Relax. There is a difference between formalities and trivialities. The law understands that forcing your to meet with yourself formally does not benefit anyone. The term "meeting" implies the existence of two parties.
Other factors are much more important. Is your corporation adequately capitalized for the level of business, or is it a shell? Have you used its property for your personal benefit without paperwork showing a dividend or salary? Have you expended personal funds, without...
Note that what you signed is a confidentiality agreement, not a noncompetition agreement. Noncompetition agreements are unenforceable in California. You and your wife may still compete against your former employer, but you may not use the trade secrets.
As Mr. Byrnes said, what is and is not a trade secret can be a difficult question. The nature of the business and the skills you learned are generally not trade secrets, but your employer's processes are. Speak to a lawyer about what you may...
Yes. The California rule against noncompetition agreements has an exception for the sale of a business. The agreement must still be reasonable in place and time; the same town is probably a reasonable place.
I would have a lawyer review the noncompetition agreement as well as every other aspect of the sale.
If you are a partner in a partnership, as opposed to a member of a limited liability company, you are liable for the partnership's debts. That's what being a partner means. The partner who pays more can seek reimbursement from the one who pays less.
You must sign your own name to contracts, but the contract should make clear that you do so on the LLC's behalf.
Doing business under your own name would eliminate the LLC's entire purpose, which is to protect you from debts incurred in the LLC's business.
Just answering the complaint makes much more sense than playing games with service. If you want more time, you could call the plaintiff or the plaintiff's attorney and say that you will answer the complaint despite the lack of service. You can then agree on a date by which you will answer.
What Mr. Schaeffer described is more properly called a deposit against fees and costs, but most people call it a retainer. There is also a true retainer, which is a monthly amount that a client pays an attorney regardless of the amount of work the attorney does. Clients may pay attorneys a true retainer to prevent them from working for someone else on the same matter or just because they want someone on call who to answer questions and provide advice.
But I'd bet that your sister's attorney...