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Dean F. on ContractsCounsel
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November 18, 2022

Dean F.

Managing Attorney
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Castle Rock, CO
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, CO, TN
University of Mississippi School of Law

Ferraro Law Firm was founded by Dean C. Ferraro. Dean earned his Bachelor's Degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona ("Cal Poly Pomona") in 1992 and his J.D. Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law ("Ole Miss") in 1996. He is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of Colorado, Tennessee, and California. Dean is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts of Colorado (District of Colorado), California (Central District), and Tennessee (Eastern District). Shortly after earning his law license and working for a private law firm, Dean joined the District Attorney's office, where he worked for five successful years as one of the leading prosecuting attorneys in the State of Tennessee. After seven years of practicing law in Tennessee, Dean moved back to his birth state and practiced law in California from 2003-2015. In 2015, Dean moved with his family to Colorado, practicing law in beautiful Castle Rock, where he is recognized as a highly-effective attorney, well-versed in many areas of law. Dean's career has entailed practicing multiple areas of law, including civil litigation with a large law firm, prosecuting criminal cases as an Assistant District Attorney, In-House Counsel for Safeco Insurance, and as the founding member of an online law group that helped thousands of people get affordable legal services. Pursuing his passion for helping others, Dean now utilizes his legal and entrepreneurial experience to help his clients in their personal and business lives. Dean is also a bestselling author of two legal thrillers, Murder in Santa Barbara and Murder in Vail. He currently is working on his next legal thriller, The Grove Conspiracy, set to be published in 2023.

James M. on ContractsCounsel
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James M.

Owner/Founder
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Boise, Idaho
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, ID, NV, OR, WA
Stanford Law School

Reproductive law attorney focused on reviewing surrogacy contracts and sperm/egg/embryo donation contracts.

Rene H. on ContractsCounsel
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Rene H.

Attorney
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San Diego, CA
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Northwestern University

I am an attorney licensed in both California and Mexico. I offer a unique blend of 14 years of legal expertise that bridges the gap between diverse legal landscapes. My background is enriched by significant roles as in-house counsel for global powerhouses such as Anheuser-Busch, Campari Group, and Grupo Lala, alongside contributions to Tier 1 law firms. I specialize in navigating the complexities of two pivotal areas: AI/Tech Innovation: With a profound grasp of both cutting-edge transformer models and foundational machine learning technologies, I am your go-to advisor for integrating these advancements into your business. Whether it's B2B or B2C applications, I ensure that your company harnesses the power of AI in a manner that's not only enterprise-friendly but also fully compliant with regulatory standards. Cross-Border Excellence: My expertise extends beyond borders, with over a decade of experience facilitating cross-border operations for companies in more than 20 countries. I am particularly adept at enhancing US-Mexico operations, ensuring seamless and efficient business transactions across these territories.

Mark F. on ContractsCounsel
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Mark F.

Attorney
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Silicon Valley, CA
43 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California Hastings College of Law

International-savvy technology lawyer with 35years+ in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Research Triangle, Silicon Forest. Outside & inside general counsel, legal infrastructure development, product exports, and domestic & international contracts for clients across North America, Europe, and Asia. Work with Founders to establish startup and continuous revenue, sourcing and partnering with investors to attract funding, define success strategy and direct high-performing teams, advising stakeholders and Boards of Directors to steer company growth.

Michael M. on ContractsCounsel
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Michael M.

Principal
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Los Angeles, CA
37 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
NYU

www.linkedin/in/michaelbmiller I am an experienced contracts professional having practiced nearly 3 decades in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, technology, start-up, intellectual property, real estate, employment law as well as informal dispute resolution. I enjoy providing a cost effective, high quality, timely solution with patience and empathy regarding client needs. I graduated from NYU Law School and attended Rutgers College and the London School of Economics as an undergraduate. I have worked at top Wall Street firms, top regional firms and have long term experience in my own practice. I would welcome the opportunity to be of service to you as a trusted fiduciary. In 2022 I was the top ranked attorney on the Contract Counsel site based upon number of clients, quality of work and top reviews.

Justin K. on ContractsCounsel
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September 22, 2022

Justin K.

Freelance Attorney
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Valencia, CA
21 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Southern California School of Law

I have been practicing law exclusively in the areas of business and real estate transactions since joining the profession in 2003. I began my career in the Corporate/Finance department of Sidley's Los Angeles office. I am presently a solo practitioner/freelancer, and service both business- and attorney-clients in those roles.

Alex P. on ContractsCounsel
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September 4, 2022

Alex P.

Attorney
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Los Angeles
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
Pepperdine Law School

Managing partner at Patel & Almeida and has over 22 years of experience assisting clients in the areas of intellectual property. business, employment, and nonprofit law.

Cherryl M. on ContractsCounsel
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November 4, 2022

Cherryl M.

