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Nina Yablok

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  • Is it legal to post public information on a judgment on public media? Ex: Topix

    I have a legal judgment and can't afford to hire anyone to collect it. Is it legal for me to post the public information (Instrument #,Name, Amount, etc.) on public media? Topix, Facebook, etc.

    Nina’s Answer

    Alan in right. It's a public record already - unless for some reason it's been "sealed" so you can post it, but why? Do you think getting these people angry is going to make them pay more quickly? Do you think embarrassment is a good collection technique? It might work for you, but do you know it will work for them?

    Do a little research on enforcing judgments. You can file the judgment various places which may not get your money right away but will ensure you get it eventually. Or sell it - there are companies that will buy judgments. But basically look at it as a lottery ticket. You may see your money but don't spend a lot of energy counting on doing so.

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  • What is a ambr in a llc and what role do they play vs. Mgr?

    Llc Florida

    Nina’s Answer

    It depends on what the Operating Agreement says. Unlike a corporation where the roles (sheholder; director; officer) are pretty well established by law - an LLC can be set up many different ways. You'd have to read the Operating Agreement to know what the members can do vs. what the manager(s) can do.

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  • What is needed to prove ownership in an LLC

    I have 6% ownership in an LLC in return for a combination of service and cash. The Managing Member has defined this as an earn out. The only proof I have is a signed letter from the Managing Member stating I own 6%. Is that all I need?

    Nina’s Answer

    It depends on what you need the proof for. If you want the proof to go to the bank and open an account under the LLC's name because you're a member, you'd need something different from just "having proof" because some day if the business is sold you want your share.

    But the thing with LLCs is that what being a 6% owner means could vary tremendously. In some LLCs the members get a share of the profits at the end of the year, in other LLCs they don't. So what you should see is the Operating Agreement which will tell you what your 6% means and there should be a list of the members attached to the Operating Agreement, and you should see your name on the list. AND you should have been asked to sign the Operating Agreement.

    LLCs don't have to have ownership certificates but some

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  • Trademark Business Name in USA and Canada

    I am starting a business and have company registered as an LLC in my state (Wisconsin) and have the domain registered also. Someone recently opened a Twitter and Facebook account with the same business name and added the name of my domain/website...

    Nina’s Answer

    It sounds like this person is "cybersquatting" They want you to offer them money for the accounts. Both Facebook and Twitter have internal processes for protesting someone taking your name. Twitter I know requires that you have first registered your trademark - but it's possible this is a known squatter and they may be able to help you.

    I would follow the procedures on both sites (just search around they aren't that difficult to find but I don't have them at hand right now), and at the same time also start the Federal Trademark registration process. The cost varies by attorney and I always need to talk to the client about the mark before I can quote a fee (although the filing fee is $325 per class). So contact a few attorneys and get real quotes not tossed onto a free message board quotes, or follow the guidelines on the US trademark office's website. They have a lot of self help info.

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  • I have several ideas for TV advertisements. How do I get started in developing them.

    I have several ideas for TV advertisements. How do I get started in developing them. I just have the ideas and I would like to sell them or license them. E.G. I see Peyton Manning pitching pizzas for Papa Johns. What are the steps to deveoping...

    Nina’s Answer

    Sorry to say ideas are a dime a dozen, actually less than a penny a dozen. It's implementation and sales that adds value.

    Add to that the fact that ideas (as opposed to implementation or even expression of them are not protectable, and you're not going to find anyone who will pay to buy or license ideas.

    In addition to getting a job in an ad agency you can try for a job in the marketing department at a company. Also you can try giving away ideas first and getting a reputation for your ideas. Create some story boards and put them up on YouTube. See if you can't get one to go viral. Then maybe you can jump start your career. Otherwise, it's back to the old fashioned, hard work climbing the corporate ladder.

    But ideas

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  • Can we still press charges if we initially did not ?

    We are a privately owned company in Chino, CA. An employee was using a company gas card to fuel up his wife's and daughter's cars. He was caught, the police were called, he admitted to the discretion to the police. The choice was made to not pr...

    Nina’s Answer

    "Pressing charges" would be up to the police and the DA. And if he's claiming for workers' comp, that's a totally separate issue.

    But if he's suing you in civil court, you can certainly use the unauthorized charges as a counter claim in civil court.

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  • Can he sue....Thank you. I took on a small investor (3k) at the start of my sole corp.

    Thank you. I took on a small investor (3k) at the start of my sole corp. Feeling my way through not really knowing what I was doing. The business became an LLC and I signed it over to another person. The business never took off progressively and f...

    Nina’s Answer

    Of course he can sue you. You took 3,000 and treated it informally and very cavalierly.

    However, if it was truly an investment, and not a loan, even if you'd crossed your Ts and dotted your Is investors can lose money.

    The question would be whether it was a loan or an investment, and by posting all over the internet that you had a "sole" corporation you're kind of saying it was a loan.

    This could go in many ways but most attorneys will give you a free consultation to tell you your options, none of which are as scary as you seem to think. If you're broke they can't get anything from you. If you're not really broke but don't have much money you can probably work out something out. But even if you have to buy an hour or two for an attorney to work out a response - it will probably save you money in the long run. You need information and the internet may not be your best source right now because people can only be very general or vague here.

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  • Is IP contribution to LLC taxable?

    I know contributing sweat equity to an LLC taxed as a partnership in exchange for Units is a taxable income. What if a Member contributes IP instead, such as rights to a software he developed?

    Nina’s Answer

    It's not quite as simple as "is it taxable or not." Depending on how the transfer is structured, and how other "investments" are structured, it might or might not be. If you actually talk to a CPA or attorney early on in the setting up of an entity phase you can often structure it in a way that will minimize taxes - but it doesn't happen automatically.

    You need to actually do some thinking and planning and put effort into structuring things to get the best tax treatment. So no one can answer your question as asked other than to so "do you want it to be?"

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  • Unautrised use of photos or my son and brother in a disaplinary at work

    A freind was off work on the sunday because they were being sick and then was off on the monday becasue they were still getting cramps in the morning so phoned in sick again in the morning (there shift was untill 4pm on the monday) but still got p...

    Nina’s Answer

    So you put up a photo for all the world to see and now you're upset because "all the world" includes your friend's boss?

    I understand you're feeling guilty because your need to tell the whole world what you are doing on facebook caused your friend to have problems at work. But she has to explain it to her boss. It's between the company and your friend.

    If they were to publish your photo someplace else - like put it on their website or in a book, that would be a copyright violation. But it would still leave your friend with the need to explain that she was feeling better. That is a totally separate issue.

    it's probably best for your friend that you just not try to fix anything, and accept that maybe you and she need to understand that what you put up on Facebook is available for everyone in the world to see.

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  • Search engine optimization lawyer

    If I have a website that I am looking to promote with search engine optimization. What are the risks of doing article submission, video submissions, social bookmarking and guest blogging. Are there any legal issues involved with these types of seo...

    Nina’s Answer

    There is nothing inherently illegal with anything you've listed. But you could get in trouble with any of them if you do them wrong.

    For example, if you write an article that defames someone in the process of promoting your own site, that's actionable. If you misuse another company's trademark (unlikely in the examples you give) to hijack people looking for their site into going to yours - that would be actionable.

    But the risk for the items you list would depend on the content rather than the activity itself.

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