Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer Your question is unclear- there will be no "common law" on these issues. Any issues concerning a corporation's assumed name or reserved name are governed by the state statutes regarding corporations, and also perhaps the rules of the Secretary of States' office.
You can start to protect your intellectual property right away. The most important for you will likely be trademarking your product names, logos, etc. You can file for federal registrations before you ship your first bottle, or you can do it after you've been in business for years, or anywhere between there. There are, of course, business reasons why you'd want to do it earlier or later.
Benton R Patterson III's answer If that is all you want to accomplish, you do not need to convert the partnership to another entity. A partnership can obtain an EIN, allowing the partnership to obtain credit and file taxes under the partnership's EIN, rather than a partner's SSN. You can apply for an EIN on the IRS website.
Mr. James Charles Wright's answer Your contractor will need to pull the permit for the project. You may be able to sell the solar equipment. But you cannot be the contractor unless you are a contractor. I would explain in your agreement with the homeowner that you are selling a solar equuipment and that a licensed contractor will install the equipment. So there is no claim that an unlicensed contractor did the work.
Mr. James Charles Wright's answer If your dates are accurate, if you wait 2 months you will have met the time requirement. This would be the safest route. There may be some issues as to the enforceability of the terms of your non-compete. But simply putting your business you will be doing in your wife's name is probably not going to help you. You should have someone look at the noncompete.
Kevin Christopher's answer You cannot practice law in Tennessee without admission to the bar or in limited circumstances being supervised by someone who is admitted. Is your question about entering into a business partnership with a lawyer?
Bennett James Wills' answer Google Scholar is a good free resource. You could also go to a library at a local law school like UT, Belmont, or Vandy depending on where you are located. Those are probably the best resources.
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer Contact the Circuit court clerk in the county where you want to have your main location. In Tennessee, the Courts are divided up into "judicial districts" ( usually a grouping of 4/5 counties, but here are some in the larger cities where there is only one county in the District). In order to get approved as a bail bondsman, you have to be approved by the judges in that judicial district. You have to fill out an application, have references, and show financial resources sufficient to cover...
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer You should check with the "county clerk" in you county. Obviously, you won't need anything from the City, but there could also be a county business license. Some types of businesses are exempt, so a phone call to that office might be enough.
If you are creating an LLC, the LLC will need a tax I.D. number ( you can get it online from the IRS) and of course, the numbers that are assigned by the Tennessee Secretary of State when you file your LLC paperwork in the office. If you are...
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Terrence H Thorgaard's answer The primary advantage to forming a LLC (limited liability company) is that you can possibly avoid personal liability for alleged torts or breaches of contract on the part of the company. There may also be tax advantages for your particular situation.
A limited liability company is much like a corporation in this regard. The difference between a LLC and a corporation is that, for small companies like yours, the paperwork involved is normally less complicated.
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