Business Transactions

What makes for a great tuna fish sandwich? No doubt, tuna fish is in the eye (or the palate) of the beholder . . . but if I’m the one doing the beholding; I’ll tell you what I like. Not too dry; not too gloppy. Finely chopped – almost pureed. A little celery, but not […]

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If you don’t want to get stiffed, know ahead of time how you plan to collect on overdue receivables. In any economy, there’s only one thing worse than not having work to do. That’s spending the time and effort to do the work . . . and still not getting paid. Frankly, I’d rather be […]

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In today’s turbulent economy, a slow-paying client can generate more anxiety and frustration for your company than a no-paying client. At least with a no-pay, you know what you need to do (sue) and the steps you need to take. Not that you look forward to it, of course, but at least you know . […]

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Many entrepreneurs have law questions about commercial leases and office space.  For anyone setting up shop outside their home, office space IS your company’s home, and commercial leases are the contracts that govern how you can use, change, and pay for, the right to sue that “home.”  Eviction always looms as a threat when the […]

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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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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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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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“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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“Sallie” was nervous, but excited. She had found the perfect space for her growing PR firm – near the center of town in an area that wasn’t yet high-end (so the rent was still affordable), but up-and-coming, with a vibe that fit her creative personality. The raw space had a lot of potential, and the […]

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Q.:  I started an LLC with two partners. After a year in business, I am choosing to take another path. I want to resign from the LLC and am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a three-year commercial lease with personal guaranties and currently have 23 months remaining. Is there a convincing […]

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