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  • Do I need a separate EIN for each DBA?

    I have registered my ‘umbrella’ company (an LLC) and have two DBA’s I will be operating under the LLC. Do I need to apply for an EIN for each as a DBA for the LLC? Or do I just need an EIN for the LLC and run all financials through the LLC? (In th...

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    You do not need a separate EIN for each DBA. Others have detailed the advantages of filing for trademark registration with the USPTO, which I will not repeat. What I will mention is that, in Wisconsin, there is no registration for fictitious names (DBAs). The closest we have is a state trademark. Let me caution that it is not nearly as protective as federal trademark registration, but for some people and businesses, it's an easy and cheap way to have a more "official" DBA, given that there is no other way to officially register a DBA in Wisconsin. To be fully responsive to your question, it is not required. It's just an option you may wish to consider.

    Again, the federal trademark registration is much more protective, but is also a much more costly and lengthy process. Filing for a state trademark is cheap and easy and is at least a step in the right direction, if you're in the category of people who won't file for the federal one or if you want an easy way of having some sort of official registration in the meantime while you consider whether to register for federal trademark protection. Here is a link to do so: https://www.wdfi.org/Notary_Public_and_Trademarks/pdf/TRD101R01-2015.pdf

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  • Can bylaw supersede article of incorporation for a private nonprofit organization?

    One of the articles in Articles of Incorporation says membership is open to residents of......suburbs......[Minneapolis/St.Paul]. I live in a town in Wisconsin right across the river from the Twin Cities. This town is considered to be a suburb b...

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    From the title to your question, I thought the bylaws might be somehow inconsistent with the articles of incorporation, but the description you give of each does not demonstrate any inconsistency. Assuming the facts as stated in the question are accurate, the bylaws do exactly what bylaws are supposed to do - fill in the many details that are not in the articles of incorporation (which have very few details). In this case, it sounds like the bylaws are simply defining what is meant by "residents of . . . suburbs . . . " in the articles, which is perfectly fine.

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  • Background check at new job at Best Buy?

    I was fired from my old job at a major retailer at 16 for theft (it was a simple mistake, but company policy mandated my termination and prosecution.) This was out of state (New England area), and a few years ago. I'm now applying for a new job a...

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    If you are not honest with them at the time of hire, they could terminate you when they find out about it later. I would own up to it, explain what you learned from it, and hopefully move on to bigger and better things.

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  • How can I get out of my grandfather car loan as a co-signer?

    I co sign for my grandfather so he can have a car , he makes on time payments for the past 4 years ,never missed a payment, but now Id like to own my own home and cant get the loan I need for the home because I cosign my grandfather car plus finan...

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    If your grandfather is credit-worthy on his own, he may be able to get a loan to pay off the current one or refinance it without you as co-signor. It is also possible the lender may agree to swap co-signors if there is another one who can take your place and is at least equally credit-worthy.

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  • I am trying to get out of a contract.

    I bought a service online. The company is in different state that I resides. The contract said if I send a letter within 3 days, I could cancel the contract. However the company now doesnt want to refund the first half of the payment for the servi...

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    Your question does not state when you sent the letter to cancel the contract. Was it within the 3 days? If so, a consumer protection lawyer in Illinois would be your best bet, unless you are able to dispute the charges with your credit card company.

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