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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: Can the uplyft capital loan be forgiven
William J. Amann
William J. Amann answered on Mar 26, 2022

Yes. No matter what the name of the loan or lender is, if it is an unsecured loan and not a kind specified as non-dischargeable (under 11 USC 523), it can be discharged. If a lender "forgives" the loan it could raise tax issues (phantom income).

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Trademark for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to get a license to use the Red Sox B Service Mark in order to use it as a small part of my business name/logo

The Red Sox ‘B’ Service Mark, while used almost exclusively by the Boston Red Sox, is more closely aligned with representing the city of Boston as a whole… my business name utilizes the term BOSSTOWN, and I would like to use the ‘B’ Service Mark for the B in BOSSTOWN. The two businesses... Read more »

Michael Ray Smith
Michael Ray Smith answered on Feb 12, 2022

I see that you posted your question not only under Business Formation but also under Trademark. That's good because you need the advice of an intellectual property lawyer, someone who practices trademark law regularly. There are a number of factors to consider. Depending on the answers, the... Read more »

Q: I sell a product that I DIY, meaning the product existed already and was popular and more known in the 80s-90s.

Another company altered the same original product the same way I did and is claiming she’s the original creator of that new design. So she and her friends have been harassing me on both personal and business social medias. A good 2-3 businesses sell the same new version of this product as well.... Read more »

Stephen E. Zweig
Stephen E. Zweig answered on Feb 1, 2022

I am not sure if this applies to your situation or not. However many products from the 80's and 90's, unless covered by trademarks (such as the product's name or logo) or copyrights (for example, graphics), are now "public domain." In such cases, anyone might be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Could an associate of a law firm like Latham & Watkins provide legal services outside of their law firm?

For instance, say I need legal help with a start-up I'm trying to launch. I reach out to an attorney who works for a law firm who who says he's offering pro-bono legal services. I develop a relationship with this attorney and we agree on a deal that says he will take equity in my company... Read more »

Richard Gaudet
Richard Gaudet answered on Mar 26, 2021

The answer depends upon the relationship that this attorney has with the law firm. It is possible that this attorney has some type of non-compete clause, or some other provision in a contract with the employer preventing the lawyer from self-dealing. So much of the answer to your question depends... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am trying to start my own business and I honestly have no clue where to start. Some advice would be appreciated! Tkyou
Joanne Belasco
Joanne Belasco answered on Feb 2, 2021

Congratulations! There really isn't an easy way to answer this question. A lot depends on what kind of business you are starting and what form of business is right for you. You would need to make sure the name is available. As to the form of business, an LLC might be perfect for one person... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Internet Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Should I include any sort of legal text/disclaimer on my clothing store website?

I'm starting my first online clothing store. Should I include any sort of legal text on my website? My brand is not trademarked yet, I live in the US, and I'll be shipping to ePacket countries. Thank you!

William Scott Goldman
William Scott Goldman answered on Jun 30, 2020

Trademark protection is always recommended, including searching for any potentially-confusing marks. Otherwise, terms of use, privacy policy and such should all be considered for an e-commerce site. Please call or email if you need assistance with any of the above.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Contracts and White Collar Crime for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I be removed from a Mass LLC without consent?

I've been removed from a Mass LLC that I was 50% owner of by the other 50% owner. The original LLC filing has me on it. My partner filed an amendment to the LLC that removed my name. And another amendment that changes the name of the LLC. Is it possible for this to happen without my consent?... Read more »

Kas DeCarvalho
Kas DeCarvalho answered on Feb 10, 2020

Short answer: No, probably not.

You're response: "But my partner did--now what?!"

...and that's a longer answer.

So, unless your LLC's Operating Agreement provides for some mechanism for a single 50% Member to remover the other (which is possible,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: If I have a Service Mark under an LLC can this be considered a "business name" to add to a business bank account?

I have an events LLC producing different types of events. I would like to have two brands under the main LLC to do business as. If I trademark or service mark the 2 event brand names, would that be enough to do business as and add the name to a business bank account? Or would I also need to open... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Aug 10, 2019

It isn't one or the other, they have different purposes. The short answer is that you should probably do both in order to accomplish everything you describe, and likely other things too. Hire a business attorney to give you specific advise on all of this.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Are online contracts enough legally to guarantee a business share ? .

I run a software related website with good amount of users , I was approached by another website owner who has the business registered as an LLC in Boston Massachusetts,We figured out the details of the merge and all is fine .

When i asked how we move forward with the process of making me a... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Jul 4, 2019

No, not at all. Before you agree to anything, you need to hire a law firm that has experience working with non-citizens in your situation to properly advise you on both the legal and tax implications of what you propose.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: We need to set up an LLC for our business. What type of lawyer do we use for that? What is the average cost to do so?

