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Gavin Nathaniel Johnson

Seattle Business Attorney.

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  1. I am forming a LLC. Our "sign" has a different name (we are vendors and travel) Will I still be protected under the LLC name?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Rand L. Koler
    3. Peter J Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    In order to starting doing business you'll need to file a Master Business License Application with the Washington Department of Revenue. You can find the application here: http://bls.dor.wa.gov/file.aspx There's an option to register a trade name when you fill out the application. The application fee is $15, and its an additional $5 to register each trade name. Registering your trade name will help protect the name from being used by another business in Washington. As far as limited...

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  2. How much is owed to a partner that wants to be bought out?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Pearlette Vivian Toussant
    3. Donald John-Mark Kenney
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answer. Is the company set up as a LLC? What is the value of the company as whole? You should consult with a business attorney to discuss the written contract that you mentioned and to determine the rights and obligations of the withdrawing partner and the company. Since there's a written contract, the process should be fairly smooth (assuming the details regarding withdrawal are contained in the contract). Regardless, I'd advise talking with a business attorney before...

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  3. What options do I have to raise money without 501 (c)(3) nonprofit?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Rand L. Koler
    3. Curtis Lamar Harrington Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    Another option is to connect with an already-established 501(c)(3) organization. You may be able to fit under the organization's "umbrella," meaning you can collect funds for your Russian organization through the already established 501(c)(3). That way you wouldn't have to go through the complexities of forming an entirely new 501(c)(3) organization, but donations to your cause would be deductible. Your organization would receive the tax-exempt status of the 501(c)(3) organization. However,...

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  4. Property description in deed is incorrect while closing.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Rand L. Koler
    3. Shawn B Alexander
    3 lawyer answers

    A survey is useful to determine your exact property boundaries, and costs for the survey can be negotiated to be paid for by the seller, buyer, or split between both. Generally, the person disputing the boundary will pay costs unless the other person has some sort of incentive for paying for the survey. You will want to be sure that the legal description in the deed is accurate as it is a material term that describes the subject of the contract, the property. An error in the legal...

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  5. My ex fiance has entered my facebook account w/o permission and posted false pictures to damage my reputation. is this illegal?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Richard Paul Patrick
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds as though you have a number of claims you could bring against your ex-fiancee. One potential problem is whether or not you can prove that the person who has logged into your Facebook account was actually your ex. The type of behavior you describe is worthy of discussing with an attorney ASAP in order to avoid any further damage to your reputation. At the very least, you may be able to go to court to obtain a restraining order. As I said, you really should discuss your situation...

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  6. Is there paperwork that needs to be filed when acquiring a private offering?”

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Shawn B Alexander
    3. John P Corrigan
    3 lawyer answers

    There are a variety of legal documents that you will need to prepare and execute to make sure that you are complying with securities regulations. Failing to comply with securities regulations can lead to personal liability (including substantial monetary penalties and criminal liability in certain situations). Your investors could sue for rescission and require you to return all of their investments if you do not comply with the rules. I would strongly encourage you to seek out a local...

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  7. Can you be held accountable for paying collections on a apartment when you lived there you were only 16

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. James P. Frederick
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with the previous answer. Another thing to consider is how long it has been since the contract was entered into. Depending on the details, the claim may be barred by the statute of limitations. In addition, depending on the terms of the contract you signed, you may not be liable for the consequence's of your roommate's eviction. It'd be best to discuss everything with an attorney to decide your best options for resolving this matter as quickly as possible. As noted, you could likely...

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  8. E-Commerce business model copyright

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Ivan Jose Parron
    3. Barry Franklin Poulson
    3 lawyer answers

    As noted above, prior to moving forward with any substantial business development you should discuss your ideas with a qualified business attorney in order to assess your risks and liabilities for your type of business. There are quite a few online retailers that have very similar business models/methods as Amazon and (depending on the details of your business) there's a good chance you wouldn't run into any patent infringement issues. Here's a brief "crash course on intellectual property" that...

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  9. Where can I read about my rights as a shareholder in a company that doesn't have a shareholder agreement?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Howard Ramsey Morrill
    3. Alex Bezu
    4. John Arthur Bender Jr.
    5. Matheau J. W. Stout
    5 lawyer answers

    The previous answers have pointed out the applicable statutes that you can refer to in order to get a better understanding of your rights--RCW Title 23B (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?Cite=23B). Based on your description, it isn't entirely clear what's going on here or what you're trying to accomplish. I'd advise setting up a consultation with a business attorney to discuss the situation in more detail in order to figure out your rights as a shareholder and how you can accomplish...

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  10. Interpretation of non-compete agreement

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Alexander J. Higgins
    3. Daniel A Swedlow
    4. Howard Robert Roitman
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answer. To piggy-back on the back and forth comments with the prior answer: the employer would prefer that you don't go to work for a client that you were previously assigned to because you could go do the same work in-house for that client and your prior employer would lose that business. The non-compete agreement is used to keep you, the employee, from competing with the employer after employment is terminated. Whether the Client competes directly with your prior...

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