A logo for a business is an issue of trademark law rather than copyright law because your logo is how a potential customer would recognize you in the marketplace and distinguish you from your competitors.
To properly answer this question, you should meet with an attorney to discuss details...Read more »
I was asked by a former employer to create a website store for his small business. I worked on it, hours everyday for months and spent 500$ to perfect it, which I was told would be covered. After finishing the website I was suddenly let go from the business. I've been an employee of the... Read more »
If we started a buisness with 5 people and one of the partners volunteer to leave and just wanted what they put in and we oked that in the contract and signed it to be paid evenly between the last 4 partners and the after 5 months 3 of the partners paid there portion already but the last partners... Read more »
It will depend upon the language in the contract you signed to buy out the first partner. If the contract says each remaining partner is reliable for his/her own share, then you're ok. If it says the business is responsible as a whole, you may have to pay and go after the non-paying partner...Read more »
None of my products will have any of the trademark names of the games on them or the packages. My question is what laws do I need to consider for these kinds of complementary products if they have direct ties to a base product that may have trademarks or patent protection?
You may want to ask this question in the Trademark and Copyright sections - that's probably why it remained open for five weeks. It's more an intellectual property matter than a business formation matter. It looks like you recognized some of the relevant issues here as well, since you...Read more »
Let’s say some dealership is trying to be slick and use Facebook marketplace. They post a product for ridiculously cheap knowing that product is way more then the posted price. Could a consumer sue the dealer to get the product for the posted price?
As they say, "the devil is in the details". You would really need to ascertain what, if any, strings are attached to the offer, and whether you met all those conditions. Let's just say, for example, a store advertised new refrigerators for $100, but the conditions were that you had...Read more »
Go to USPTO search trademarks. See if anyone us using this in your classification. Also do a common law search (especially in the state you are planning to do business), and others. A lot of similar marks are allowed to co-exist, but do a little leg work and see what you find. Good legal. This...Read more »
I would very much like to get official paperwork for an Assumed Name, but everything that I read online says that Assumed Names and / or DBA’s are for the names of a business rather than for just an individual. I've asked two lawyers, two businesses, and a city clerk, and so far, no one has... Read more »
If you are using the assumed name as an individual, that means you are operating as a sole proprietor. You can register the name of your sole proprietor business at the county level. Here is a link with some info:...Read more »
Manager-Managed LLC in Michigan. I am the Manager (80%), my daughters are silent partners (5% and 5%). We are presently using a UPS Store Mailbox as the business address, but the bank will not allow it. The bank suggests using my personal address.
Business savvy and real estate management experience would be a good start. If you have those, you will be exposed to the various ownership entities real estate investors use to acquire and operate rental properties. You would have agreements and requirements for various independent contractors and...Read more »
I would give the "hire" a schedule and work tasks that each senior client requests. I would be running this business in Michigan. The hire would keep track each client visit and turn in to me a completed "task sheet" at the end of each week. I think that is about the extent of... Read more »
The Michigan LLC Act requires that the company's books and records be maintained at the registered office or its principal place of business. MCL 450.4213. You could use the Troy address as the registered office even if it is not the principal place of business. Whether you should do so is...Read more »
On August 20, 2015, I entered into an Used Car Loan with People's Driven Credit Union (PDCU) in Southfield, MI for less than a $20k loan at 2.49% via Champs Auto Sales in Detroit, MI. My down payment was $5k & for six months I made timely payments of $420 ($2,520) then PDCU Forced Placed... Read more »
If your auto loan has a provision permitting forced-placed insurance it is likely legal and enforceable. Did you let your insurance policy lapse? Or did you not carry the minimum amount of coverage called for in the contract? If so, the CU may be able to force it. I would have to read the contract...Read more »
One website says "Register Your LLC for Michigan State Tax" but when I visited Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency website, it says I am liable to pay Michigan Unemployment Taxes if my LLC "Has one or more employees in 20 different weeks within a calendar year" Am I myself... Read more »
If you are paying employees under your limited liability company, you will have to pay withholding taxes unless - state and federal taxes. Yes you need to register with the state. Your accountant can assist you with your paperwork and tax filings.
A group of moms from church with small businesses and homemade crafts want to get together for a vendor show/open house. We can't identify ourselves with the church since it isn't a church sanctioned event, and we aren't from the Chamber of Commerce or any other official... Read more »
That would be fine. Do you plan to hold these or other events again in the future? If so, you might want to give some thought towards incorporating. That would make the name associated with the organization permanent.
If it's a one-time thing, it probably wouldn't be worth the hassle.
This depends on whether or not a Tenancy by sufferance was created. Did he lease the land last year? Did you intend to reduce this to writing but just never got around to doing that? Was there some sort of VERBAL lease (never a good idea, but it is OFTEN done particularly with farm land!) Has the...Read more »
We have no operating agreement but are in complete agreement about an equal payout for 50% interest in the company. At which point the other member will withdraw from the LLC. What Documentation is Necessary and what are the tax implications? Is it possible to structure the payout as part cash and... Read more »
All of that is possible, since an LLC is essentially a partnership in corporate form providing limitations on the personal liability of the members. Even a simple bill of sale would be sufficient documentation. The tax impact depends on the other member's "capital account," as for...Read more »
There is no question here. Talk to a local business lawyer.
Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific...Read more »
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