I am in the initial process of opening a clothing boutique and building my brand. I have been researching Trademark, L.L.C, S-Corp, Corp, and INC. I am still unsure of which route to take, I understand that each of these entities are completely di...
You're in a classic startup situation of choosing the correct corporate entity. You could get piecemeal advice on this forum, but you're going to get the best result by just working with a local business / startup lawyer in your community and paying that person for this advice. If I were you, I'd run a search on avvo for such a lawyer and call him or her up. You'll need to present all of the facts of your particular situation to that person in order to get the best answers. I know that sounds vague, but you'll only get piecemeal suggestions otherwise.
With that said, I've attached an article I wrote about how to choose a corporate entity. It should help you understand the different types of entities, and give you answers to some of your initial questions.See question
What can I do if I see that somebody has put one of my copyrighted pictures onto his twitter account. He is not making any money off of it, at least yet, but he is using my picture. He even gives me credit for it on the twitter post. Is there a...
Follow Twitter's notice and takedown procedures, as the other attorneys have recommended. In my experience, you may also want to reach out directly to the person and demand that he or she removes the infringing material. That tends to speed up the process.See question
I have incorporated a company in NY. Now, I want to open a support center in India. I want to work with my relative who I want to be 50% partner in profit as he will be handling all support from India. How do I go about doing this?
You're setting up a rather complex business since you will have an owner outside of the U.S. and you will have a business location in India. All of your questions -- you will inevitably have many more questions -- cannot possibly be answered in this forum. If I were you, I'd just contact a local business lawyer in your area who has experience setting up international businesses, particularly in India. Since you're in New York City, I'd be willing to bet there are many such lawyers who'd be happy to help you.See question
Do I need an attorney to convert my S corporation to a C corporation
To do so properly, it would be a good idea. The attorney can help you address legal issues that you might not even be aware of. Run a search for the best business attorney in your area and contact that person.See question
My husband and I shared in a corporation for over 10 years in which all money earned was equally divided. Recently I discovered that the money has been diverted by him and put into another corporation that I am not the owner of. I have gathered th...
This is a rather complex question, and you should talk to a local business attorney and give that person all of the facts and get a legal opinion on the best options available to you. Your question is complex because the answer will depend on the exact corporate structure of the company, whether you are still married to your husband, and what the company's corporate documents stated as to distributions. It sounds like this might be part of a larger dispute with your husband, and so there might be family law issues as well. Reach out to a local attorney and at least talk the issue over with him or her. If you'd like references to an attorney in your area I would be happy to provide you with some names.See question
I d like to start a Handyman "coach" business to help homeowners through small repairs. Give them some training on power tool use and basic repair knowledge to complete jobs using their own labor with my guidance. Can I limit my liability with an ...
The best way to limit liability would be to first form a corporation or LLC, and do all of your business through that entity. Then, in conducting your business, you should probably enter into some sort of agreement with each of the homeowners who will be your clients, and it would probably be a good idea to have some sort of language in there that explains the homeowner is assuming the risk on his/her own, you are not responsible -- that sort of thing. Insurance might not be a bad idea either, like you are thinking. Overall, you're on the right track. To nail down all of the details correctly, contact a local small business lawyer in your area, and that lawyer should be able to guide you along and put the correct paperwork together for you.See question
John Doe who happens to be the president of our corporation signed as a guarantor on our commercial lease agreement. The addendum to the lease says nothing about the corporation just that he is the guarantor and is herby unconditionally and absol...
Yes, the whole point of a personal guarantee is that it gives the lessor security in the case that the corporation, or its officers, cannot pay the lease or leave the corporation at some point. The John Doe, in your example, will still be on the hook.See question
I need advice on how to invest 20k in a property investment. Where do I begin?
You may want to go speak with an investment advisor or a financial advisor in your area if you're interested in making investments.See question
I copyright a song how do I get proof
Copyrights arise when when an author comes up with an original work and then fixes it in a "tangible medium of expression." I've included a link to an article that I wrote about copyright laws, and that article explains in detail how to obtain a copyright and what "tangible medium of expression" means. I think it should answer the question you're asking. If not, perhaps you might want to add some additional information to clarify your question.See question
If a primary shareholder is abusing his S corp and running it into the ground while doing other business of another company out of the S corp. office, harming both the reputation and the S. corp assets, do the minor shareholders have any rights fo...
In general, shareholders are permitted to bring lawsuits for oppression or other selected remedies, and shareholders in close corporations do have certain duties that they owe to the company, such as duties of loyalty and good faith. Whether you, as a minority shareholder, will be able to pursue such a case--and for damages, at that--will depend upon which state your company was incorporated in and what your corporate documents state. If you want to pursue this, contact a lawyer business lawyer in your community.See question