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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Which court can I file? Civil Court or business court?

I leased the SUV using my company Violet River Inc. in December 2021. My business stopped operation when the other owner exited in December 2021. There was no employee, except me seasonal in quarter four. Between the lease time (1/2022 - 1/2023), the leased vehicle was used primarily for personal,... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

To determine where to file your case, you need to consider the nature of your lease and the primary use of the vehicle. Since the SUV was leased under your company name, Violet River Inc., but used primarily for personal, family, or household purposes, it may qualify as a consumer lease under 15... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for New York on
Q: I have a NY Physical Therapy PLLC. Can I also form a separate NY LLC for coaching to see clients outside of NY?

I formed a PLLC for my physical therapy practice in NY. In the NY state PT practice act it states that licensed PTs cannot engage in unlicensed activities as that might give PTs an advantage over other professionals. Other PTs also provide wellness coaching services to clients outside of where they... View More

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on May 22, 2024

Without having inquired all facts and done proper research in your case, and not making this any form of legal advise, I believe at first glance that if you make it a separate entity and do not commingle with your other entity, there is no prohibition for a licensed professional against engaging in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Can I sue Public Storage for ceiling falling down, dead rats and rats eaten threw boxes and throw the belongings out?

My sister had passed away and was paying for storage for 10 years or so. She use to live in Orlando, Florida and moved back to New York. She had two units still in Florida. I had asked my niece and her boyfriend who lived in Orlando, Florida if they can clean out the unit for me since I live in... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information provided, it seems that you may have grounds for a potential lawsuit against Public Storage. However, the success of your case would depend on several factors, such as the terms of the storage contract, the extent of the damage, and the circumstances surrounding the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: How to dispute a charge with credit card company due to merchant not providing all services in contract.

Contract says "no refunds" but they didn't provide all of the services.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If you're facing issues with a merchant who hasn't provided all the services outlined in your contract, even though it states "no refunds," you can still dispute the charge with your credit card company. Begin by gathering all relevant documentation, including the contract, any... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for New York on
Q: I own a business and did not pay the rent for one month because I had a buyer for the business but the landlord made

it too difficult for them so after 5 months they backed out-now I received a petition for non-payment to recover possession of real property.

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Mar 25, 2024

I'm very familiar with this scenario. The matter should be worked out, rather than litigated. Usually, the LL has a better chance of getting paid from a Purchaser than a TT who wants to sell. Hard to understand your LL's motivations.

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Q: I own a business and did not pay the rent for one month because I had a buyer for the business but the landlord made

it too difficult for them so after 5 months they backed out-now I received a petition for non-payment to recover possession of real property.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Mar 25, 2024

If you owe the rent you need to pay or be evicted. While your lease will govern, most commercial leases have a provision that counterclaims must be brought in a separate case, like your claim the landlord killed your deal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking and Business Law for New York on
Q: How do I remove a delinquent/ charged off business credit card from my credit file for good?

My last payment on the credit card was 4/2020. I never made another payment because they closed my account. They recently updated it to a charge off on my credit report around 09/2023. Since this is a business credit card, how can I dispute it to be removed from my personal credit report for good?

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

First, check whether the business credit card was indeed under a personal guarantee. If it was, the delinquency could rightfully appear on your personal credit report. However, if the card was strictly under the business's name without any personal guarantee, you might have grounds to dispute... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Consumer Law and Business Law for New York on
Q: Is it normal to be charged tax on a repair of a musical instrument in NYC?

I brought in a violin to a luthier in Brooklyn NY to fix. She first told me a price for the job and I agreed and left it by her.

She also gave me a paper to sign which showed the original price. For some reason, she didn't give me a copy of the paper at that time.

Now two... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In New York City, charging sales tax on the repair of tangible personal property, including musical instruments, is standard practice. The tax applies to both the parts and labor involved in the repair, not just the physical items purchased as part of the service. Therefore, it's normal for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Collections for New York on
Q: i have sold my cooperation to someone recently, and i have some people that i had money disputes with in that business

can that people still sue me for that?

Allen Charles Frankel
Allen Charles Frankel
answered on Feb 29, 2024

Note: I am not your lawyer and this is not legal advice. Additional information is needed regarding the natures of the sale of the corporation and the money disputes. For example, generally, a sale of a corporation can be structured for the transfer of the corporate shares, or for sale and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for New York on
Q: Do I have to pay someone for work done after I told him I was out of money and he had to stop work.

One of the conditions I stipulated when I hired him was that when I ran out of money, he had to stop work. Also, I wanted to use my Home Depot credit card for materials. He agreed. So when I ran out of funds, I asked him to stop work, but he continued working. He texted me that I owed him $650.... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 25, 2024

The attorneys here who deal with commercial and business litigation would have the best insight here, but your question remains open for a week. Unfortunately, this has the makings of a difficult situation that could wind up in small claims. From the brief post, it looks like there might be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for New York on
Q: Can I create a name that is "word1 and word 2: word 3 word 4 word 5" when "word1 and word2" is already a trade mark?