Small family-owned business. Sales of $750,000 in 2018.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 22, 2019

A business lawyer such as myself handles such issues as business formation, but it's key to also consider having a lawyer draft crucial contracts that you may need in dealing with employees and other 3rd parties, review your business for compliance with related laws, consider Intellectual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: What do I need to know about insuring my home if my new startup employees are going to work here with me?
John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Aug 24, 2018

You need to work with both an experienced attorney and insurance agent to protect yourself here in all aspects. For both, the details of your business will dictate what you need. For insurance, at minimum you need a commercial general liability policy and also workers compensation policy since you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What does a lawyer do when creating a partnership agreement?
John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Jul 6, 2018

First have a conversation with all proposed partners to determine their legal needs and goals. Then advise on the best way to form the entity and draft the appropriate documents to accomplish same.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: What is a Social Enterprise Characterized under, an LLC or Non-Profit Status?

I have a Social Business Idea that has a few ways to be monetized and I don't want to be completely limited by the Non-Profit sector. I want to file for incorporation but don't know what Umbrella a Social Enterprise falls under.

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Mar 12, 2018

In Massachusetts, one option is a benefit corporation. Here is some info about how it works: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cor/corpdf/Notice%20regarding%20Benefit%20Corporations.pdf

And here is the relevant statute in its entirety:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: Where should I register the company in terms of taxes?

Hi,

I live in Boston, and I'm about to start a consulting firm, an LLC. My first customer is in Norway. Should I form an LLC in MA or in Delaware? since my business is purely international.

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth answered on Jan 5, 2018

You should register it in MA as you are a MA resident. There is no tax advantage in being a DE LLC if you are the sole member of the LLC and reside in MA. Moreover, if you have a dispute and want to engage the MA courts, you will have to register the DE LLC in MA to do so and the cost will wind-up... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: I'd like to purchase a local business, but I want to make sure the person

I'm buying it from doesn't turn around and start a competing business right away - what's the best way to handle this?

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Dec 1, 2017

A non-compete agreement as part of the purchase is one way to address that. You should have an attorney represent you in your purchase of the business to ensure that the documents reflect your intentions.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: what do i do in this situation

i had work done on an bb gun and told them to limit it to a price of 200 $ and i had to pay 241 and it didn't work so i told them to take there parts out and give me my money back due to faulty parts

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth answered on Oct 24, 2017

If they do not comply sue them in small claims court. I assume you can document the instruction and read whatever you signed with respect to the repair.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Do I have to register my online business?

I started an online business as a hobby which has now been producing income. Do I have to register my business even though I have no employees? Will I be penalized for producing income without being a registered business? I appreciate your help with this situation. Thank you.

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Oct 11, 2017

There are both legal and tax implications to consider when engaging in business. You should consult with both an attorney and accountant to discuss the specifics of your business so they can properly advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Consumer Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Who and where should I file a lawsuit against a company that is not in my state?

I was wondering who I should contact or just to go through small claims court in regards to a travel agency that promised to refund me and is giving the run-around as to why they can't refund me, after already promising to do so. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Aug 29, 2017

If you signed a contract with the travel agency (most likely for your original transaction, not the refund), that contract may contain a provision regarding consent to jurisdiction and governing law. If that provision exists, contact an attorney in the state described in that provision.

If...
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2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: I am an equity partner in a company overseas and want to understand some details

If I am an equity partner in a company incorporated in EU, and that company wants to

1. wants to loan money to a company in US, is that possible/legal?

2. wants to open a bank account in US without incorporating in US, possible? How do I get a tax ID?

3. wants to pay me... Read more »

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth answered on Jul 20, 2017

A EU company depending upon the jurisdiction it is incorporated can loan money to a US corporation. The Amount of money that is required to be withheld will depend upon the tax treaty as well as the amount of tax it is required to pay to the US. The foreign entity will need to apply for and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Massachusetts on
Q: Converting from LLC to Inc. with 1 share of stock. Okay to simply put "No restrictions" under Articles IV and V? Thanks!

I'm completing the (MA) Articles of Entity Conversion of a Domestic Other Entity to a Domestic Business Corporation. The LLC has a sole proprietor who wants the corporation to have one share of stock. The new owner/stockholder is President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Director.

Kas DeCarvalho
Kas DeCarvalho answered on Jul 6, 2017

If I can assume that by, "with one share of stock" you're also suggesting that you're the Sole Shareholder of the (current) corporation, and will be the sole Member of the (new/prospective) LLC...then yes. You are the only party with relevant authority over what restrictions... Read more »

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