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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: Is it violating non-compete if I work for subcontractor of competing company?

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Shafeek Seddiq
Shafeek Seddiq answered on Apr 13, 2020

It depends on what your non-compete says. Non-compete, also knowns as restrictive covenants, prevents employees from stealing employer secrets and customer after their employment ends. It can also prohibit employee from contacting employer's customers, prohibiting you from working for someone... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: What is the difference between business litigation and employment litigation?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 29, 2020

Business litigation deals with business matters such as the sale of goods, breach of contract, challenging corporate structures, and other areas, many of which are related to contract law. Employment litigation is more focused on matters that arise in the workplace, such as discrimination, wrongful... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: My LLC is being sued along with me as an individual. How can I separate the two so I can defend myself?

Basically I've been hit with a frivilous lawsuit from an old advisor who has dragged out the court process long enough to bankrupt me. I'm trying to make it to court so I can get the case thrown out, but since the LLC is attached I can't defend myself. Is there a way to separate... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Feb 18, 2020

The answer to your question will depend on what is alleged in the lawsuit that was filed against the LLC and against you. There is no general answer like one size fits all.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Q: Nat. company’s website refers to a hired person’s “bio” & includes false claim of starting event that’s yours. Sue comp?

Their is the local branch that the person was hired but the person works all over the country with the large nat. company. It is still active on the website. I know they scrubbed social media for everything/ anything when he hired, but the liar wrote this bit and they missed it. Can I file a cease... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Feb 16, 2020

Many of the answers to your questions depend on the particular facts that are involved in your case. You should definitely confer with a lawyer and get a formal opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Gov & Administrative Law for Virginia on
Q: 850k If an attorney erases 3 lines in a copy of a contract he gives to a judge, is there a way to deal with it swiftly?

$850,000

The original contract is on file and his client stated he had possessions, that are the contract stated, he had no knowledge of the list and if found he would return. Apdx A was the 100k. list items. It a custom contact 3 pg doc. with appendix A list.. page contract written on the... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Feb 16, 2020

It is no clear what is your question but if there was a judgment entered against you, you should file an appeal asap.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Immigration Law and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: The JCE in an EB-5 case is terminated during I-526. Will our case be denied? Can I get back my money? What should I do?

The LLC that we have invested fund in our EB-5 case, has terminated. Our case is still waiting on response from USCIS for I-526. The case has been received in 2016 and I don't know when the company is terminated.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Consult an immigration attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: Would reporting gross incompetence of a company to news outlets outlets be covered under whistleblower
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Dec 29, 2019

I regret that I do not handle whistleblower matters. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: How Can a firm charge a client for hiring me if I am not their employee, nor have a non compete contract.

I currently obtain part time shifts through a company that declares I am not an employee, I am an independent contractor. Therefor they can not and will not verify that I work through them. One of the facilities I have been providing assistance to wanted to hire me FT. I was interested. They say... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 27, 2019

If you did not sign any documents or a contract with the employment agency I would be very surprised--because all of them require people like you to do so.

Moreover, if an employment agency or company has been sending you out to work at various places then you can be sure the agency has...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: What are the potential risks and liabilities a cleaning business can face?
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Oct 11, 2019

You question is too broad to give you a short answer. If you have a specific question I may be able to answer it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Can a company change the rules to a giveaway the day before the drawing?

I am having a difficult time finding a lawyer for this issue. I began playing at the new Rosie's locations since they opened in May, I started playing there when they launched a Giveaway for cash prizes and a car with a cash option if I did not want the car. I played their locations and... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Aug 22, 2019

I regret that I do not handle this type of matter. You may want to contact the Office of the Attorney General for Virginia and ask them your questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: My mother passed away willing her home to my brothers. The will was notarized, but no witness on it. Is the Will valid?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 18, 2019

I'm very sorry for your loss. Your question was probably overlooked all this time because it wasn't in the Probate or Estate Planning categories, where an attorney knowledgeable about wills might have seen it. 'Sorry for this inconvenience, but you could repost and include those... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Collections for Virginia on
Q: Can a vendor keep my deposit?

