Bruce Leonard Beal’s Answers

Bruce Leonard Beal

Dana Point Business Attorney.

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  1. Can I legally register my business using a private mail address such as a virtual office ?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Galen Gentry
    2. Bruce Leonard Beal
    2 lawyer answers

    With respect to using your private mail service address, there are two issues: (1) You can use this as the address of your principal office. (2) You can NOT use this for your agent for service of process, which must be stated upon the articles of organization filed with the California Secretary of State's Office, unless you comply with the following. An agent is an individual, whether or not affiliated with the limited liability company, who resides in California or a corporation certified...

  2. Starting a new consulting business and wondering if I should put in in one of the LLC's that I have that is currently not used.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Henry Daniel Lively
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Dana Howard Shultz
    4. Bruce Leonard Beal
    4 lawyer answers

    One more important caveat: California is the one state to my knowledge that does NOT allow LLCs to be used for businesses requiring a license from the state. You didn't state what your consulting business is, but if it requires a license from the state, you may need to make alternate plans. I do not know all the facts of your case, and I do not legally represent you. Although I strive to make sure the information I provide is generally accurate and useful, you should promptly consult a...

  3. What are the options and pitfalls involved with collaborating on a new company?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Bruce Leonard Beal
    3. Dana Howard Shultz
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with Pamela on the critcal need for a nondisclosure agreement prior to any disclosures. However, I always advise my clients in such circumstances that contracts are like fences. Good fences make good neighbors, but they don't protect you from the neighbor from hell. Similarly, good contracts make good business partners, but they don't protect you from the bad business partner. Thus, the most important item for you to do prior to entering into any business relationship, especially...

  4. Should you pay Los Angeles City tax if your business is outside of city of los angeles?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Steven Alan Fink
    2. Jonathan H Levy
    3. Bruce Leonard Beal
    3 lawyer answers

    If you do settle, be sure to change your business address from your residence to outside of the county and advise LA City in writing that you have no business presence in LA City. There might be sense in settling, but there is no sense in allowing such a settlement to make you pay this tax indefinitely. The above material does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Each locality has differing laws. Each matter has...

  5. Is it possible to move a corporation to another state and to change it's legal name?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce Leonard Beal
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, and the way to do this is to form a corporation in another state, then merge the two corporations together, making sure that the surviving corporation is the other state corporation. You might want to do this so that the California corporation ceases to exist at the end of December 31, and the surviving corporation commences existence at the beginning of January 1, so as to make a clean break for taxes, etc. For example, California charges $800 per calendar year (or any portion thereof)...

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  6. How do I have unwanted pictures removed from the internet that were uploaded without my permission?

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Bruce Leonard Beal
    1 lawyer answer

    Whether you can remove these images (assuming they are of you) depends on the facts. Generally, one can photograph people in public places without consent with some exceptions, e.g. if the people have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, or if the photos are used for commercial purposes without your consent. Assuming the latter, you could employ a PCMA takedown notice to the hoster of the images. IMPORTANT: No client confidential or other attorney-client relationship is...

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  7. How do i change officers of a corporation?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Steven Alan Fink
    2. Bruce Leonard Beal
    2 lawyer answers

    Another option, if your bylaws allow, and all directors agree, is to draft a directors resolution by unanimous consent to appoint certain new officers, signed by all of the directors. Proviso: My response does not constitute legal advice, as I do not know all of the relevant facts of your case, and I do not legally represent you. Although I strive to make sure the information I provide is generally accurate and useful, you should promptly consult an able lawyer who can learn the unique...

  8. Someone has posted pics of my kids on facebook with there names without my permission what can i do.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce Leonard Beal
    1 lawyer answer

    Generally, subject to you state's law, one can photograph and publish people, including children, in public places without consent with some exceptions, e.g. if the people have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms, or if the photos are used for commercial purposes without your consent. Assuming the latter, you could employ a PCMA takedown notice to your internet service provider and/or the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA). For ISPA instructions in this regard,...

  9. Is it legal to use images of products taken from other web sites?

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce Leonard Beal
    1 lawyer answer

    Images are works for copyright purposes, owned by the creator and/or employer and/or assignee of same. As such, they should not be used for commercial purposes without the permission or license of the copyright holder. Although there is probably an alignment of interests from an infringement perspective, the product owners may prefer other images for various reasons. Ideally, one should always obtain permissions or licenses for all copyrighted works used for commercial purposes, or as you...

  10. Is it illegal to use my school's wifi on my iPod touch during the school day?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Bruce Leonard Beal
    2. Antone F. Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    As usual, the law has not yet caught up with this recent technology, and as usual, it may depend upon the state you live in. There is a most educational webpage treatment of this subject, produced by Cybertelecom, an educational not-for-profit project focusing on Federal Internet law and policy, which I commend to you and all to read in this regard: http://www.cybertelecom.org/broadband/wifisecurity.htm I do not know all the facts of your case, and I do not legally represent you. Although...