“q & a”

Post image for Basic Training: S is for Stop, Look and License

Any time you want to delve into areas of health or health care, it’s wise to consult a local attorney who’s familiar with those regulations. Otherwise, you could be found to be practicing medicine without a license . . . which gets you into a world of hurt. Q.: “I am a licensed practical nurse […]

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Post image for Basic Training: R is for Re-evaluating Your Road Map, Website or Not

Is Mercury in retrograde? Because it seems that I’m encountering a lot of people who are rushing into selling stuff, with nary a thought for how to run it like a business. Q.: “I have a website I’d like to start. It’s currently online and I would like to sell a product that is 100 […]

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Post image for Starting a hotel … and a strip club

A few tidbits before I’m off for the Columbus Day holiday: Q:I want to start a grand hotel chain across the country. I’m thinking big, maybe too big. For example, I’m designing a hotel/theater/casino complex. I’m estimating that the first one from start to finish will cost tens of if not hundreds of millions. I […]

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Post image for On mobile advertising, coffee shops, and One Big Idea

From the “mailbag,” here are this week’s three “letters”: Q: I have a new business, mobile advertising in the area, and no one else has one. How do I introduce it to people so they can understand how effective it is, [more] than any other form of outdoor, radio or newsletter advertising? A: You need […]

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Q.:  I started an LLC in the state of Arizona with two partners. After a year in business I am choosing to take another path and I am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a three-year lease with personal guarantees and currently have 23 months remaining. I am trying to figure out […]

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Post image for Basic Training: J is for Just Keep Your Hands Off of Other People’s IP!

There are times when I start to sound like my mother, scolding my brother for messing about with other kids’ toys. “That doesn’t belong to you! No, you may not have it!” One of those times is when I’m asked, “Can I just take someone else’s product/stuff/idea/design and sell it?” The short answer is NO. […]

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Q.:  Can a business partner be charged with embezzlement? My husband owns a business along with a partner whom he went to school with. The are equal partners. We have discovered this year he had a $10,000 cashiers check issued to himself from a business loan that acts as a checkings plus account. He also […]

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Q.:  I’ve formed a small company with my business partner.  We’ve both brought concepts, taglines, logos, etc. to the business.  Who owns the intellectual property?  I say neither of us — the business does.  My partner disagrees and has her own ideas. A.:  It depends on what your partnership agreement says. Q.:  We don’t have […]

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Q.:  I’ve invested money into our business and I feel like my partner is trying to cheat me out of my money. I have not said anything because I do not have proof. So I need help to figure out what I can do to guard my back. Our paper work is on the way, […]

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Post image for Basic Training: I Gotta Be Thankful . . .

My husband and I don’t always see eye-to-eye. He’s an easygoing (albeit highly professional) personal trainer; I’m an uptight, brainy attorney. But in this season of Thanksgiving, I am supremely thankful for my husband . . . especially that he has not gotten himself into some of the harebrained schemes and ideas that some of […]

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