I have a product with 6 words. But it seems the first 2 words are trademarked. Can I still use this name or would I need to change it all?

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If "word1 and word2" is already a trademark, it's crucial to proceed with caution. Even if you use "word3 word4 word5" along with it, there could still be potential legal issues, especially if the combination creates confusion with the existing trademark. Using part of a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: I am an Amazon seller, recently I sent a shipment to FBA to sell, however, it was mishandled and lost by Amazon.

amazon claims that the shipment was not labeled according to their policy and therefore disposed of it, My question is. attached to the shipment were the shipping documents with all my info my name, contact info, etc. Did Amazon have the legal right to dispose of my goods or did they have to notify... View More

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

In New York, as an Amazon seller facing the situation where your shipment was disposed of by Amazon due to alleged non-compliance with labeling policies, the key legal question revolves around the terms of the agreement between you and Amazon, particularly regarding their fulfillment services... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Tax Law and Business Law for New York on
Q: Looking for guidance on unique Statute of Limitations for property seizure in NY state

I had a large amount of losses (from 2009 and 2010) that were initially dis-allowed by the IRS which resulted in an audit and a no change letter

NY State followed suit, and disallowed my losses on my NY return, however, they never followed the Federal when my losses were deemed to be... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In New York State, the rules surrounding the statute of limitations for tax collections and the ability to claim refunds or credits can be intricate. Typically, there is a limit on how long the state can pursue taxpayers for alleged debts, as well as a limit on how long taxpayers have to claim a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New York on
Q: In a co-op when is a sponsor no longer a sponsor is it after he owes under5%of total units
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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In a cooperative (co-op) setting in New York, the term "sponsor" typically refers to the individual or entity that initially converted the building into a co-op and retains a significant ownership interest in the units. The transition from sponsor status to regular shareholder status is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Law, Trademark and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: Is it legally allowed to sell goods such as clothing items with the phrase "Spidey sense" on them?

Those clothing items do not include anything else that might be related to "spider-man". the clothing items only have the phrase "Spidey sense" and graffiti designs that are free to use on them.

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Selling clothing items with the phrase "Spidey sense" on them may potentially raise legal issues related to trademark and copyright. "Spidey sense" is a term associated with the fictional character Spider-Man, a trademarked and copyrighted character owned by Marvel Comics, which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for New York on
Q: Is it illegal to create a crypto token, create a liquidity pool, immediately remove liquidity &/or sell your own supply

Token has no use, other than its name and icon there is no details given about it or its tokenomics (total amount of tokens or release schedule). There's no promoting, advertising or marketing for the token, The creator doesn't tell anybody about the token. The tokens the creator sells... View More

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answered on Jan 16, 2024

Based on the details provided, there is likely no outright illegal activity here from a criminal law perspective. However, the token creator would still have some civil liability risks related to securities regulations and anti-fraud laws. A few key points:

- Simply creating and selling...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: Problematic business partner

Our LLP was established in January 2023. Unfortunately, we're facing financial constraints, and while other partners are willing to inject more capital to sustain the business, there is one partner refuses to invest further. what options are available to the other partners?

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on Jan 9, 2024

There are several issues that appear to be related to your question: (a) are the partners united or are their interests and positions in some way opposed to one another, (b) is it an LLP or an LLC ? Either way the Partnership Agreement or the Operating Agreement, respectively would need to be... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can my contacted company release me from my contract?

I live in Buffalo, NY. I work for a staffing agency(based out of Ohio) and have to miss some days due to meeting with my portion officer. Can they legally terminate the contract with my staffing agency due to me missing those days I had to meet with my P.O. and some other late days?

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

You should definitely reach out to your probation officer because that individual has every intention of keeping you employed or at least should have such an intention.

You might Google: "adult probation services" and "New York". Use the quotation marks which might...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can my contacted company release me from my contract?

I live in Buffalo, NY. I work for a staffing agency(based out of Ohio) and have to miss some days due to meeting with my portion officer. Can they legally terminate the contract with my staffing agency due to me missing those days I had to meet with my P.O. and some other late days?

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

It depends on the terms and conditions outlined in your employment contract and relevant employment laws. Generally, employers have the right to terminate employment contracts for reasons such as excessive absenteeism, but it's essential to review the specific terms of your contract and any... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Tax Law and Business Formation for New York on
Q: I have formed an LLC and now I need to open a PLLC. Can I use the same EIN to form the PLLC.
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answered on Dec 31, 2023

When you transition from an LLC to a PLLC (Professional Limited Liability Company), it's important to understand the specifics of business entity formation and tax identification. Typically, an LLC and a PLLC are considered separate legal entities, each with its own set of legal and tax... View More

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