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Stephen Patrick Hoffman

Saint Paul Business Attorney.

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  1. Naming my business

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Maurice N Ross
    2. Boris Umansky
    3. Stephen Patrick Hoffman
    4. Alexander H Butterman
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    Yes, you should be able to use the same name based on your information. In general, a business can register any name not prohibited by law or where the name is trademarked or would be otherwise misleading. For instance, you probably would not be able to register a business named "Coca-Cola LLC" since it uses a registered trade name. You also probably couldn't register "Acme Inc., LLC" since the "Inc." would likely be misleading as to the actual form of the entity. If your proposed...

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  2. How long before personal belongings are considered abandoned, and able to be removed?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Patrick Hoffman
    1 lawyer answer

    The answer to this question might depend on your lease. The best course of action would likely be to just inform your landlord that your roommate moved out over a month ago. Under Minnesota law, however, the landlord probably won't be able to remove the abandoned property for another month. Minnesota Statute 504B.271 allows a landlord to remove abandoned property either: 1) 28 days after the landlord receives notice of the abandonment; or 2) 28 days after it reasonably appears to the...

  3. We own a small kitchen cabinet business and have a customer that refuses to pay us $850. What should we do next?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Yousef Mazen Faroniya
    2. C L Huddleston III
    3. Stephen Patrick Hoffman
    4. Peter Joseph Lamont
    4 lawyer answers

    It depends on whether suing him is appropriate in your circumstances. First, make sure that filing a lawsuit would be appropriate. If you use any sort of purchase agreement, order form, or form invoice with your customers, you may want to look at that first. If these agreements were well-drafted, they probably contain a clause stating where a party can sue (e.g., in what state, county, type of court) or even if you can sue at all. Some agreements, for instance, contain a mandatory...

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  4. Correct country of origin labeling ("Made in ___") for a new product

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Patrick Hoffman
    1 lawyer answer

    Marking requirements for imported goods can be complex, especially where the countries involved are subject to additional trade agreements. Since China and the U.S. are both WTO Members and China does not receive special tariff rates from the U.S. (e.g., under a trade agreement or preference system), the WTO non-preferential rules of origin and markings apply. The goal of marking is to ensure that the ultimate purchaser of the goods is aware of where they came from. This can become very...