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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are non-shareholders allow to attend shareholders meeting where budgets and other pertinent information are discussed.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

Why would they be, if it's not open to the public? Much of that information may be gleaned from annual reports, and other public documents.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Send the copies of my passport and certificate of incorporation to potential investor ?

I am building my startup and I found an investor for my business (incorporated as LLC in PA, USA). Investor said that the deal will be done on the basis of equity financing. And now he is asking me to send the copies of my passport, certificate of incorporation, memorandum and articles of... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 23, 2019

The articles of incorporation, memorandum and articles he should be able to get himself from the Pa Corp Bureau.

Passport?? I would question this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Trademark and Business Formation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi! I am starting an app called align. It will be in the fitness space. Can I trademark the name even tho there r others

I see many align trademarks, so wondering if it is industry that sets them apart or if it's the font? I assume there must be a defining feature to allow them to trademark so many versions of "align".

Also wondering with a tech app, will I need intellectual property or any other form of... Read more »

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Jun 18, 2019

Trademarks are differentiated by "Class" -- When you submit an application for a trademark registration, you must specifically identify which stream of commerce you are using your mark, and if the USPTO finds that there is no likelihood of confusion with another existing mark, you will be granted a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hey Guys,i own 10% of an LLC, while someone else owns 90%. If We bring a capital partner, where does he get his %?

Hey Guys, I am not sure the exact terms of this, but i own 10% of an LLC, while someone else owns 90%. We are talking about bringing in a capital partner somewhere in the 40% range. I was told that my shares will be diluted in the same according to my other partners. so of that 40% 4% would come... Read more »

Jonathan Scott Savar
Jonathan Scott Savar answered on May 23, 2019

The answer is that this type of scenario is normally the subject of negotiation among the parties and depends upon the facts and circumstances of the situation, unless the operating agreement specifies exactly what happens in the event both members bring on another member. For example, assuming... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Verizon come install cable I left my window up cat got out they never close the window and were on 3floor

the cat is know miss and i would love my cat back there are responsible for this action

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 18, 2019

To the best of my knowledge there is no answer to this question, in part because it is not a legal question. Leave the window open a few days to see if your cat will come back home.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a business name and entity was stolen or transferred without permission, do I sue or contact local authorities?

Originally started business with sibling who then decided to become sole proprietor without my knowledge. She then made a request for a business name change that she took my name off, stole the business and the name from me along with the logo and documents such as contract agreements that she... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 17, 2019

Contacting "local authorities" will probably do no good because this is clearly a family business matter. And unless you can show some actual damages the courts will also be hesitant to get involved. Finally, unless the actual amount of money involved is very substantial it is likely that the cost... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: If an LLC run by 2 partners has no employees, what would their workers compensation requirements be?
Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Nov 14, 2018

If there are truly no employees, workers' compensation insurance may not be necessary. However, if anyone works for the company you may want to have the relationship reviewed by an employment attorney to make sure it isn't an employer/employee relationship.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Trademark for Pennsylvania on
Q: I want to trademark my Company's brand and and logo. Can anyone help? Thanks
Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Sep 17, 2018

Sure - contact Bob Duminiak, Esq. at Howson & Howson in Blue Bell. He's the guy.

Robert J. Duminiak, Esq.

Howson & Howson, LLP

Bldg. 620, Suite 210

350 Sentry Parkway

Blue Bell, PA 19422

Phone: 215-540-9200

Fax: 215-540-5818

Email:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I owned an MC and Website Hosting Company. Someone else is saying they made my company. Help
Carrie A. Ward
Carrie A. Ward answered on Apr 13, 2018

You need to retained experienced Pennsylvania counsel to assist you with this. What is this third party claiming? Do they have an attorney involved? You need experienced counsel to protect your business.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I let go of partners from a start up if operating agrmnt isnt in place?

I put the team together in October, came up with the idea, we all signed NDAs, but now they are asking more equity than id like to give. They signed non-competes, can I choose to not work with them? Will they have any grounds to claim the company. Currently while the LLC is being approved at the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 16, 2018

You may be OK but you really need the advice of a partnership expert. I suggest Ken Milner--give him a call. Tell him I suggested you call. Because of implied obligations etc. it's not something anyone can give you an easy yes/no on.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How can I start & fund a business?

