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Craig Y.

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New York
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
New England Law - Boston

Craig E. Yaris is a Managing Partner at Holon Law Partners, with the experience and drive to handle all your Franchise, General Business Practice, and Mediation needs. As a former small business owner and Chief Operating Officer of a franchisor himself, Mr. Yaris is passionate about promoting business growth. He has experience handling daily operations, employee disputes, and negotiations of pertinent contracts for a franchise company with 100 locations in five states, where he organized and conducted semi- annual meetings to educate and inform franchisees of best practices for improved growth. In addition, Mr. Yaris was responsible for the preparation and filing of the UFOC (Uniform Franchise Offering Circular) in several states and is well-versed in business formation. Between his time as Franchisor and Conflict Resolution Specialist, Mr. Yaris was the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of an online company whose goal was to help inform marketers and business owners of the fast-paced and ongoing changes within their specific verticals. This experience helped him hone his research and writing skills and prepared him for the cloud-based aspects of Holon Law Partners. Mr. Yaris also has extensive experience in public speaking, as he has planned and delivered several keynote addresses and educational seminars for many New York-based organizations, and as a Continuing Education Instructor for Hofstra University. Prior to joining Parlatore Law Group, Mr. Yaris worked as a Patient Advocate, and more recently, a Conflict Resolution Specialist, where he mediated and resolved disputes on behalf of patients with insurance companies. In this role, he negotiated for coverage of previously denied medications and medical procedures as well as successfully mediated disputes between individuals and business partners which would have otherwise resulted in protracted litigation. In addition, he has experience mediating employer and employee disputes as well as helping resolve family conflict. He has also studied and attended many Non-Violent Communication (NVC) workshops and strives to bring these tools and methods to all of his mediations. His variety of experiences speak to his ability to handle small business needs at all stages of business growth and development. Mr. Yaris also has experience with business growth and development, as he has worked with several small business on creating and implementing strategies for steady growth. In addition, to spending time with family, Mr. Yaris volunteers his time helping spread the message of the ACLU and he supports many local charities focused on families and children. He is admitted to practice in New York.

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Antoine D.

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Fort Lauderdale
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL
Howard University School of Law

In his firm, Talented Tenth Law, Antoine focuses on helping people maximize their protection and prosperity in the courtroom and the boardroom. His firm’s services include representing people in lawsuits involving breach of contract, many types of civil lawsuits and helping business owners win government contracts among other things.

Tom L. on ContractsCounsel
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Tom L.

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17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Louisiana State University Law Center

Tom is a former chief legal officer of public and private companies. He has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, commercial transactions, joint ventures, finance, securities laws and general corporate law across a broad range of industries, including construction, consumer products, e-commerce, energy and healthcare. As an attorney who practiced at two different Top 50 international law firms, he can deliver "Big Law" service at a competitive price. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom served as an officer in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Captain. He served a tour in Iraq where he led a reconnaissance platoon and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

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Amy P.

Principal Attorney
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Edmonds, WA
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
The University of Montana School of Law

Amy has served as outside general counsel and litigator to established businesses throughout western Washington since 2010. Her passion and focus is providing the best possible representation for clients in the construction, transportation and hospitality industries.

Jacob O. on ContractsCounsel
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Jacob O.

Contracts Manager
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Iowa City
4 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MO
University of Iowa - Law

I am bar certified in the lovely state of Missouri. I received my J.D. from The University of Iowa College of Law (2019) and my B.A. in Political Science from BYU-Idaho (2015).

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Commercial Real Estate Legal Questions and Answers

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Lease

North Carolina

Asked on Apr 26, 2023

How is the rent determined in a commercial lease agreement?

I am a small business owner looking to rent a space for my business. I am currently in negotiations with the landlord of a commercial property and we are discussing the terms of the lease agreement. We have reached a point where we need to discuss the rent and how it will be determined. I need to understand more about how rent is determined in commercial leases so that I can negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement.

N'kia N.

Answered May 19, 2023

In North Carolina, commercial rent is commonly calculated as a set dollar amount per square foot. This dollar amount is usually based on factors like location, age, condition, accessibility, and amenities. However, there is no requirement for rent to be determined this way. Unlike a residential lease agreement, the terms of a commercial lease agreement can be almost anything that the parties mutually agree to. As a word of caution, in North Carolina, commercial tenants do not have the same degree of legal protections as residential tenants. For just one example, a tenant who wishes to terminate a commercial lease early may be responsible for the entire remainder of the rent unless the lease agreement says otherwise.

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Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Lease


Asked on Apr 24, 2023

Can the tenant sublease the property to another business?

I am a business owner and I am looking to rent a commercial space for my business. I am considering signing a commercial lease with the landlord, but I am concerned about my ability to sublease the property to another business. I am trying to determine whether this is an option that is available to me and what the implications would be.

Joseph M.

Answered May 12, 2023

In Massachusetts, a commercial tenant can sublet or even fully assign the unit to a third party - UNLESS there is a specific prohibition in the current lease. However, even if there is such a prohibition, it might still be worth speaking to the landlord about since it might be mutually beneficial.

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Commercial Real Estate

Real Estate Lease Agreement


Asked on Jan 24, 2022

What is the best type of commercial lease?

I am a landlord and am wanting to consider which types of commercial lease agreements I would want to use. I own a small strip mall and am looking to sign tenants that would be retailers.

T. Phillip B.

Answered Feb 5, 2022

Much of that depends on the tenant and the agreement they are willing to enter into. Personally, I would want my tenants responsible for as much of the maintenance and upkeep of the property as possible. The same goes with the property taxes. You could calculate out what property taxes are / would be per square foot and allocate to them which will permit you to adjust rent annually to accomodate changes in the property taxes.

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Commercial Real Estate

Addendum to Lease


Asked on Jun 12, 2024

Can a landlord add an addendum to a lease without the consent of the tenant?

I recently signed a lease for a commercial property, and now the landlord wants to add an addendum to the lease that includes additional fees and requirements that were not part of our original agreement. I believe that the addendum is unfair and would put an excessive burden on my business. However, the landlord claims that they have the right to make changes to the lease without my consent. I would like to know if the landlord can legally add an addendum to the lease without my agreement, and what options I have to protect my rights as a tenant in this situation.

Merry A.

Answered Jun 18, 2024

Generally speaking, one party to any sort of contract cannot amend any sort of contract unilaterally…however, review your lease very carefully to see if you granted the landlord any such rights when you signed your contract—for example, that the landlord could increase the rent if his property taxes or insurance increases.

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Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Lease


Asked on Apr 12, 2023

Can the tenant make alterations to the property?

I am a tenant of a commercial property and I am interested in making some alterations to the property. I understand that I will need the landlord's permission to make these changes, but I am unsure of what the landlord's policy is regarding tenant alterations and what the legal implications of making such changes might be. I am looking for clarification on the tenant's rights and obligations when making alterations to a commercial lease agreement.

O.T. W.

Answered Apr 14, 2023

Hello! There should be an alterations clause in your lease that speaks to what is or isn't allowed in your space. Your safest bet is to have your landlord review and sign a letter of consent for more substantial improvements (beyond paint, mounting items, etc.)

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