Q.:  I have a commercial lease for office space with a business.  One of the partners failed a criminal background check. If I terminate the commercial lease, but re-sign with the two who did pass, can the excluded partner come after me?   A.:  As a landlord, you have the right to carve out certain […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 5, 2015

Alternatives to eviction for non-paying tenants of office space

Q.:  I have a commercial lease tenant who is no longer paying.  The agent who manages my property (in Mexicali) does not sound positive about finding a new tenant anytime soon for the office space. I worry that if I evict my tenant, the property will be empty for a long period. Are there any […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 4, 2015

Are You Prepared for Business Partnership?

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It’s not as simple as it seems.  Business partnerships involve more than just finding a compatible playmate.  Learn how to avoid the pitfalls with my FREE teleseminar on Tuesday, Oct 6 at 8pm ET!  For information and registration, visit The Entrepreneur’s Prenup teleclass website!

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Q.:  I have a commercial lease and a flood in the building made my office space completely unusable. While I found temporary office space in a physical therapy office, it is less than ideal and not as comfortable for my patients. I also cannot find my own office space to rent month-to-month—most places want me […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 2, 2015

On being spontaneous … with Polar Bears

“It’s 46 degrees!” Joe squeals, on hearing the weather report. (To the extent that a grown man and former champion power lifter would actually squeal). “Let’s go to the beach!” “Why?” I ask, maybe a little condescendingly. “The Polar Bears are there!” he replies. Sigh. The beach? Okay, so it’s a little warm for early […]

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Q: I want to sell goods online. There is a specific product which I can get for a very low price. The problem is that it may be a fake. The name is a well-known name, but I think it is a copy. Can I get in trouble by selling fake goods on the internet? A: The short answer […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 30, 2015

Appeasing an Ex-Business Partner When You’re Doing the Exiting

In a question that seems more appropriate for The Ethicist (the New York Times Sunday Magazine’s Q&A column on ethical issues), David Eddie from the Globe and Mail presents the following scenario: [After 15 years of slaving in someone else’s business], about a year ago, I convinced a colleague to quit and team up with […]

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You’ve been diligent about doing the work and now you’re ready to prove to the world that your business is ready to go to the next level. It’s an exciting time in the life of every business owner or entrepreneur – the time when you are ready to take in investors to scale your business. […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 28, 2015

The Right Joint Venture Mindset

Way before we get to the legalities of a joint venture, it’s important to start with a mindset of knowing why we want to get into one in the first place.  As with romantic relationships, to get into one “because everyone else is,” tends to be a lousy justification which produces lousier results.  In his […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on April 27, 2015

Avoiding a Bomb of a Business Partner

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Drum roll, please . . .  I’m at T minus 16 for the launch of my latest product, The Entrepreneur’s Prenup: How to Choose a Business Partner Who Won’t [bleep] You.  It’s a home-study course that will take you through the top issues to consider when choosing a business partner and how you can screen […]

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