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Why is the Franchise Disclosure Document Hard to Understand?

When franchising and franchised businesses started to take off in the 1960s and 1970s, the typical franchisee was an individual who, after working for others for decades, decided that he or she wanted ...
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Winding Down Doesn't Have to Mean Winding Up

There are times when the best thing an entrepreneur can do is to say "That's enough. It's time to stop operating this business." For some, the decision will entail passing the ...
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Single Member LLCs Must Use Counsel in PA Court of Common Pleas

Litigation is expensive. All too often, a person or company will have to abandon a claim because the cost of litigation is simply too high to justify pursuit of the claim. In Pennsylvania, Magisterial ...
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Tax Returns Filed? Good. Now is the Time to Worry.

We are used to feeling the winds blow when we are outdoors in March. But what are those breezes we feel when we are inside our offices in April? They are the effects of exhalations of principals, ...
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FAA Drone Regulations Fail to Propel Deliveries

It has been a little over four months since the Federal Aviation Administration issued regulations relating to the operation of commercial unmanned small aircraft, i.e., drones. While opening up some ...
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Another New Entity Law in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania: A large state with a diverse population to match, with big cities such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, small manufacturing and mining towns, farmlands, distributors and middle-America ...
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Franchisor as Joint Employer? Not So Fast....

One of the mainstays of franchising has been that a franchisee is an independent contractor, rather than an employee of the franchisor. In fact, a mantra of franchise organizations has been that a ...
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Confessions of Judgment Still Enforced in PA--Part 2 (of 2)

[In Part 1 of our review of Confessions of Judgment ( see our Blog of January 14, 2016 ), we explained that Confessions of Judgment are remedies which allow commercial creditors and landlords to not ...
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Confessions of Judgment Still Enforced in PA--Part 1 (of 2)

If you have ever borrowed money to finance the purchase or operation of a business, or if you (or your company) have ever entered into a commercial real estate lease, there is a good chance that, ...
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New PA Entity Transactions Law Effective July 1, 2015

For decades, if the decision-makers of a Pennsylvania business entity wished to change the structure of that entity, the only way they could do so would be to dissolve the existing entity and to form ...
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Register in a Different State to Protect Your Rights

I can see the look on my client's face when I recommend that, if the client plans to do business in another state, he or she should register the company to do business in that state. The ...
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Who Should Pay When a Shareholder Sues the Corporation?

Why do so many attorneys and professional advisors recommend forming "Delaware corporations"? Why is it that Delaware is to corporate law what McDonalds is to franchising? For many, the ...
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Failure to Revive Lien Does Not Invalidate Lien

Under current Pennsylvania Law, a judgment lien may be revived every five years. It has always been a popular belief that a failure to "revive" the lien before the five year date would mean ...
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It's final - HICPA Will Not Bar A Claim for Quantum Meruit by a Contractor

As a follow up top my Blog post regarding the Superior Court's decision in Shafer Elec. v. Mantia, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided the issue, and affirmed the Superior Court's ...
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Recent Developments Under The Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act ("HICPA") Benefit Contractors

In a coup for contractors, two recent decisions from the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Shafer Elec. & Const. v. Mantia and Durst v. Milroy General Contracting, Inc. and Durst v. Milroy General ...
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