Timothy Denison's answer The Lexington attorney is correct. If they agreed to hold it ( knowing the funds weren’t there and wouldn’t be there until later), it is a civil matter as you cannot defraud one who accepts a check knowing that the funds are not contemporaneously there.
Timothy Denison's answer You may be inbreach of the contract if you do. If you want to negotiate the contract yourself, you should terminate the lawyers services before attempting to negotiate directly with the company. The lawyer is entitled to be paid for whatever time he has in up to the point of termination.
Timothy Denison's answer It probably is enforceable. If the contract does not preclude you getting another job before you give notice, then you should first acquire the new job and thereafter give your 90 day notice.
Timothy Denison's answer If you were listed as a creditor in the bankruptcy seven years ago the contractor was discharged, your opportunities died with the discharge. If you were not listed as a creditor, then you may take action against him.
Timothy Denison's answer You’re going to have to hire a lawyer to protect you. If the business is a sole proprietorship, the taxes should be paid by the sp before any profits are distributed. If there is a deficit, you each owe 1/2 the deficit. If it is a Partnership or corporation, similarly, the p or c should pay the taxes before the money is distributed.
Timothy Denison's answer Liquor licenses are a highly regulated area by government. When you purchased the LLC you should have been made aware of the back taxes owed. You probably have a cause of action against the sellers for failing to disclose that information.
David Earl Phillips' answer There is no debtor's prison. If there was, over 50% of Americans would be in jail. You may very well be judgment proof and not need a bankruptcy filing. It would still not hurt to talk with a bankruptcy near you to get an opinion and to see all of your options. Most lawyers offer a free consultation to review your situation. Hope it works out. Good luck!
Matthew M Montoya's answer You should find a Tax Controversy attorney to handle the matter. There are a lot of different ramifications that depend on the exact factual scenario.
For example, a "side business" that involves occasionally making trinkets and selling them on Etsy is very different from a "side business" that makes a profit like a "real" business. The amount of money as well as the length of operation can also make a difference.
Again you would best be served by seeking a tax...
Adam Studnicki's answer If it's going to cost that much (sounds remarkably steep), it's certainly worth an hour consultation with a local business lawyer to determine your rights and options.
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