Business, Business Law, Formation, Costs etc.

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Dec 23, 2017

Your question is way too broad to be answered in this forum. You should consult an experienced business attorney and accountant who can assist you figure out if you should operate as a corporation, limited liability company or a sole proprietorship. Additionally, the attorney would need an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Business Formation for Pennsylvania on
Q: My business partner has my money and will not put me on books or share profits

I gave my business partner a little over $300-k four years ago. He has not yet put me on the books or shared profits or doesn’t answer my calls and refuses to meet me. I continue to work at the business and run the business. The business partner has complete control of the finances. I just want... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 7, 2017

Attorneys fees possible but unlikely. Focus on the rest. If you have that much at stake you need a partnership attorney. You need to retain one, get advice as to what you can do to secure the evidence --for instance on the computers--etc. If you are in eastern PA I can recommend someone to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: I own a small business and I am registered in NJ. We contract to locations in PA. Do I need to register biz there too?

We teach sport classes at daycares, so we don't have any actual facility. We bring equipment to schools and are considered "contractors". The business address is in NJ, so I am hoping that as a contractor, we don't have to register in PA as well even though we do classes over there.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 25, 2017

If it's at daycare you may well have to. The daycare operator may want you to. You may need a Pennsylvania background check.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Entertainment / Sports for Pennsylvania on
Q: I want to start a gospel record label. Should it be llc. or 501c?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 1, 2017

You need to have a cpa advise you. At the initial stage it may not matter much. Consulting a copyright attorney would be a good thing too.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm starting a business however I'm also planning to ask my husband for a divorce. Is it better to wait to file divorce

My husband is opening a restaurant that I didn't agree to also and I'm concerned about his business failing and mine suffering as a result

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Aug 29, 2017

This is a complicated situation best addressed in a face to face meeting with an experienced family law attorney in your area. One way to locate an attorney is to use the Find a Lawyer tab on this site.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can your employer LEGALLY control where you can place your private IRA investments? The employer is worried about ...

..."Apparent" conflicts of interest with companies in which they have performed auditing work for in the past or plan to work for in the future. I do not work in the auditing branch of the company. They have threatened termination of any employee who does not comply. My company is an international... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 19, 2017

I suggest you get a list from them. It seems like it would be a violation of them to tell you who you may and may not invest with. But then the question is do you want to fight now, or go with it move your IRA as soon as you are out of there, or use another investment vehicle?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my husband start his own company selling something he originally created for his current employer to use?

He created a product that the truck drivers use at the logistics company he works for. His immediate supervisor did not want to pay him on the clock to produce it. My husband produces them at home and his supervisor purchases them from him via ebay. The company is nationwide, and several other... Read more »

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 19, 2017

I do not represent you and do not know all the facts, but it sounds like this was a "work for hire" and that the company he worked for owns the rights to it. However, he could approach the company and see if he is able to sell to others. It sounds like he has a strong position in being able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Trademark for Pennsylvania on
Q: I want to start selling private label Hot sauce and salsa. I want to use my last name with the word salsa or hot sauce

" Last Name" Hot sauce or salsa. Do I need to get this trademarked to sell? Or I'm I allowed to start selling this online since its my last name and the word Salsa or Hot sauce.

Thank You

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Apr 19, 2017

You do not need to have a trademark to sell. However, the federal trademark does protect the name so others cannot come in and copy it. I would also recommend that you copyright your recipe for the sauce. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm wondering if it is legal to be told I can't be hired due to a re-hire policy one company that has now split into two

I worked for a company and was laid off. I took severance and their re-hire policy says I can never come back to the company. Since then the company has now split into 2 companies. I have friends that work for the new company and all of them had to accept a new offer letter. I recently applied... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 21, 2016

The policy as a whole sounds very strange. However generally an employer can only be held responsible if they don't hire you because of race,gender, religion, ethnicity etc. Consult a member of the Pa.

Assn for Justice who handles employment issues--they give free consultations.

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