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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Collections for New Jersey on
Q: i had convenience store and by my employee, food stamp fraud happen and need help for that.

i got letter for $12k penalty but did not pay and closed store. but even after couple of year, they took money around $15k and still shows $23k i have pay after penalty and interest on it. i would like to resolved this. please help.

Paul J. Riviere
Paul J. Riviere answered on Aug 18, 2020

It sounds like you may have received a charge letter, pursuant to 7 C.F.R. §278.6(b), did you respond? You need an attorney to help you mitigate the penalties you are faced with. The USDA or AG's office can be very challenging to deal with.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I cancel my wedding in NJ in 11/2020 under the impossibility clause for a full refund due to COVID?

I signed a contract and have paid. My fiancé is being deployed next year so we cannot reschedule. The venue is making changes to what is in my contract due to COVID restrictions and I want to just cancel and be refunded.

Melissa Totaro
Melissa Totaro answered on Aug 13, 2020

In addition to whatever the terms are in your contract, there are principals of general contract law regarding unforeseeable intervening events, impossibility and frustration of purpose that may apply to your situation. In addition, if the venue refuses to allow you to cancel and return your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: Where do I start?

I got married back in November, we hired this company to do our video, photography and flowers. The videographer showed up a hour late causing our wedding to pushed back a hour. The videographer told the company he was in a car accident, but it turns out he never was. He was fired. 8 months has... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 22, 2020

This is definitely a breach of contract case. You may even be entitled to triple damages if your lawyer can prove consumer fraud which may allow you to get back the payment you will need to make to hire a good lawyer. Setup an in office consultation with a good lawyer of your choice.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Why is it illegal to file eviction in NJ without an attorney if you’re an LLC?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jun 16, 2020

Because the Statutes require all forms of corporate entities to be represented by attorneys in all legal matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: Are guaranteed payments permitted without a partnership agreement being in an existent NJ LLC ?
Paul J. Riviere
Paul J. Riviere answered on Jun 15, 2020

GPs should be contained within the Operating Agreement. You also need contingency planning in case GPs become impractical or impossible. Speak with an experienced business attorney to get an agreement that works for your business.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I opened a business with a partner who moved away and now after we agreed he was out keeps trying to get money.

What can I do to get him out for good and so that he has no recourse to try to claim a portion of the business anymore

Paul J. Riviere
Paul J. Riviere answered on Jun 15, 2020

You need to come to terms on a transfer of the absent partner's interest in the business to you. This can be done with a buyout or some other form of transfer or in the worst case scenario by judicial determination. Get in contact with an business lawyer to proceed properly.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, I was thinking about starting an advertising/marketing business online where I’ll post on social media accounts.

What licensing will I need to acquire and how much will I be taxed or charged to hold the business

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 14, 2020

You need to speak with a lawyer, this not a question that can be answered in a free short question and answer posting as many questions need to be asked by the lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I’m interested in wholesaling.. If I sign an offer to purchase on a home, am I legally obligated to buying and damages?

Essentially I want to find homes, sign offers to purchase, and then sell the interest in those properties to house flippers who will make more money for a fee. Do I need a real estate license in NJ? Should I incorporate? Do I tell my current employer? Thanks for your input!

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jun 13, 2020

You really need to have an experienced business and real estate attorney set up the right corporate structure, draft the contracts and handle all legal aspects of your business. Good law firms will enable you to retain their services on an ongoing monthly retainer. Remember, a good lawyer is rarely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I worked or a company of food delivery and they were cutting our money

then they sent some checks. for me they sent an email they say they will send me a check of $13 But i'm sure it was more than $13 i heard some drivres they hire a lower and they get more than that

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on May 18, 2020

This is not workers comp. It is more in the field of wage and hour compliance. Google the NJ Department of Labor. Go to the tab on Worker Protection and wage and hour compliance will pop up. That will make for good background reading. if you don't have the answer after that contact a wage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: How long does a contractor have to refund a deposit on a contract cancelled within the 3-day right of rescission?

Home improvement contract. I cancelled two days after signing (within the 3 day period). Contractor already cashed my check. How long do they have to refund me my money?

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on May 17, 2020

The refund should be made promptly, if you provided proper written notice of the cancellation. It is extremely rare for a home improvement contact to be legally valid in the State of New Jersey. You should discuss this situation with an experienced civil litigation attorney. With state-of-the-art... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Copyright for New Jersey on
Q: If I purchase a design from online, would I be able to use that design on my own product to sell?

