It's good that you're thinking about these issues now. Some of the questions you're asking are really more tactical considerations than legal advice. Generally, 1) yes an LLC suffices for what you're proposing; (2) a corporation really isn't necessary; (3) holding title as you commented certainly works although there are other issues such as ownership interests, how title is held, how the LLC will be operated, what will happen is a dispute arises, how expenses and profits will be shared and...
Counsel are both correct. It's not a good idea as Mr. Melchionna points out. Why not just do it legally and correctly. Banks are required to report large sums of money although they can also do it if it looks suspicious.
And if you're doing or planning something illegal, and I'm not saying that you are, don't post it on a public forum.
If you're serious about doing this right, spend the money and hire a lawyer.
Mr. Chen is right. Yes, it can if the discovery cut off dates were extended with the new trial date. Often and usually that's why a trial date is continued although I don't now the exact facts of your case. If the discovery cut off wasn't extended, then no you can't. If it was and you're within the time to do it, then yes, it's appropriate.
Do you have an agreement with the lawyer? Fee agreements are between lawyers and their clients,not third parties. If the situation that you and describing is in regards to your agreement with your friend, then your disagreement is with your friend, not the lawyer. I have not read the agreement and there may be additional facts here.
Did you speak wtih your friend's lawyer about this? The attorney client confidentiality applies.
Ms. Johns is a lawyer although she is not your lawyer...
When it the hearing? Generally, you have to file a proof of service two days before the court hearing. Here's a suggestion: make two copies, write a letter to the court clerk, and include a self addressed stamped envelope. Ask them to file it and send you a copy.
Do keep a copy just in case and you can call the court to see if it's filed. You can do that tomorrow. Or hire a service to do it or ask a friend to file the paperwork.
I handled a case like this for a client of mine. Send a letter or have your lawyer handle it and negotiate the return of your husband's tools. Send a messenger for the tools so that your husband does not have to interact with this woman.
Just a suggestion: from an employment law view, it's probably wise to have a policy with employees not to date or otherwise socialize with clients. It can lead to problems like this or having your contracts cancelled or your husband otherwise fired.