Scott C. Stockwell's answer If you directly own an interest in the building (your name is on the deed), there is a process called partition in which you file a lawsuit asking the judge to “partition” the property. If it is not possible to “partition” the property into seaprate, discrete parts, as would likely be the case with an office building, then the judge can order an appraisal of the property and the property is offered to the parties for the value determined. If no one wanted to purchase the building for...
Scott C. Stockwell's answer You should proceed with caution and take no action without the advice of counsel. Your understood one set of circumstances to justify your initial involvement or investment. Now you are being asked to borrow money to "purchase" the next level. You have characterized the arrangement as a "pyramid" arrangement. You should be testing your involvement in such an arrangement by consulting with an attorney who could help you evaluate it. Some questions that might be appropriate might include: Why is...
Rick Davis' answer Who took the picture? When was it taken. If you did not take the picture than you can not use it without permission. If you did take the picture, but took it as an employee of the other company, they likely also have the rights to the picture as "employee work product."
You would be best to take another picture to use on your website as then you do not have to worry about any issues.
Marshall Jason Ray's answer You should have a local attorney review the situation. The legality and enforceability of a non-compete agreement depend on various factors. A local attorney will need to review the specific contract about which you are asking and give you an opinion.
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