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Michael Charles Doland

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  • Is it required for me to register my Delaware C Corporation as a foreign corporation in California?

    If my company needs to register in California as a foreign corporation, when is the right time to register it? Business details: It is an online service (a mobile app) that connects hairstylists with people for free. This service is available...

    Michael’s Answer

    If your bank account is in California and your only employees are in California then I would register in California.as a foreign corporation.

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  • How and where do I get a lawyer to handle a wills and trust case in Orange Co. Ca.Do I still have a case,my mom passed in 2003?

    My sister is trustee of my moms will.Mom passed in 2003 with monies,propertys,and assests.The will states,cut & dry 50%50%.I have yet to see a copy of any documents or statments of any kind.It took six yrs.to get a copy of the will.Prior to moms d...

    Michael’s Answer

    At the top of each Avvo page is a link called "Find a Lawyer". Enter "probate" and the closest city in Orange County and you will have a lot of choices.

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  • Where should we register an internet website company? How much stock should we issue.

    We launched our website and it will be for international buyers and sellers of products. We have six partners now. We will need other investors so we can expand and do marketing.

    Michael’s Answer

    Find a business lawyer in Temecula. Until you form an entity, you are a general partnership and all your assets are liable for the partnership debts. Do not give "something like shares or percentages" to people for money without consulting an attorney. Otherwise, it's probably securities fraud.

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  • Stop the Plaintiffs legal fees

    I was told that there is either a letter or something that you can file when being sued that stops the Plaintiffs legal fees ( unless you lose) What is that called?

    Michael’s Answer

    Costs, such as Expert fees, not legal fees. It's called a CCP Section 998 offer.

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  • Misuse of my name and professional expertise

    An organization published an annual report with my name claiming I am an expert advisor to them. I never accepted such position or advised them. I did apply to be part of their board but was refused. They claim that they kept my application in the...

    Michael’s Answer

    It is possible you could seek injunctive relief. Your posted facts present a non-slam dunk proposition. Be prepared to spend many thousands of dollars on legal counsel. Without legal assistance, you chance of prevailing is very small, and with ... no good lawyer predicts outcomes.

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  • Is it possible to keep a same Federal Tax ID number?

    I currently own a online retail business LLC in MA. I will be moving to CA and will need to form a new business in CA for the same business. Eventually, I will close my business in MA. What is the best way to do this and is it possible to keep the...

    Michael’s Answer

    Each legal entity would have it's own tax number. To retain the tax number you would probably just have to qualify the MA LLC as a foreign LLC in California. Whether an LLC (disregarded for tax purposes only as a separate entity) or a Subchapter S corporation would be preferable for you requires more detailed information about your commercial activities, and probably the input of your current CPA.

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  • What proof is needed to show an implied partnership?

    My friend is very ill and has a construction business in Los Angeles. His very elderly father loaned the business money years ago and has been coming around the office for over 15 years, doing basically menial tasks such as picking up supplies, c...

    Michael’s Answer

    Corporate squeeze out litigation is the worst; it's vicious, and there's no getting around it although mediation should always be considered.

    Corporate squeeze outs involving family are even worse.

    No competent attorney will predict the outcome of a case. Cases settle for different reasons than those initially contemplated by clients, and the cost of litigation is often a factor which is overlooked.

    The earlier your friend's wife under her POA consults an attorney and litigation is filed, the sooner a video deposition of your friend can be taken. There are a lot of legal issues to discuss, and objectives need to be clearly defined.

    I would rather have the K 1 s than she share certificates/register, but the more cumulative competent evidence, the better.

    Best wishes and good luck.

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  • Why should I put my home in a LLC and then into a trust?

    I have been told to put my home in a LLC and then put that LLC into a trust?

    Michael’s Answer

    Aside from the potential hassles with your lender, who would have to consent, it seems like complexity without much of a purpose. As Mr. Esposito points out, a lot more facts would be required for any meaningful analysis.

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  • My sons (who were fighting like brothers do) were video recorded and posted to Great Clips Facebook page in Lafayette Indiana. I

    Is this legall? What can I do?

    Michael’s Answer

    If they were in public, that's part of the price they pay. The person making the video has the copyright, not the subject of the video and rights of privacy to a public activity isn't really much of an argument.

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