Articles | Attorney Aaron Hall

What is a Chinese Wall in a Contract?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What is a Chinese wall in a contract? What is an example of a Chinese wall in a contract? What is another name for a Chinese wall? Video Transcript What is a Chinese wall in a contract? I’m Aaron Hall, a business attorney in Minneapolis, […]

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How Do You Buy Out a Partner from a Business?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: How do you buy out a partner from a business? Why is it vital to have an agreement about how the transition is handled? What is a buy/sell agreement? – Can this apply to an LLC and a Corporation? How do you buy out a […]

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Can I Pick a Business Name if a Similar One Already Exists?

 Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: Can I pick a business name if a similar name already exists? Where do you go to register your business name? What are the important considerations when picking a business name? What is trademark delusion? What is trademark infringement? Video Transcript Can I pick […]

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For My New Business, What Address Should I Use?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: For my new business should I use my home address, PO Box or something else? Which address should the business use? Does a P.O. box work in Minnesota for your legal address for registration? What if I don’t want to use my home address? What […]

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Am I personally liable if my LLC breached a lease agreement?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: Am I personally liable if my LLC breached a lease agreement? What if you breach the lease agreement? What happens when an LLC breaches a lease and has no resources? Have you signed a personal guarantee? Video Transcript Am I personally liable if my LLC […]

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Quid Pro Quo?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What is the definition of quid pro quo? What does quid pro quo mean? Video Transcript What is a quid pro quo? What does quid pro quo mean? That’s what I’m going to answer today. I’m Aaron Hall, an attorney in Minnesota. Quite simply, quid […]

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Can I sell my chair rental salon – Is it worth anything?

 Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: Can I sell my chair rental salon, is it worth it? What is the business worth? What is involved in selling a salon business and renting chairs? Video Transcript Can I sell my chair rental salon – Is it worth anything? Those are the […]

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Corporate Practice of Psychology – Can a Clinic be Owned by Non-Psychologist?

 Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What is the corporate practice of psychology? What is the Professional Firm Act? Who should own a psychology clinic? Video Transcript Is the corporate practice of psychology legal in Minnesota? That’s the question I’m going to answer today. I’m Aaron Hall, a business attorney […]

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What Are the Tax Advantages of Having a Business vs Running an Operation as an Individual?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What are the tax advantages of having a business vs. running an operation as an individual? Do you want to set up a business or company, or should you operate out of my own name? What are the tax advantages and disadvantages? What do you […]

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How to Get Paid

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: Have you ever had to wait for a large sum of money? What is a promissory note and confession of judgment? Have you agreed to extend payment terms with someone? Video Transcript I’m Aaron Hall, an attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Have you ever had this […]

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If My Business Fails and I File Bankruptcy, How Will It Affect My Credit?

 Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: If my business fails and I file bankruptcy how does this effect your credit? What happens if the business fails? What if the business files for bankruptcy? What is a personal guarantee? Video Transcript If my business fails and I file bankruptcy, how will […]

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Business Owners Tips for Tracking Income & Expenses For Taxes

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What is the best way for business owners to keep track of the companies income for tax purposes? How can you keep it simple when tracking expenses? What do you need to keep for IRS purposes? What are the four categories you need to track? […]

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What Money Do You Pay Taxes On When Selling Products?

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: What money do you pay taxes on when you are selling a product? How do I determine what my tax liability is? How can you figure out what you owe in taxes? Video Transcript What money do you pay taxes on when you’re selling a […]

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Taxes on Shipping and Handling

Introduction In this video, you get answers to these questions: As a business owner do you have to pay tax on money you receive from shipping and handling? What are you paying taxes on? What do you need to deduct? What do you pay income tax on? Video Transcript As a business owner, do you […]

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Minneapolis Business Attorney Aaron Hall, Minnesota

New 2019 Laws for Minnesota Employers & Employees

Table of Contents Guidance for Employers on Minnesota’s New Wage Theft LawNew Responsibilities for EmployersJob Offer LetterEarnings StatementsEmployee RecordsWagesRetaliationResponsible ContractorNew enforcement authority and penaltiesEnforcement ActionEnforcement AuthorityCriminal SanctionsSummary of Minnesota’s New Wage Theft LawWagesNoticeEarning Statement RequirementsRecordkeepingRetaliationResponsible ContractorCommissioner Enforcement AuthorityClarificationEnforcement ActionAttorney GeneralMisdemeanorWage Theft SanctionsMinnesota Wage Theft Law Q&ANew 2019 Minnesota Wage Theft Law States:[175.20] Enforcement.Submission of records; […]

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Is Communication with Your Attorney & Spouse Privileged?