Contract Attorney
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London, GB
6 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of California, Hastings College of the Law

I am a U.S. lawyer (licensed in California) and have recently relocated to London. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. I have extensive experience in providing legal services and support in areas of business, labor & employment, IP enforcement (patent infringement, copyright & trademark), and other litigation matters; Reviewing, drafting, and editing business and legal documents/contracts; Conducting legal research and analysis, drafting memorandums, pleadings, discovery, document review, various motions, mediation briefs, and other litigation related activities; Reviewing and preparation of templates, policies, and processes for compliance with laws and regulations; educating and advising on legal and compliance issues.

Maigan W. on ContractsCounsel
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November 2, 2022

Maigan W.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
San Diego, California
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
California Western School of LaW

Maigan is a registered nurse and attorney with tech law experience, specifically in Web3, including NFTs. Maigan acted as general counsel for a NFT platform for two years and speaks and understands smart contracts. As a registered nurse, Maigan is in a unique position to understand health law issues and graduated with a concentration in health law distinction. Maigan is happy to help you create a business entity, draft and negotiate contracts and agreements, apply for trademarks, draft terms of service and privacy notices, draft terms of sale for NFT drops, draft web3 licenses, and act as a consultant for other attorneys looking for someone who understands web3 and NFTs. Maigan speaks conversational Spanish.

Joseph M. on ContractsCounsel
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February 4, 2023

Joseph M.

ATTORNEY
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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW, FULLERTON, CA

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW IN CALIFORNIA SINCE 1999. EXPERIENCED & RELIABLE, LITIGATION, LEGAL COUNSELING AND REPRESENTATION

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Business Legal Questions and Answers

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LLC Operating Agreement

California

Asked on Jun 1, 2023

LLC and capital structure?

I am the founder and owner of a small business that is in the process of transitioning to an LLC. I am interested in understanding the capital structure of an LLC and how it differs from that of a sole proprietorship. I am looking for advice on how to ensure that my business is properly capitalized and structured in order to maximize its potential for success.

Russell M.

Answered Jun 20, 2023

Well, putting aside the very important detail that an LLC offers limitation of liability and a sole proprietorship does not, the difference between a sole proprietorship and an LLC is that you can allocate the profits to others through membership interests. This means you can bring on one or more investors and allocate the capital appreciation, profit and cash flow to the investors with the same or different terms from your interest, and that you can share profits with employees through a "profits interest". There is a great deal of flexibility that you can use through a properly drafted operating agreement.

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Cease and Desist

California

Asked on Jul 28, 2021

Would like quote for a Cease and Desist letter

I independently do rescue animal work. A small nonprofit offered to help pay medical bills for my rescues. I learned that they have been posting my work as theirs instead of me. They sent me a text yesterday that they won't help me anymore yet I'm the person doing all the work. One of my rescues died and they are asking for donations on their social media platforms after his death yet they did nothing to contribute to his rescue. I asked them to remove their posts but they don't respond and are collecting donations on my work and rescues.

Alen A.

Answered Oct 1, 2021

Hello, Based on the limited information, it would likely cost $750. This would include one telephone call, a letter, and one reasonable revision. Anything beyond that would be charged at the normal hourly rate of $200/hr.

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Business

Promissory Note

California

Asked on Oct 4, 2022

What happens to convertible note if startup fails?

I have a startup and am looking to raise money from investors. If we fail, are we going to be liable for anything if we raise money on a convertible note?

Michael M.

Answered Oct 7, 2022

Typically, if the business fails, the note can then not be converted or repaid. Unless you have personally guaranteed the obligation which would be unusual, the recourse would be against the entity itself.

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Business

Partnership Agreement

California

Asked on Oct 6, 2022

How to dissolve a partnership agreement?

I want to get out of a partnership we have with another business where we are sharing profits from products we're selling. It isn't working out and the other party isn't living up to their obligations based on what we initially discuss.

Michael M.

Answered Oct 7, 2022

Usually, partnership agreements have a termination provision which addresses when and how the partnership can be terminated. Typically, termination occurs upon the vote of the partners or upon the occurrence of an event or number of years.

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Business

LLC

California

Asked on Jun 28, 2022

LLC or S-Corp?

I am starting a public speaking consulting business with one other person. Most of our work will be done virtually and do not need an office space and will not have a physical product. We do not have investors. We have received conflicting advice about whether to form a llc or an s-corp. The s-corp has been suggested by some as the best for tax purposes, but others have warned that it is much more expensive to start and harder to maintain. What would be best for our situation?

Briana C.

Answered Jul 8, 2022

For a small service business with no outside investors, the LLC form probably offers you more advantages than the corporation. (For example, LLCs offer greater flexibility, fewer corporate formalities, and pass-through taxation which is especially beneficial in the early stages of an LLC if you have other income sources.) The S-Corp election does not affect your choice of entity (LLC or corporation). Either kind of entity can make the S-Corp election, which just tells the IRS how you should be taxed. You can form an LLC at the beginning and make the S-Corp election for that LLC in the future, if and when it makes sense (you will still be an LLC then, but an S-Corp for tax purposes only). The S-Corp election only makes sense to do once your net profits reach a certain level. The purpose of the S-Corp election is to reduce your taxes. Filing the S-Corp election is not itself very expensive, but you will need to incur the costs of running payroll. (LLCs don't have to run payroll.)

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