Law Horror Stories

March 2, 2017

Sole Owners and Succession

Are you the sole owner of your company?  If so, do you have a succession plan in place for your business?  You…

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Pre-Packaged Agreements
March 22, 2013

Small Business Horror Story #7: Pre-Packaged Operating Agreements

Here’s what happens when you get your operating agreement from a legal forms company. I just finished helping a client negotiate a…

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July 31, 2012

Small Business Horror Story #5: Trademark Denied

The first step in starting a business is to choose a name.  In my article on How to Start a Business in…

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October 21, 2011

Small Business Horror Story #4: Did Your Landlord Reduce Your Rent? Prove it.

One of my clients has been struggling to pay his $13,000/month lease.  During a phone call about a year ago, his landlord…

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October 4, 2011

Small Business Horror Story #3: If You Don’t Listen to Your Gut, at Least Listen to Your Lawyer

A potential client called me.  We’ll call her Helen.  Over the last ten years, Helen’s partner “Jane” had perfected this FABULOUS idea…

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Operating Agreement
September 5, 2011

Small Business Horror Story #2: No Operating Agreement and the “Eraser”

I recently met with one member of a two-member LLC with no operating agreement.  We’ll call my client Jane and her partner…

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