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Gavin Nathaniel Johnson

Seattle Business Attorney.

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  1. What is the best way to set up a partnership between two lawyers, one practicing in DC and the other in Seattle?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Frank A. Natoli
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. Shahzad Qamer Qadri
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answer. You should reach out to a business attorney to discuss your objectives in more detail and the options that are available given your objectives and the restraints on you (i.e. ethical obligations).

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  2. I am working on opening a basketball academy but I m having trouble deciding weather to work as a non profit or for profit LLC?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Michelle Hayden Bomberger
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. Saphronia R Young
    4. Samuel Watson Eastman
    5. Peter Joseph Lamont
    5 lawyer answers

    Typically you'll want to figure out what your ultimate objectives for the company are in order to decide what the best structure for the legal entity is. Some of the major factors you'll want to consider are taxation (double taxation (corporation) vs. pass-through taxation (partnership/LLC)), whether you'll seek outside financing (i.e. passive investors), whether you'll operate for profit or not for profit, where you're owners are located (foreign vs. domestic), and the administrative...

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  3. Im a business and have a few customers that have not paid....

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. R. Russell O'Rourke
    2 lawyer answers

    Typically you'll want to send a demand letter that outlines the amount you are owed, the terms of the agreement under which the fees are owed, and your ability to pursue legal remedies if the amounts are not paid. Often these letters have more force when they are written and sent by a lawyer. Do you have a written agreement with these customers? Are you willing to accept less than the full amount? Are you willing to allow the customer to pay according to a payment schedule, i.e. not a lump...

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  4. Class action lawsuit against a non-profit organization for fraud

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Eric Lechtzin
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. Roger M. Townsend
    3 lawyer answers

    If you sincerely believe you have a legitimate lawsuit against a company, you should contact a business attorney to discuss the situation and analyze the merits of your claim. On a forum like this it is difficult to give you any advice on how to proceed without additional details, e.g. the terms of the service contract, etc. Good luck!

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  5. Invested into an internet start-up with my friend.Can I dissolve a 50/50 split LLC due little or no contribution from my friend?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Michael Duane Daudt
    3. Robert V Cornish Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    When you formed the company did you create an Operating Agreement for the LLC? This document should include provisions that spell out how a member can dissolve the company (generally under the default provisions in Washington, you can see them here http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=25.15.270), and also how members can withdraw from the company. You can always force a dissolution of the company if it is not reasonably practical to carry it on, i.e. it cannot pay its debts when due or...

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  6. How do I remove the other governing person from an LLC formed this year with no operating agreement as yet?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Evan A Nielsen
    3. Howard Eugene Bundy
    3 lawyer answers

    The prior answer is correct, in the absence of an operating agreement (with specific provisions that govern these types of situations) Washington's LLC statutes will control. Depending on the circumstances there are multiple routes you can take to "remove" the other member of the LLC. You can offer to buy out his interest or you can dissolve the company. Depending on the other member's willingness to dissolve the company, you may be forced to seek a judicial dissolution, see http://apps.leg.wa....

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  7. Should I renew my LLC (partnership)?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Paul Rutledge Durr III
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2 lawyer answers

    If you're interested in winding up the LLC and walking away, I'd suggest you sit down and talk with a business attorney to sort out the company's obligations and how to distribute assets to the members of the company. How exactly you divvy up the assets will depend on how the company is organized and what is written in the operating agreement (if there is one). Regardless, you will need to pay off all debt before distributing assets to the members. I'd suggest gathering your company...

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  8. Looking to purchase my first business (existing.) I have spoken with bank and broker but should I get additional representation?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Tony Yip
    2. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    3. David Henry Cook
    4. Rand L. Koler
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answer. If you're in the process of acquiring (or selling) a business, you should consult with a business attorney to assist you in the transaction. There are several legal (and tax) considerations when acquiring a business. An attorney can assist drafting the necessary documents, as well as advise you on the best strategy for structuring the sale. I would highly recommend consulting with a business attorney prior to moving forward with this transaction.

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  9. Do I have a legal right to start and run a business in Clark County, Washington.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joseph Daniel Bariault
    2. Alicia Rae Levy
    3. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    4. Thomas Martin Morningstar
    5. Tony Yip
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with the prior answers. Each particular non-compete agreement will depend on the terms of the non-compete, i.e. there's no one size fits all answer to non-compete agreements. Generally, for a non-compete to be enforceable it must be "reasonable" in scope (geography and type of business) and duration. What is "reasonable" will depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding the particular non-compete. You should review the terms of your non-compete agreement with a business...

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  10. Craigslist scam, but I went into business with someone who is in on it! Can I get my $5000 back? I'm a single mom, please help:)

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Gavin Nathaniel Johnson
    2. Michael Leo Potter
    2 lawyer answers

    Do you have the written contract? If so, you should consult with an attorney and review the terms of the contract to see if you have a legitimate claim for breach of contract. You may be able to sue to recoup your money from B. If you're serious about getting your money back, you should contact a local business attorney. As far as the issues with your ex-boyfriend, you should contact a family law attorney, as those issues are separate from the breach of contract issues and likely outside...

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