You may want to have your spouse present when meeting with an attorney. In those meetings, are your communications privileged? In short, it’s not clear. First, the law is not settled in many states. Second, it depends on which state’s law applies. Table of Contents MinnesotaNew YorkPennsylvania & ColoradoPublic Policy UnderpinningsBest PracticesOther Resources Minnesota For […]

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How to Prepare for a Minnesota Unemployment Appeal Hearing

Table of Contents Prepare for Your Telephone HearingPrepare for the HearingSubmitting Evidence to the JudgeRequesting a SubpoenaContact Information for Everyone in the HearingOn the Day of the HearingAfter the HearingFrequently Asked QuestionsWhat if I need an interpreter for the hearing?What if I need an accommodation?Can I stop the appeal process?Who should I have as a […]

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Attorney Malpractice Expert Affidavit: Example Template

Like most states, Minnesota law requires an “expert affidavit” as part of bringing a malpractice lawsuit against an attorney. This is simply a written statement under oath that at least one other attorney (“expert”) believes the case has a good faith basis. The purpose behind this law is simple: this requirement is designed to prevent […]

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Nonprofit Organizations Can Lose Their Tax-Exempt Status

Table of Contents 1. Taxation of Revoked Tax-Exempt Organizations: the Synanon Case2. Taxation of Contributions3. Taxation of Income from Activities that are not Profit-Oriented4. Executive Compensation5. ConclusionB. Taxation of Revoked Tax-Exempt Organizations1. Recent Developments2. In General3. Taxable Income of the OrganizationA. Business and Investment Income (And Expenses)B. Contribution IncomeC. Contribution and Other Exempt Activity ExpendituresD. […]

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Lawyer Conflicts of Interest: A Guide with Tips & Scenarios

Lawyers encounter a wide variety of scenarios with a conflict of interest. Lawyers often struggle with the ethical way to respond. Fortunately, there is an outstanding, free resource available to attorneys seeking guidance on conflict of interests: Freivogel on Conflicts: A Guide to Conflicts of Interest for Lawyers. This is invaluable guidance for lawyers facing ethical […]

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Works Made for Hire

Table of Contents IntroductionDefinition in the Copyright Laws“Scope of Employment”Specially Ordered or Commissioned WorksCopyright in Works Made for HireAuthorshipCopyright OwnershipCopyright TermTermination RightsRegistrationQuestionnaire Introduction To register a work with the U.S. Copyright Office, you generally must identify the author or authors of that work. In addition, you must identify the party that owns the copyright in […]

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Tenant vs. Landlord: Mold or Asbestos in Rental Property

Does mold or asbestos relieve a tenant from paying rent to a landlord in Minnesota? Table of Contents Rental Property Must be ‘Habitable’Is Living with Mold or Asbestos Considered ‘Uninhabitable?’Mold or Asbestos Attorney HelpMold in Rental HousingWhat Is Mold and What Causes It?What Are the Health Concerns?What Can I Do as a Tenant?What Can Be […]

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How to Merge Nonprofit Organizations

Table of Contents What is a Merger of a Nonprofit Organization?TranscriptWhat Problems Arise When Nonprofit Organizations Merge?TranscriptWhat Are The Options for Merging Nonprofit Organizations?TranscriptInstead of Merging Nonprofit Organizations What Options Are Available?TranscriptWhat Are The Steps To Merging Nonprofit Organizations?TranscriptHow Should You Handle Conflicts of Interest When Doing a Nonprofit Organization Merger?TranscriptWhich Government Agencies Need To […]

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How to Fight Lawsuit Dismissal of Minnesota Case Not Filed in 1-Year

Under Rule 5.04 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, a lawsuit not filed in court within one year is dismissed with prejudice, which means with finality: Any action that is not filed with the court within one year of commencement against any party is deemed dismissed with prejudice against all parties unless the parties […]

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How a Special Litigation Committee Protects Minnesota Companies

Setting up a Special Litigation Committee (“SLC”) is a great way to deal with a conflict of interest in a company. A Special Litigation Committee allows the company to keep control of legal claims and address issues in a way that puts the best interests of the company first. The main idea behind a Special […]

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Sales Rep Commissions: Employee Legal Rights to Wages in Minnesota

 Sale representatives paid on commissions have significant legal rights in Minnesota. This article explains the legal protections available to sales representatives who are employees in Minnesota. To determine your rights, you first need to determine whether you are an independent contractor or employee. If you are an independent contractor (not employee), you may have […]

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Accidental Partnership: Are You in a De Facto Business Partnership?

 Table of Contents OverviewStoryLegal AnalysisAdditional ResourcesVideo TranscriptVideo TranscriptNext Steps Overview This story illustrates how two entrepreneurs can accidentally find themselves in a partnership. A partnership doesn’t need to be registered with the state. A partnership can begin whenever two or more people carry on as co-owners a business for profit. Story Amber and Jen […]

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The Contingency Fee Agreement is Relevant When an Attorney is Fired

The Minnesota Supreme Court established an eight-factor test to determine a lawyer’s contingency fee after a client fired the lawyer shortly before settling case. The Court held that, under quantum meruit, the “fee arrangement existing between counsel and the client” is one of the factors. Minnesota’s Contingency Fee Factors for Attorneys The eight factors are time […]

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Yes, Minnesota Lawyers Can Share Legal Fees

Yes. Rule 1.5(e) of the Rules of Professional Conduct provides as follows: A division of a fee between lawyers who are not in the same firm may be made only if (1) the division is in proportion to the services performed by each lawyer or each lawyer assumes joint responsibility for the representation; (2) the client […]

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Free Rental Legal Help for Tenants in Minnesota

Here are some outstanding resources for renters (informally referred to as “renters”) and attorneys representing tenants against landlords in Minnesota. Let’s face it, landlords often have the advantage because they select the lease they require of tenants. For example, I regularly represent landlords. However, tenants have some strong law on their side. These resources are […]

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