Thank you, but your reply is incredibly broad and is not a helpful answer to my question. While it is obvious that I may need to retain an attorney, I would only assume that I would be able to receive "meaningful" advice on a website that literally states "Get free legal advice" in large bold letters on the top of the web page.
"Meaningful" on this website, which has as its purpose helping you choose an attorney, is meaningful to you in helping you make that decision. You are mistaken if you put any other construction on the term, as we seldom know enough facts to give specific actionable reliable advice. The answers are, in fact, often just lawyers showing off to other lawyers or arguing with each other, as after all we're lawyers and that is often what we enjoy doing for its intellectual stimulation and because we have big egos.
Asker: Your question is incredibly broad. This web-site is designed to match lawyers and clients, but no lawyer can possibly give you meaningful advise as to whether a settlement involving purchase or sale of a business makes sense. The best advice any lawyer could give you is that before doing anything else, you need to retain experienced intellectual property counsel. This is not a matter than can be answered in a few sentences or words. You are delusional if you expect more from this or any other such web-site.
Bruce, I find your language incredibly unprofessional and offensive. However, I do appreciate your detailed answered below.
Maurice, thanks for the clarification.