Example Demand Letter: First Attempt to Collect a Debt

Example Demand Letter: First Attempt to Collect a Debt

This is an example demand letter attempting to collect an unpaid debt. For more demand letters, see the Minnesota Demand Letters page.Watch This Before You Continue Demand Letter Sample: [DATE] Sent by U.S. Mail [DEBTOR] [STREET ADDRESS] [CITY][STATE][ZIP] Re: Collection of [CLIENT’S BUSINESS]’s Fees for [ITEMS] Dear [DEBTOR]: This firm represents [CLIENT] and [CLIENT’S BUSINESS]….

Letter Template Demanding Landlord Return Security Deposit to Renter

Letter Template Demanding Landlord Return Security Deposit to Renter

This is an example letter demanding a landlord return a former tenant‘s security deposit. For more demand letters, see the Minnesota Demand Letters page. Letter Template Sent by U.S. Mail [DATE] [LANDLORD] [STREET ADDRESS] [CITY], [STATE] [ZIP] Re: [FORMER TENANT] & Your Violations of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 504B Dear [LANDLORD] This firm represents [FORMER TENANT]…

Free Example Demand Letters for Minnesotans

Free Example Demand Letters for Minnesotans

The following posts give examples of demand letters used in the collection of debts. The examples are intended only as a reference and should not be used without first consulting with an experienced collections attorney. Example Demand Letters Example Written Demand for Payment of Overtime Wages Not Paid Example Written Demand for Return of Renter’s…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Instructions for Preparing Disclosure Documents

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Instructions for Preparing Disclosure Documents

Instructions for Preparing Disclosure Documents The Rule specifies how the disclosures are to be prepared, what additional information may and may not be included, and what records franchisors must maintain. Use of “Plain English” The amended Rule requires franchisors to disclose all specified, material information clearly, legibly, and concisely in a single document using plain…

Item 23: Receipts

Item 23: Receipts

Item 23: Receipts Like the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule requires franchisors to obtain a signed receipt for the disclosure document furnished to each prospective franchisee. To facilitate electronic disclosures, the definition of “signature” is very broad, including any means by which a franchisee can authenticate his or her identity. It includes not only a…

Franchise Disclosure Document Item 23: Receipts

Franchise Disclosure Document Item 23: Receipts

Item 23: Receipts Like the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule requires franchisors to obtain a signed receipt for the disclosure document furnished to each prospective franchisee. To facilitate electronic disclosures, the definition of “signature” is very broad, including any means by which a franchisee can authenticate his or her identity. It includes not only a…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 22: Contracts

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 22: Contracts

Item 22: Contracts Item 22 of the amended Rule requires franchisors to attach a copy of all proposed agreements relating to the franchise offering that the franchisor provides or for which the franchisor makes arrangements. These include not only the franchise agreement, but leases, options, financing agreements, and purchase agreements. These attachments are part of…

Rich Robertson Fraud Email: Attorney Scam

Rich Robertson Fraud Email: Attorney Scam

Our law firm recently received emails from one Rich Robertson that are part of a scam targeting attorneys. The scam involves requesting that a “mediator in the collection” of a debt supposedly owed by one Eric Muller. The purpose of providing this information is to help other attorneys avoid being victims (lawyers searching for Rich…

Help for LLC owners: IRS Form W-9 Instructions for an LLC

Help for LLC owners: IRS Form W-9 Instructions for an LLC

If you own an LLC and are filling out IRS Form W-9 for the first time, you might get stuck on this section near the beginning of the form: IRS Form W-9 states “Check appropriate box for federal tax classification” and the options include: Individual/sole proprietor, C Corporation, S Corporation, Partnership, Trust/estate, Limited liability company,…

Franchise Disclosure Documents | Item 21: Financial Statements

Franchise Disclosure Documents | Item 21: Financial Statements

Item 21: Financial Statements Consistent with the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule requires franchisors to include in Item 21 copies of their financial statements audited in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals (“GAAP”) for the most recent three fiscal years to show the financial condition of the franchisor. The financial statements of franchisors that own…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 21: Financial Statements

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 21: Financial Statements

Item 21: Financial Statements Consistent with the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule requires franchisors to include in Item 21 copies of their financial statements audited in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals (“GAAP”) for the most recent three fiscal years to show the financial condition of the franchisor. The financial statements of franchisors that own…

CBO Releases Economic Forecast, 2012-2022, Predicts Sluggish Growth for Next Two Years

CBO Releases Economic Forecast, 2012-2022, Predicts Sluggish Growth for Next Two Years

January 31, 2012 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its projections for deficit reduction and economic recovery. Sobering report, at best, arguing for sluggish growth over the next two years. CBO claims that uninspiring economic growth will be the result of higher tax rates and curbs on spending scheduled to occur this year and especially…

Accelerated ("Bonus") Depreciation to Continue for 2012

Accelerated ("Bonus") Depreciation to Continue for 2012

The Tax Relief Act of 2010 (“TRA-2010”) amended I.R.C. Section 179 in dramatic ways. Among other things, TRA-2010 expanded the definition of Section 179 property to include for the first time 3 types of real property : (1) leasehold improvements, (2) restaurant property and (3) retail improvement property. [Note: These three types of real property…

Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information | Franchise Disclosure Documents

Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information | Franchise Disclosure Documents

Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information Like the UFOC Guidelines, Item 20 of the amended Rule requires the disclosure of statistical information on the number of franchised outlets and company-owned outlets for the preceding three-year period. Note, however, that the tables in the amended Rule differ substantially from the version of these tables that may…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information