I paid a singer for an event a deposit, the amount was half the cost of his services. There was no form of contract or agreement created detailing services or if the deposit was non-refundable. About a week after he was paid, and over a month before the event, I decided I no longer needed his... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

This sad incident should convince you--and perhaps teach others who learn about it--to ALWAYS get personal service contracts like this in writing, spelling out all the details. The singer is used to--and happy--to sign contracts; but the singer is probably much happier when folks like you give him... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Tax Law for Virginia on
Q: I own an LLC, and I have 2 houses which I leave for renting. How can I do taxes for my LLC? Thank you.

Do I need to put 2 these houses into my LLC, or I can leave them separated, and then I still can do taxes for my LLC?

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on May 22, 2019

With no tax elections and no partners the LLC will be reported on Sch C.

The rental should be reported on Sch E if not actively managed or Sch C is actively managed.

If you put the rentals in your LLC you still file them on C or E based on active participation.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: How do I start a sole proprietorship for my online reselling business as a minor?

I am a minor form Virginia who has a fair amount of experience with online sales and ecommerce. However, I know that my next business venture will generate enough money to know longer be considered " A hobby" which saves me the trouble of filing taxes for it. I want to legitimize my... Read more »

Arnab Kumar Banerjee
Arnab Kumar Banerjee answered on Jan 29, 2019

you need a parent or guardian to register your business. you have no capacity to enter into any type of contract. so you need a legal guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: Can we sent out a text to customer third-party site ) to place Food Order - send a thank you and status text

I am Company A - restaurant - would like to use phone number received on order-form from Third-party ( Company ANY) who sends me order to prepare food for a customer who visited their site- I would like to send them text to these customer who are going to be trying and eating my food and tell... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jan 29, 2019

The law in Virginia does not allow you or prohibit you from sending such as text as described.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: What if I purchase a piece of furniture and the merchant proceeds to inform me they the them plus their vendor is out.

Am I entitled to a refund? I love in Virginia

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Dec 11, 2018

I am unsure what is your question since the words you used are confusing.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Internet Law for Virginia on
Q: A website policy is dated 2011 yet the most current policy is dated 2017. Which policy takes legal precedence?

Concerning an auto auction arbitration policy: "NAAA Arbitration Policy" is dated 2017 and covers arbitration rules. The company website lists "Marketplace Policies" that also address arbitration but is dated 2011. The two policies conflict in some areas. Which policy takes precedence?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 24, 2018

It could be difficult for an attorney to answer without reading both policies. You could present both policies to an attorney in your state.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Virginia on
Q: My significant other of nine years are now parting ways. How do we transfer ownership of the business we have together?

We never got around to changing the business structure. It is a sole proprietorship in her name. We have vending and a business bank account. Is there an easy way to just change or do we file for new business license and essentially start over completely, applying for vending accounts, etc.? Trying... Read more »

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson answered on Jul 25, 2018

I know no one likes this answer because it's exactly what you are trying to avoid...but you need to speak with a business attorney directly. While we can give general advice about what you need to do, there's almost always something unique to your situation that can adversely impact your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: want to know if the owner is allowed to hold on to my tips if something is not done right.

He has a “to do list” with 10-12 things he wants done, and if one is not he would take 10% each of our tips for the day (cash and extra gratuity tips). He also takes them and holds on to them till Friday and then gives them to us.

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson answered on Apr 12, 2018

Depends on whether he's at least paying you minimum wage ($7.25). If not, then he can get in some big trouble for that scheme, and you may want to consult an employment law attorney. Employment law attorneys don't typically charge consultation fees, and in some cases, may take some cases... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Business Formation for Virginia on
Q: Is a license/registration required to give a three day Survival Class with one overnight camping required in Virginia?

I want to provide a basic wilderness survival class to minors and adults, age 12+, that involves one day lecture (8 hours) and one day (overnight) practical experience (total of three days) in the wilderness (though, not the backcountry as medical services are readily near). Are there any... Read more »

Timothy R Johnson
Timothy R Johnson answered on Mar 29, 2018

I can't possibly think of a department or 'professional license' that this would apply to.

If anything, the bigger issue is working out possible areas of liability such as if someone is injured while hiking or while engaged in any of the survivalist activities. You would...
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