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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Intellectual Property and Trademark for Wisconsin on
Q: If I designed a logo for a small business with plans to expand, but wasn't paid, can I force them to stop using my work?

The situation is messy. I went into business with my sister. She had a partnership with another sister, but the other sister left the business. So she asked me to join. We had a verbal agreement. It was promised that I'd become a partner, or we may renegotiate for me to have a stake in... View More

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answered on Jun 26, 2024

This situation involves several complex legal issues. Let's break it down:

1. Copyright ownership:

Generally, the creator of a work (in this case, your husband who designed the logo) owns the copyright unless there's an agreement transferring those rights. Since there was...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Tax Law and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hypothetically, if an organization with the same model wanted to build houses in the same manner but give the house away

What implications are there to giving a house away with the land? (The land in purchased from the city by HH.)

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If an organization decides to give away houses along with the land, purchased from the city, there are several factors to consider. Firstly, there might be tax implications for both the giver and the receiver. The value of the house and land could be taxable as income for the recipient, depending... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hypothetically, if an organization with the same model of habitat for humanity, but they give away houses.

What implications are there to giving a house away with the land? (The land in purchased from the city by HH.)

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If an organization similar to Habitat for Humanity decided to give away houses along with the land, several implications arise. First, the recipients would gain significant financial security and a sense of permanence, as owning both the house and the land secures their place in the community and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hypothetically, if an organization with the same model of habitat for humanity, but they give away houses.

What implications are there to giving a house away with the land? (The land in purchased from the city by HH.)

Steven Goldburd
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answered on Apr 4, 2024

If this is viable Not-For-Proft (or Non-Profit as some refer) then as long as they are within the bounds of non taxable gifts to their recipients. If the recipients are low income and qualify under the “NFP” charitable purpose then the donor would have a charitable deduction and the recipient a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a not for profit corporation change their name without disolving the corporation and starting over?

They would like a name that better describes the location.

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

Yes, a not-for-profit corporation can change its name without dissolving and starting over. This process typically involves amending the corporation's articles of incorporation to reflect the new name.

The specific steps to change the name will depend on the state in which the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and International Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hi, I am an international student studying in USA. I want to use my mom's name to register an LLC. Is that fine?

My mom is from another country. Can I operate my business like this without breaking any guidelines of my F1-visa, the business will be registered in my Mom's name. Will that be okay? What's your advise on this?

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answered on Dec 14, 2023

Registering an LLC in your mother's name while you are on an F1 visa in the USA requires careful consideration of both immigration and business laws. As an international student, your F1 visa has specific restrictions regarding employment and business operations.

Firstly, you should...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Business Formation, Business Law and International Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hi, I am an international student studying in USA. I want to use my mom's name to register an LLC. Is that fine?

My mom is from another country. Can I operate my business like this without breaking any guidelines of my F1-visa, the business will be registered in my Mom's name. Will that be okay? What's your advise on this?

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answered on Dec 12, 2023

Using your mom's name to register an LLC in the USA is technically possible, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind:

Legal Implications: Registering an LLC in someone else's name, even if it's your mom, may not be against the law in itself. However,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Construction Law for Wisconsin on
Q: We own a construction business and just finished a customer's roof. They put a hold on the payment check.

We finished the customer's roof yesterday and they were happy with the work and paid us with a check. Today, they said they were unhappy with a portion of the roof that is perfectly fine and they put a hold on the payment check. Can they do this?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 1, 2023

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The first thing to check is whether there is a problem with the work that you were not aware of. However, if the work is satisfactory and meets contract specs, then you could reach out to local attorneys to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can my friend trade stocks and give me a split of the profit, if I gave him advice, but my dad works on wallstreet.

in longer form i am wondering if my friend using his money can trade stocks based on advice that I give him and give me a split of the profit. The reason I don't know if this is legal is because my father working at a Hegde fund and therefore my ability to trade stocks is highly regulated and... View More

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Mar 20, 2023

This is not the kind of question that can be answered publically.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Bankruptcy for Wisconsin on
Q: Privately held company filed for 128 Receivership (WI) last week. I own shares in the company. Can I sell my shares?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 29, 2022

I think you will need permission from the court in order to sell your shares post filing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Company has '90 Day Comfort & Satisfaction Guarantee. Could a customer get a full refund within 90 day?