Item 20: Outlets and Franchisee Information Like the UFOC Guidelines, Item 20 of the amended Rule requires the disclosure of statistical information on the number of franchised outlets and company-owned outlets for the preceding three-year period. Note, however, that the tables in the amended Rule differ substantially from the version of these tables that may…

Res Judicata in Minnesota: Claim Preclusion & Issue Preclusion

Res Judicata in Minnesota: Claim Preclusion & Issue Preclusion

In Minnesota, you generally cannot sue a person for the same issue or claim that has already been resolved by a court. For example, if Dave and Sharon both breached their contract with Rob and Rob sues Dave, Rob cannot later sue Sharon for the same breach of contract. Rob must sue them both at…

Franchise Disclosure Documents | Item 19: Financial Performance Representations

Franchise Disclosure Documents | Item 19: Financial Performance Representations

Item 19: Financial Performance Representations Like the original Rule and the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule permits, but does not require, franchisors to include representations about financial performance in their disclosure documents.16 Unlike the original Rule, a franchisor that decides to make such representations must include them in Item 19, not in a separate document….

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 19: Financial Performance Representations

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 19: Financial Performance Representations

Item 19: Financial Performance Representations Like the original Rule and the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule permits, but does not require, franchisors to include representations about financial performance in their disclosure documents.16 Unlike the original Rule, a franchisor that decides to make such representations must include them in Item 19, not in a separate document….

How Minnesota Employers Can Protect Trade Secrets

How Minnesota Employers Can Protect Trade Secrets

The Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adopted by Minnesota, defines a trade secret as “information” that is as follows: derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and is the…

Minutes of the Initial Meeting of Board of Governors of LLC

Minutes of the Initial Meeting of Board of Governors of LLC

The following is an example of Minutes of the Initial Meeting of Board of Governors of an LLC. Click here for an example of a Written Action In Lieu Of Meeting of First Board of Governors. All Minutes are different and may require certain language. Consult with an experienced business attorney before conducting an Initial…

Written Action In Lieu of Initial Meeting of Board of Governors

Written Action In Lieu of Initial Meeting of Board of Governors

This Written Action in Lieu of Meeting of First Board of Governors is written from the perspective of a company with a sole (1) governor. This Minutes of the Initial Meeting of Board of Governors is from the perspective of an LLC with multiple governors and covers an actual meeting rather than a Written Action…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 18: Public Figures

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 18: Public Figures

Item 18: Public Figures Item 18 of the amended Rule requires the disclosure of certain information about a public figure’s involvement in the franchise system. This covers public figures who lend their name or image to the franchise, control or manage the franchisor, or invest in the franchisor. Who Qualifies as a “Public Figure”? A…

Franchise Disclosure Document – Item 17: Renewal, Termination, Transfer, and Dispute Resolution

Franchise Disclosure Document – Item 17: Renewal, Termination, Transfer, and Dispute Resolution

Item 17: Renewal, Termination, Transfer, and Dispute Resolution Item 17 of the amended Rule is substantively similar to Item 17 of the UFOC Guidelines. It requires franchisors to summarize, in the specified tabular format, common provisions of franchisee agreements, including those provisions dealing with termination, renewal, and dispute resolution. The Item 17 table must begin…

Contingency Fees: Read This Before You Hire a Lawyer

Contingency Fees: Read This Before You Hire a Lawyer

In this video, you get answers to these questions: What should you know before hiring a contingency fee lawyer? What are important considerations when hiring a contingency fee lawyer? What is a contingency fee agreement? What other options do you have when paying an attorney? What practice areas are more likely to work on a…

Franchise Disclosure Document – Item 16: Restrictions on What the Franchisee May Sell

Franchise Disclosure Document – Item 16: Restrictions on What the Franchisee May Sell

Item 16: Restrictions on What the Franchisee May Sell Like the UFOC Guidelines, the amended Rule’s Item 16 calls for disclosure of any restrictions relating to the goods or services a franchisee sells, including: any restriction allowing only sales of franchisor-approved goods or services; any restriction requiring a franchisee to sell all goods or services…

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 15: Obligation to Participate in the Actual Operation of the Franchise Business

Franchise Disclosure Documents – Item 15: Obligation to Participate in the Actual Operation of the Franchise Business

Item 15: Obligation to Participate in the Actual Operation of the Franchise Business Item 15 of the amended Rule requires franchisors to disclose whether franchisees are required to participate personally in the direct operation of the franchise. Among other things, the amended Rule’s Item 15 calls for disclosures stating: any obligation for the franchisee to…

Cease & Desist Breach of Contract Template, Example, Sample Form

Cease & Desist Breach of Contract Template, Example, Sample Form

The following is an example of a Cease and Desist Letter which could be sent in the event of a breach of contract. Every circumstance involving a breach of contract is different. It is not recommended that this cease and desist letter be used without first consulting an experienced contract attorney. Free Download: Cease and…

Cease & Desist Defamation of Character Template, Example, Sample Form

Cease & Desist Defamation of Character Template, Example, Sample Form

The following Cease and Desist Letter is solely for use in defamation of character claims (modifications could be made to specify libel or slander) and is from the perspective of a Minnesota attorney writing on behalf of a client whose character has been defamed. Because laws vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, this cease and desist letter…

Minnesota Mechanic’s Lien Law

Minnesota Mechanic’s Lien Law

Background of Minnesota Mechanic’s Lien Law In Minnesota a mechanic’s lien can be filed by a contractor or materialman to preserve their legal remedy for non-payment by a property owner. This legal process acts as insurance so that the provider of service will be paid. It is effectively putting a “hold” or lien on the…