Business Transactions

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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Q.:  The current economy has sunk my small business. Customers have stopped buying and I can’t make my overhead expenses. Is there a legal way of breaking a commercial lease that has eight months left, given the terrible events happening in this economy?   A.:  You can try speaking to your landlord to see if […]

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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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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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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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Q.:  Our small business fabricates and installs granite countertops. We installed a kitchen for a client, and during and after the installation they seemed happy with the job. But here’s the saga …. When it was time to collect payments, the husband left and the wife said she couldn’t give us a check because her […]

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Q.:  I recently started a janitorial cleaning business. Our first job was subcontracted from another cleaning business. We completed three months of work and have yet to receive any payments. Two months ago I met with the cleaning contractor owner to come to an agreement. We signed a promissory note detailing a down payment and […]

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