Steven D. Imparl’s Answers

Steven D. Imparl

Chicago Internet Lawyer.

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  1. Do I need to hire a lawyer to write a contract for me?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven D. Imparl
    2. Danya Shakfeh
    3. James P. Frederick
    4. Bryant Keith Martin
    4 lawyer answers

    I would definitely recommend a written contract. Having a written agreement will help you define clearly the relationship between you and your clients. There are many factors to consider in defining that relationship; I will not even try to list them all here. However, you will want to specify terms and conditions for payment, the precise definition of what services you will (and, perhaps, will not) provide, handling missed sessions, disclosure of potential risks to the student, release of...

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  2. LLC or S-Corp or another option for a small photography business????

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. David Jonathan Wolf
    2. Robert John Murillo
    3. Steven D. Imparl
    4. Jeffrey Logan Whitcomb
    4 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure where you're getting the $800 figure. That is something to discuss with an accountant or business lawyer. You could operate your business as a sole proprietor; however, that gives you *no* protection from personal liability for the debts of the business. Still, you could obtain a separate EIN for the sole propietorship, or use your own social security number. A bank should accept either tax number. There are some ways you can protect yourself from certain liabilities as a...

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  3. Was part of a franchise for 5 years and chose not renew my contract. They knew we cont. to operate using the registered name.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Konrad V. Sherinian
    2. Steven D. Imparl
    3. Raphael Samuel Moore
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    4 lawyer answers

    It is hard to say without seeing your agreement. Contracts often provide that one party's failure to insist that the other party perform all of its obligations does not waive the first party's rights. In other words, your contract may state that the franchisor's failure to demand that you pay the royalty fees does not excuse you from the obligation to pay them. Without knowing more about the agreement, I would conclude that you still owe those royalty fees (probably plus interest or late...

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  4. What licence(s) do I need to operate an online spice business? What amount of taxes do I charged the customer (state to state)

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Steven D. Imparl
    2. Jeffrey Anton Collins
    2 lawyer answers

    You will need a Skokie business license to operate your business if the business has a physical presence in Skokie, Illinois. You will need to collect Illinois sales taxes from customers whose orders are shipping to a location within Illinois, and in any other state where your business has a physical presence such as an office, warehouse, or distribution center.

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  5. How many family members should be on the board if there are only 7 board members?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven D. Imparl
    2. Linscott Roberts Hanson
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    If your organization is created under the Illinois General Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1986, as amended, then there is no set number of directors. The number of directors will be limited by your articles of incorporation, filed with the Illinois Secretary of State, and by your bylaws (assuming the bylaws specify the number of directors). If your bylaws allow for only 5 directors, you will have to amend the bylaws to authorize the election of two more directors. Similarly, if your articles...

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  6. Should I form an S Corp for my independent contracting work (based in Illinois)?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Linscott Roberts Hanson
    2. Steven D. Imparl
    3. Steven J. Fromm
    3 lawyer answers

    Attorney Hanson has answered your question well. I will just add to it. The selection of the proper business form can be done better with real-time interaction, such as a meeting or telephone conference. It would be impossible to do that with just the messages we post here. The State of Illinois has posted an online book called, "Starting Your Business in Illinois Handbook." It explains the different types of business structures and summarizes the key attributes of each type on a one-page...

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  7. What about the copyright law when it comes to copy few paragaraphs or lines from someone else website and use it in my website ?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bruce E. Burdick
    2. Steven D. Imparl
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    4. Maurice N Ross
    5. Raphael Samuel Moore
    5 lawyer answers

    As my colleagues have explained, it is not enough just to link to the web sites from which you are taking the content. My recommendation is that you: A. Locate the *original creator* of the content you are using (and that may be someone other than the owner or publisher of the web site from which you copied the content). B. Obtain a license from that original creator to use their content on your site. You (or your legal counsel) will have to negotiate the specific terms and conditions,...

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  8. I put $1000.00 down on a home that I no longer want to purchase. Do I have to buy this property or can I walk away

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Steven D. Imparl
    3. Adam J. Lysinski
    3 lawyer answers

    Without seeing the written agreement you signed, it is not possible to answer this question.

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  9. What is legal form of this entity?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Steven D. Imparl
    3. Michael Leo Potter
    3 lawyer answers

    With all due respect, you really do need to speak with a lawyer about this. Feel free to contact me, if you like.

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  10. Email Harvesting

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Steven D. Imparl
    2. Lior Y Leser
    3. Kelcey Larson Patrick-Ferree
    4. L. Maxwell Taylor
    4 lawyer answers

    Your question is talking about complying with the parts of the CANSPAM Act of 2003 that prohibit the automated harvesting of e-mail messages. However, the CANSPAM Act contains many more requirements with which you must comply. You can find some very general information on the Federal Trade Commission's Web site; however, I strongly recommend that you consult with a lawyer in your state to learn about the detailed requirements of CANSPAM (and relevant state or foreign laws) and how to comply...

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