Rhode Island Business Law Questions & Answers

Q: is an attorney not allowed to practice law in RI, if the out of state parent company is an unlicensed debt collector

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Contracts for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
You will have to better explain all the facts because your question does not make sense as written.

But let me try: If you are trying to ask whether an out-of-state debt collector company must have a license to collect bad debts in Rhode Island, the probable answer is no.

If you are asking whether out-of-state debt collection companies must only use a lawyer licensed in Rhode Island when collecting debts in Rohde Island, the probable answer is also no.

The reason (a...

Q: Can someone in Rhode Island buy a bottle of distilled spirit or wine from a rectifier for OFF-PREMISE consumption?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Generally, no, as that would be construed as a retail sale, and this statute only provides for wholesale.


Alcoholic Beverages


Manufacturing and Wholesale Licenses


§ 3-6-6. Bottling and sale privileges of a rectifier's license.

A rectifier's license also authorizes the license holder to bottle distilled spirits and wines without rectifying or blending and authorizes the sale at wholesale at the...

Q: In order to file for tax exempt number and go forth 501c3 status do we have to be a corporation on State of RI level ?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 6, 2017
Kas DeCarvalho's answer
Yes. The State-registered non-profit corporation is essentially the "trunk" upon which you then add various "branches," including your Employer ID number, related 501(c)3 or other non-profit/exempt status, etc.

Q: Penalties for running a tattoo parlor out of your house without license or permits, with a child in the household

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Is this in Massachusetts or Rhode Island? Is your relationship with your child's parent so strained that you are both looking for ways to cause each other difficulties?

Q: I need legal representation to aid in my business dealings with RI post secondary.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Consult with and retain a lawyer to assist you, There are many here that are easily found through the "find a lawyer" feature.

Q: I expressed an interest in buying a business but now I'm not sure -- I'm not legally bound to buy it, am I?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 22, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
If you signed a contract, you may well be contractually obligated.

Q: Is network news liable to a viewer/investor/voter if they entered into any contracts based on inaccurate media coverage?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Communications Law, Contracts and Election Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 20, 2016
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
No. Fraud requires an intention to defraud, knowingly false statements and a duty of care to the other party. Largely the same for securities law purposes. News media are supposed to be accurate but do not have a legal obligation to investors, voters or even viewers.

Q: What is the effect of votes of members at a meeting where a quorum is not present

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 25, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Check the applicable organizational documents. In some cases, it might make a difference if a quorum is present at first but not later in the meeting. Best to check with 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 situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without...

Q: What to do about a business partner in breach of contract

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2015
Neville Bedford's answer
If you can't resolve the problems between you, it may be time to meet with an attorney and discuss your legal remedies.

Q: In Providence, Rhode Island. can a retail store sell my goods after 30 days without notice?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 23, 2013
James J Bagley's answer
Are you referring to a consignment/retail store? Each store has its own policy on how long they will hang onto items for sale, did you ever sign any paperwork consenting to their sale of your goods? The short answer is maybe, you will want to look at any agreement or paperwork that you completed with them before you proceed with a small claims case.

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