Q.:  We want to do open a Sushi bar in a new shopping center. What can we reasonably ask the landlord to do for us before we move in (i.e., gas piping, drain work, ceilings)?  What should we ask for in negotiating a commercial lease? A.:  As my mother always says, “If you don’t ask, […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 16, 2015

Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

Do you know where you’re going to?  Do you like the things that life is showing you?  Where are you going to?  Do you know? These are important philosophical questions.  They’re also important business questions.  (They’re also lyrics to the theme song from the classic film, Mahogany). If you don’t know when you want to get out […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 15, 2015

Score 1 for The Good Guys–How StartUp Nation Fought Back

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Here’s an encouraging story about how someone fought back against a Twitter-jacker–and won!  StartUp Nation founder Rich Sloan outlines how he found out that someone had co-opted StartUp Nation’s identity on Twitter and the steps he took to resolve the situation . . . and without incurring huge legal fees.  Read through the comments, too, […]

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Do your employees use email for company correspondence? Do your business partners conduct research on the Internet? Does your company regularly back up and store the contents of its company computers? If so, your business is ripe for an electronic media and communications policy. It’s called by several names — communications policy, user guidelines, electronic […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 13, 2015

Law Questions about Handling Business Customers

Many entrepreneurs have law questions about handling business customers and how to collect money.  Business customers are both the lifeblood of your company … and can be the bane of your existence, especially when you’re working with difficult people or those who don’t pay.  (You’ll hear that plaintive theme in these posts). Want to know […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 12, 2015

The Lowdown on Home Office Deductions

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I am not a licensed accountant (nor do I play one on TV), but IRS rules exist in a weird twilight zone between accountancy and law. The Internal Revenue Code is, after all, a law, promulgated by legislators. But most legislators probably don’t have the background or knowledge base to be mucking about in this […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 11, 2015

Do you need small business insurance with a release from liability?

Q.: I wanted to start an automotive maintenance course to teach people how to change a flat tire, do their own oil change, etc. However, the downfall here is I am concerned that I could be held liable for any mishaps. Do I actually need to have business liability insurance? I know it is probably […]

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Q.:  We assumed a lease at a shop and, in light of the current economy, our sales have dropped. I am behind on rent and I’m being evicted. The owners are pursuing the balance of the lease term (three years). I tried to settle outside of court but they will not budge. What can I […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 9, 2015

Diversify, But Keep It Legal

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Here are tips to help you avoid multiple headaches from having multiple business lines. Tough times call for creative measures. So it’s no surprise that many of the entrepreneurs I’ve encountered are taking on something new: a new line of business, a new venture, a new alliance, a new target market. Let’s look at a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 8, 2015

Why Employee Handbooks Work

True story: Two-and-a-half years after the manager of “XYZ Company” resigns, she brings a sex discrimination lawsuit, claiming the company took sides with a male employee who created a hostile work environment. All of her claims are dismissed by the court as baseless, but not before a protracted legal battle that costs the company over […]

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