Should the company list the full details of the guarantee?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 9, 2020

A Wisconsin attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. As a GENERAL matter, it might depend on what the rest of the terms of the guarantee outline as remedies for a consumer in the event of less-than-full satisfaction. Since Wisconsin law could govern consumer... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Wisconsin on
Q: With consent, can I create an account for another person for liability insurance and purchase a policy on their behalf?

Basically, I want to purchase on-demand liability insurance for independent contractors that get jobs through my site and I want to know if it is illegal to make this purchase as if I am them if I have their consent in signature form.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 9, 2020

A Wisconsin attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Insurance is generally governed by state laws, but as a general matter, if information falls through the cracks and the carrier raises a defense that they were not provided with accurate information as to a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: A friend and I want to merge our separate LLCs within the next few years to make one business. Is this possible legally?
Gregory Byrnes
Gregory Byrnes
answered on Apr 6, 2020

Yes, it is possible. You will want to review the Wisconsin LLC Law under "SUBCHAPTER XII MERGER; CONVERSION" - Here is the statute: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/183/XII/1207. If the other company is not a Wisconsin LLC, the steps may be different, but every... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: when do you own something you buy from a store

for example if you buy a bottle of syrup from Target when is that bottle of syrup legally yours

Michael Doland
Michael Doland
answered on Dec 24, 2019

This must be a trick question or extreme boredom. The product is yours when you pay the money and get a receipt.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Is there any law stating an employee be allowed to see his/her contract?

I have a contract with my employer, but every time I ask for a copy of it I just get an excuse why he can’t do it. Are employees allowed by law to see his/her contract whenever they choose?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 13, 2019

You posted this in Business Law, a logical choice, but that might be why it hadn't been picked up by an employment law attorney, who is really the person you want input from. You could repost and add Employment Law as a category. As a general legal premise for all areas of law, the practice of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Is it fraud if an owner of a company advertises merchandise at a certain percentage off, but then tells the sales team n

Is it fraud if an owner of a company advertises merchandise at a certain percentage off, but then tells the sales team not to let customers know of these sales?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 28, 2019

It's possible. It depends on the state of mind with which it's done.

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I file a complaint if a company does not disclose the “cooling off period” and inform me of my right to terminate?

Signed an advertising deal with Wisconsin based company which I am now in the process of terminating by way of paying an early termination fee. My question is since they failed to inform me of my right to terminate and no where on the contract does it state it, do I have grounds for a complaint?... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 4, 2019

Unfortunately, not every written contract is required to have a free "I've got second thoughts and want an early out" clause. In fact, you should be glad the contract even has an "early termination fee" clause, because that is not required everywhere either.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: If contract has no stated early termination fee can the other party just make one up?

I signed contract in Ga with representative from a Wisconsin company. I am 22 and representative took me to fancy place and offered food/drinks I got caught up and signed a pretty bad deal. I will pay their early termination fee if have to but seems a little unfair. The salesperson told me that if... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 3, 2019

Unless you signed the contract less than a week or ten days ago the "cooling off" clause has probably expired. Claiming to have been taken advantage of because the sales guy plied you with fancy food and expensive booze while he was convincing you to sign the "bad deal" will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: After 35 years of marriage my parents are going through a divorce that's very complicated due to owning many businesses.

These businesses are supported financially by the others during the off season. They have a substantial amount of debt that is personal and the businesses. My father wants to file bankruptcy right away before trying to sell assets and my mother does not agree with him. He wants to keep one business... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Oct 20, 2018

This is such a complex question with so many variables that it is impossible to properly answer here. It depends on whose name and how assets and liabilities are held as to what the proper action. Each can file separately if necessary, but generally speaking both parties are best served by filing... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: How does a business proceed on getting there vehicle back as a lienholder , if the client has a chapter 7 discharge?

Can we legally contact after discharge of ch 7 if they still have our property and are not paying?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Aug 25, 2018

Yes. You cannot collect any money from the debtor unless they filed a reaffirmation agreement, but you are entitled to possession of the vehicle if they are not paying for it. Consulate a local attorney who call help you reclaim the car.

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