I have been approached by a investor who wants to invest in me my brand and my business. This kind of came out if no where so I'm very unsure of my next steps with this prosess. Thank you in advance for any help you may provide!
First thing is to always get a Non-Disclosure Agreement in place. Even with that, be careful what you share as the person may decide to use the information anyway and then you have a lawsuit to pursue. Suggest getting an attorney involved to discuss pros and cons of equity and having an investor in the company. For instance, do you really need the money and what for? If not, then why give up equity. Then you need to determine how much control, if any you will be willing to give up. Good advice in some of the other postings as well. If this company will ever be worth anything (which presumably it may be or you wouldn't have a potential investor), don't be penny wise now and try to save on attorney fees. You will just regret it later if you gave away something you didn't realize you agreed to.See question
I'm president of corporate and I'm selling the business, so we thinking to just change the officer names of corporation take mine off put his on and that way he's not opening new corporation but just taking over. How do I take my name out of all t...
The simplest way to do a sale is a simple stock assignment/transfer. But there are a lot of legal and tax implications. The officer names have nothing to do with ownership. If this is truly a corporation, the Shareholder(s) own(s) it. The board of directors has overall operating responsibility and the officers run the day to day affairs. The new shareholder would elect a new board and officers. However, most buyers don't want to do a stock sale for liability and tax reasons.See question
I have a sole proprietorship. I'd like to help people buy tickets to entertainment events. I would collect their credit cards via Stripe, so I never have to collect them manually. Eventually, I'd form an LLC. But to test the idea, if I sell to jus...
I am a new attorney looking to start up my own solo practice, but would want to do it under LLC. for the limited liability protection ( thinking Nevada), Do Attorneys generally set up their LLC's?
Look at Dass v. Yale. Under that you could set up an Illinois LLC and have no liability for your own fraudulent misconduct if manager managed. Having said that, that case was poorly decided in my opinion and will be either overturned by a future case or we will be changing the LLC law. In addition to liability protection, though you will generally be liable for your own wrongdoing unless Dass controls), you can get limited liability for wrongdoing by other agents and with respect to contracts, consider how you want to appear to clients, not having to provide social security number, tax aspects, corporate formality requirements, retirement plan contribution limits, etc. I switched from an s-corp to an LLC earlier this year. Suggest you join the DuPage County Bar Association and network with other attorneys to discuss these things - of course make sure they know the pros and cons and work in this area as not all attorneys know what they are doing. Had one client a few years ago who owned a bunch of properties and his law practice (with associates) as a sole prop. - big mistake.See question
I originally thought that I should put my buildings in separate LLC's. I am also thinking about getting umbrella liability insurance to cover my properties instead of putting them in LLC's. My goal is to handle my evictions myself. I have bad expe...
If your insurance will cover everything that comes up and pays out timely, then you would be fine.... But insurance doesn't cover everything. Example, small child dies at property... do you have enough insurance? If not, then you have personal liability and lose the other properties as well. Or you have a contractor who messes up and the building isn't up to code and work needs to be redone, and the contractor also went out of business and didn't pay the subs, now you have liens and liabilities which are not covered by insurance. Or a bank forecloses on a property and there isn't enough equity... but there is in other buildings and so they then sue against those..... etc. Enough examples, I tell clients to use LLCs (not series LLCs as they generally don't run them right and the law is unsettled in that area) until they are big enough that it doesn't make sense to have a bunch of entities out there....Suggest you find a good attorney to handle your evictions, but remember evictions in IL, and Chicago in particular, are hard to get done quickly due to our laws. Getting the law changed would be a great thing, but unlikely to happen.See question
As an independent contractor, I currently have a license under michigan LLC and would like to expand to Illinois. Even though our homestead is michigan address we also have another home in Illinois.
Generally speaking, you can register a foreign LLC to do business in Illinois with the Secretary of State. If your profession has other licensing requirements then you may need to register with the appropriate state or local authority as well. You will likely have to split your income tax between the states and may have to register with IDES and Department of Revenue depending on what you are selling and if you have employees, etc. A good local accountant can help with much of that.See question
My father has started his own business and I want to make sure he is protected legally. He has a partner that I feel may be taking advantage of him since he has not shown him any type of business papers or contracts between them. My father was the...
If it truly is a partnership and not a corporation or LLC, that should also be fixed. Suggest your father sit down and explain the entire situation and what he thinks it should be like. He should also bring all supporting documentation to the meeting. Then the attorney can recommend a course of action. Possibly setting up a new entity and having an ownership agreement with the other "partner" in addition to the other things noted above.See question
I sold a car dvd player for $25 at garage sale. The gentleman who bought it came back 3 days later wanting his money back saying it didn't work. It was used 3 times for 3 trips and worked beautifully, last trip being 2 years ago. Am I required ...
Legally, possibly not as it was probably sold "as is" at a garage sale and you may not qualify as a merchant dealing in those good so an implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose probably doesn't apply. But 2 things. (1) if someone sold you something that didn't work, would you want your money back? Of course you would and you have returned things to the store for this reason. So morally, just take it back and pay the $25; and (2) he knows where you live - if he eggs your car or puts a stone through the window, it will cost more than $25. Him suing? Doubtful....See question
I am creating a S corp with my husband. We don't know what to enter in the section "Stock", Number of shares authorized, share proposed, consideration to be received. We won't have any employee, so it will be only the two of us.
If you create an S corp you will need to meet the corporate formalities to avoid possibly losing any liability protection. You clearly don't know what these are and would be unlikely to actually issue the stock, create bylaws, hold annual meetings etc. So why not set up an LLC that doesn't need to do all those things? The LLC can elect to be taxed as an S corp if you are doing this in order to try to save on FICA and medicare tax by paying a "reasonable" salary and taking the rest out as an owner distribution. Note you will need to file an extra tax return for the entity and will be limited on your own retirement contributions to 25% of that "reasonable" salary. . For S corps there is an Illinois replacement tax. And don't just start this with $1,000 of initial capitalization. That is a "flimsy" amount and may lead to losing your personal liability protection as well if the company is ever sued. Probably would be worth your time to pay an attorney for an hour of time to explain all these sorts of things to you.See question
I would like to share a business address with someone who has already got one. So, I drafted a two page contract for her to sign as a proof of her agreement to let me use her business address as well.
Sounds like a lease or sub-lease to me. If a sub-lease, make sure the original lease allows it. If a lease, make sure you have good tenant lease protections including length of lease and amount owed.See question