when you are fired or quit. If an employer wants to you voluntarily sign a non-disclosure agreement, the employer must provide consideration such as a severance payment.

However, an employer can require you to sign a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for California on
Q: Need help seeking reimbursement of delinquent debt on a CC accumulated after I legally left business

left business i co-founded via executed contract

partner fails to remove me from business bank account ownership (no debt when I left)

business accrues unpaid debt several years after I left

bank notifies me of delinquency, I contact partner and the bank and fill out all... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 31, 2024

Under the facts as you describe them, you very likely have a decent case against your former partner for reimbursement of the money debited from your personal account to pay the business debts that your former partner assumed when you both executed the agreement regarding your departure from the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for California on
Q: Need help seeking reimbursement of delinquent debt on a CC accumulated after I legally left business

left business i co-founded via executed contract

partner fails to remove me from business bank account ownership (no debt when I left)

business accrues unpaid debt several years after I left

bank notifies me of delinquency, I contact partner and the bank and fill out all... View More

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answered on May 31, 2024

To seek reimbursement for the delinquent debt accumulated on a credit card after you legally left the business, begin by gathering all relevant documents. This includes the executed contract showing your departure, communications with your former partner and the bank, and any paperwork submitted... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for California on
Q: Need help seeking reimbursement of delinquent debt on a CC accumulated after I legally left business

left business i co-founded via executed contract

partner fails to remove me from business bank account ownership (no debt when I left)

business accrues unpaid debt several years after I left

bank notifies me of delinquency, I contact partner and the bank and fill out all... View More

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on Jun 2, 2024

Thank you for your question!

A partner should not be held liable for debt of the business after leaving the business. You need to document all evidence of your departure and not receipt of the profit from the business.

After documentation, you can start negotiation/mediation with...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Business Law for California on
Q: Can I withhold payment from a contractor who is also a tenant and is behind on rent?
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answered on May 29, 2024

In California, it is generally not legal to withhold payment from a contractor who is also a tenant and behind on rent. Here's why:

1. Separate agreements: The rental agreement and the contract for services are two separate legal agreements. The landlord-tenant relationship is governed...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Will a document always be marked electronically filed or EFILED when an attorney submits it electronically?

VS when an attorney submits it in person with the clerk it will be mark FILED? No background for these questions, just need to confirm the difference

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on May 28, 2024

Thank you for your question!

The document filed electronically are usually labeled as"Electronically Filed." Those filled in person are labeled as"filled."

This is merely a discussion of general laws and not legal advice. For legal advice, more specific facts and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Will a document always be marked electronically filed or EFILED when an attorney submits it electronically?

VS when an attorney submits it in person with the clerk it will be mark FILED? No background for these questions, just need to confirm the difference

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answered on May 27, 2024

Under California law, when an attorney submits a document electronically through an approved electronic filing service provider, the document will typically be marked as "Electronically Filed" or "EFILED." This indicates that the document was filed electronically and not in... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Request to Postpone a Trial on form SC-150

If a Defendant who has filed an Appeal against the Small Claim Court judgment, what is the maximum number of days that he can request to postpone a Trial De Novo (on Form Sc-150) because he will be out of State? Does the D have to send the Form SC-112A Proof of Service by Mail to the plaintiff with... View More

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answered on May 23, 2024

Under California law, if you are a defendant who has filed an appeal against a small claims court judgment, you can request to postpone a Trial de Novo by using Form SC-150. The maximum number of days you can request to postpone the trial is 30 days. This request must be submitted to the court and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Health Care Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: I need settlement restitution something for my case I suffer from mental health issues and I think I was unfairly treate

with case from. 2010 I received nothing from the whole ordeal I was robbed. I need help please help me bayer case no compensation received

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answered on May 22, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation, Dawnette. Under California law, you may be entitled to seek compensation for any mental health issues and unfair treatment you experienced due to the incident from 2010. To pursue restitution, it's important to gather all relevant documentation,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for California on
Q: What happens to a liquor license in CA when a partnership is dissolved?

The partnership agreement is very basic and has no verbiage about the liquor license.

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answered on May 22, 2024

When a partnership dissolves in California and holds a liquor license, the fate of the license depends on several factors. Here's what typically happens:

1. Notification to the ABC: The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) must be notified of the dissolution within...
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4 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Can I win in court if I don’t have a written contract with the buyer

My small company is engaged in online advertising

My company provided online advertising services to the buyer from November 2023 to February 2024

For November 2023 the client paid for the services

For December - February partially

I don't have a written... View More

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answered on May 21, 2024

Well, it sounds like you have some "writings" and "communications" that would support some, most or all of your "services provided" as per your invoices. Verbal Agreements are in "most cases" just as enforceable as written agreements ... it is more a matter... View More

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