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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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New 2019 Laws for Minnesota Employers & Employees

Guidance for Employers on Minnesota’s New Wage Theft Law The Minnesota Legislature passed and the governor has signed a new Minnesota Wage Theft Law. The new law amends existing state labor laws and provides for new wage and hour requirements, protections and sanctions. This guidance highlights provisions of the new law that will require employers […]

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

 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 discussed opening a business together. They never established a […]

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How the ‘Business Judgment Rule’ Protects Directors and Officers

If you are an officer or director accused of making a bad decision, the “business judgment rule” is an important defense to understand. Directors and Officers Owe a Duty of Care In general, directors and officers of a corporation (including nonprofit organizations) owe the corporation a duty of care. This “duty of care” means you […]

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Registered Agent: A Physical Office for Your Business

Every Minnesota business needs to have an address on record with the Secretary of State. This is called the registered office. Instead of providing a physical address, you can use a registered agent service. This article explains the details. What a registered office? A registered office is the address for your business on record with the […]

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What’s at the End of Your Business Name Besides INC or LLC?

When you name your LLC or corporation, you need to decide which entity designation to include at the end. For example, “Angie’s Plumbing” might become “Angie’s Plumbing LLC” to indicate Angie’s Plumbing is a limited liability company. This page lists the entity designations when starting a business in Minnesota. Corporation In Minnesota, a for-profit corporation may […]

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Minnesota Private Attorney General Statute: Get Attorney Fees Back

What is a private attorney general statute? A “private attorney general” statute authorizes a court to award attorney’s fees to a party that hires a private attorney to address an injustice that harms the public. This is a big deal. For example, when the state attorney general’s office will not take action to stop harm […]

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5 Tips to Delegate and Elevate Your Leadership Team

If you’re running EOS® (the Entrepreneur’s Operating System) in your business, you have experienced firsthand how beneficial it can be to your company’s growth. Like all learning tools and systems, to really gain strong traction, the challenge lies in supporting your team on the ground level with the day-to-day execution and implementation of EOS  principles. […]

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Minnesota Charity Law: Guide for Nonprofit Board of Directors

Guide for Charity Board Members This Guide is provided by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office to assist board members with the important responsibilities they assume when elected to a nonprofit corporation’s board of directors. It is only a guide and is not meant to prescribe exactly how board members must act in all situations. Each […]

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Overview of Minnesota Nonprofit Law

Minnesota nonprofit organizations are governed by the Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act, Minn. Stat. ch. 317A.  A nonprofit corporation’s purpose and activities must serve the organization’s mission to benefit the public, and may not be operated to profit other persons or entities. Tax-Exempt Status of Nonprofits Most nonprofits are exempt from taxation.  There are more than two […]

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Free Private Meeting Room Spaces in the Twin Cities

Whether you are a real estate agent, solo attorney, or consultant, you often need a private room outside your home to meet with clients. Fortunately, the Twin Cities business community and library systems offer a variety of places for you to meet with your clients and potential clients. Highlights include certain coffee shop locations with […]

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Are clickwrap or browsewrap contracts enforceable?

Are Online “Click to Accept” Agreements Valid? This is an archived copy of an article that originally appeared in Communications Lawyer, published by the ABA in January, 2015. From the Chair: “Click Here to Accept the Terms of Service” Vol. 31 No. 1 By Alison S. Brehm, Cathy D. Lee Alison S. Brehm is a partner, […]

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How is a Social Club Taxed? IRS Guidance on 501(c)(7)

Introduction Social clubs are exempt from federal income tax under IRC 501(a) as organizations described in IRC 501(c)(7) if they are “organized for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes.” They were originally granted exemption from federal income tax in the Revenue Act of 1916. Generally, social clubs are membership organizations primarily supported by dues, fees, […]

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Cryptocurrency Tax FAQ: Your Bitcoin Income vs. the IRS

The following FAQ addresses common questions about when cryptocurrencies are taxed and whether conversions between cryptocurrencies qualify as like-kind exchanges. Is transferring funds between cryptocurrencies taxable? Yes. Converting between cryptocurrencies is taxable. For example, if you convert Bitcoin to Ethereum, that would be a taxable event. Is a cryptocurrency conversion a like-kind exchange? No. Converting funds from […]

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Getting an EIN: Personal Service Corporation vs. S Corp

This article is for people wondering whether to select “S Corporation” or “Personal Service Corporation” when applying for an EIN on the IRS.gov website. Let’s assume you are in the process of setting up an S corporation to provide professional services (e.g. law firm or chiropractic office), and now you need an EIN number. You visit […]

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Is ‘Indemnify’ the Same as ‘Hold Harmless’ in Minnesota Statutes?

Is ‘Indemnify’ the Same as ‘Hold Harmless’ in Minnesota Statutes? Yes, “indemnify” generally means the same as “hold harmless.” When considering whether “indemnify” is synonymous with “hold harmless” in a Minnesota statute, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that “indemnify” means to “hold harmless,” even if the effect is to undo a long-standing precedence established in […]

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