I want to start a small embroidery business and a common way to make designs is to buy them off of sellers on etsy. Would I be able to sell products with their designs?

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 8, 2020

As Mr. Boyer says, you would need a license to use the design, because whatever you produce based on the pattern would be a derivative work. Check the Terms of Use on the website where the design was posted. Most likely it gives you a limited license to make products for your own use, but not for... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: What are the steps to ensure my business name is secure?

I’m in the works of a clothing business and want to know what steps I need to take in order for the name to be secure? I want the brand name safe from being taken. Also curious if there’s a way to copyright it, or whatever the proper terminology is, before launching the business?

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 7, 2020

If the word you use for your company's name is also the trademark/brand you want to protect, that can be done by filing an Intent to Use trademark application with the USPTO. This kind of application can be filed before you open for business. It is a way to put down a "tap tap... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Business Law and Legal Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: . How can I create a legal binding promissory note?

My friend sold her business to me but it’s still in her name. I can’t change my name because of other reason but Tax responsibility 100% is mine, but I want to have a legal binding document that can create a bond of trust between us. I want to write a kind of promissory note show that if IRS... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on May 5, 2020

The issues presented are as follows:

1. protecting your friend from the IRS in the event of a triggering event for liability,

2. give your friend confidence that she is properly protected from liability AND

3. guarantee that its your business and that if its successful,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I want to ask about the "Force Majeure" clause in my lease.

I am a restaurant owner and my restaurant is located in a mall of Jersey City, NJ. There is a huge impact for my business due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Especially, striating 3/12, the mall has a close order by the local governor. Currently, the mall is still close. And we already paid for this... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Mar 19, 2020

An Attorney would need to read and review your lease to see if you were able to avoid paying rent or even get a reduction. Generally the clause protects the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sell myself to be someone’s prom date?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 7, 2020

Are you serious? Maybe you should auction yourself off to the highest bidder, so you can afford a criminal defense attorney? Of course you run the risk that no one will buy you and you have posted an intent to commit a criminal offense on a website frequented by law enforcement.

3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Business Formation, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New Jersey on
Q: Can a company use a different name than their registered business name in their advertising?

2 companies, same NJ town, similar names (names changed for privacy).

Company #1 - XYZ Electric. They hold both Electricians & Home Improvement Contractors license under the name XYZ Electric. They don't have a registered DBA. Co #1 was in business before co #2.

Company #2... Read more »

Carl G Hawkins
Carl G Hawkins answered on Feb 21, 2020

If company 2 trademark is not registered with state or USPTO then you’re likely out of luck because the marks practically need to be identical. If it is registered then it obviously bodes well for co2. With that being said, there are a lot of grey areas in the law and speaking with an attorney... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: what is considered written notice?

Would a flyer put in someone’s door regarding a special meeting of an association being held be considered written notice?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 28, 2020

Written notice is a broad concept and there is no universal definition that fits every possible setting. It could be defined by statute in civil procedure rules, or it could be defined by municipal codes when it comes to public entities. With non-public entities, it could be defined in by-laws or... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: My wife and I ran a small LLC for five years. Slow sales are forcing us to close in Feb. 2020. In the meantime, FedEx i

We ran a business with best intentions but lost lots of money, and I feel it is wrong for others to sue wy wife who is the CEO while we hoped for some Corporation protection from personal assets. Can we ask the court to remove my wife from the lawsuit and deal with the corporation only? What is the... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 16, 2019

No your wife is a proper party to the lawsuit. Only a properly set up LLC with 3 members or more will protect you from personal liability. Depending on your overall situation you should retain either an experienced civil litigation or bankruptcy attorney. To determine how you should proceed an in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Insurance Defense for New Jersey on
Q: Should I have separate insurance policies for my rental LLC’s, or can it be a named insured on my personal policy?
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 5, 2019

Each LLC should have at least three members and it's own insurance policy. All LLCs should be owned by a "C" corp. Anything else is not going to protect you from personal liability. You really need to retain an experienced business and contracts attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New Jersey on
Q: I have an S Corp, I signed a software contract and breached contract. I owe them money, Can they sue me personally?
Paul J. Riviere
Paul J. Riviere answered on Oct 29, 2019

Generally speaking a corporation's officers and directors are not personally liable for the obligations of the Company. As always there are exceptions to this general rule so it is definitely a good idea to talk to a good business litigator; you are going to need one to handle the lawsuit.

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