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Christopher R. on ContractsCounsel
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Christopher R.

Attorney
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Boston, MA
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NH
Suffolk University Law School

Corporate and transactional attorney in sixth year of practice. Focus areas include general corporate counsel, labor and employment law, business partnership matters, securities matters related to privately-held companies, and regulatory compliance in securities and finance matters.

Briana C. on ContractsCounsel
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February 15, 2021

Briana C.

Founder, Branch Legal LLC
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Boston, MA
12 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, MA, NY
Columbia University School of Law

Legal services cost too much, and are often of low quality. I have devoted my law practice to providing the best work at the most affordable price—in everything from defending small businesses against patent trolls to advising multinational corporations on regulatory compliance to steering couples through a divorce.

Jo Ann J. on ContractsCounsel
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February 23, 2021

Jo Ann J.

Partner
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Boston, MA
28 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA
Suffolk Universtiy Law School

Jo Ann has been practicing for over 20 years, working primarily with high growth companies from inception through exit and all points in between. She is skilled in Mergers & Acquisitions, Contractual Agreements (including founders agreements, voting agreements, licensing agreements, terms of service, privacy policies, stockholder agreements, operating agreements, equity incentive plans, employment agreements, vendor agreements and other commercial agreements), Corporate Governance and Due Diligence.

Keidi C. on ContractsCounsel
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Keidi C.

Principal Attorney
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Boston, MA
26 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NY
New England Law | Boston

Keidi S. Carrington brings a wealth of legal knowledge and business experience in the financial services area with a particular focus on investment management. She is a former securities examiner at the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Associate Counsel at State Street Bank & Trust and has consulted for various investment houses and private investment entities. Her work has included developing a mutual fund that invested in equity securities of listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other listed real estate companies; establishing private equity and hedge funds that help clients raise capital by preparing offering materials, negotiating with prospective investors, preparing partnership and LLC operating agreements and advising on and documenting management arrangements; advising on the establishment of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs/Token Offerings) and counseling SEC registered and state investment advisers regarding organizational structure and compliance. Ms. Carrington is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in International Relations. She earned her Juris Doctorate from New England Law | Boston and her LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York. Currently, her practice focuses on assisting investors, start-ups, small and mid-size businesses with their legal needs in the areas of corporate and securities law.

Ralph S. on ContractsCounsel
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Ralph S.

Attorney
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Gainesville FL
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in DC, FL, MA
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Ralph graduated from University of Florida with his JD as well as an LLM in Comparative Law. He has a Master's in Law from Warsaw University , Poland (summa cum laude) and holds a diploma in English and European Law from Cambridge Board of Continuous Education. Ralph concentrates on business entity formation, both for profit and non profit and was trained in legal drafting. In his practice he primarily assists small to medium sized startups and writes tailor made contracts as he runs one of Florida disability non profits at the same time. T l Licensed. in Florida Massachusetts and Washington DC this attorney speaks Polish.

Elizabeth W. on ContractsCounsel
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December 11, 2021

Elizabeth W.

Legal Counsel
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Minneapolis, MN
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, RI
Suffolk University Law School

Liz is an experienced insurance professional, having worked with carriers and brokers for over 10 years. She can review or draft a variety of commercial agreements and is here to help your business. Specialties include: Master Service Agreements, business process outsourcing, marketing and partnership agreements, broker agreements, business associate agreements, and NDAs.

Richard G. on ContractsCounsel
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April 21, 2021

Richard G.

Attorney
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Massachusetts
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA
Massachusetts School of Law

Attorney Gaudet has worked in the healthcare and property management business sectors for many years. As an attorney, contract drafting, review, and negotiation has always been an area of great focus and interest. Attorney Gaudet currently works in Massachusetts real estate law, business and corporate law, and bankruptcy law.

Ross F. on ContractsCounsel
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October 27, 2020

Ross F.

Managing Partner
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Bedford, New Hampshire
13 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NH
University of Arizona

I am an experienced technology contracts counsel that has worked with companies that are one-person startups, publicly-traded international corporations, and every size in between. I believe legal counsel should act as a seatbelt and an airbag, not a brake pedal!

Joshua C. on ContractsCounsel
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June 28, 2021

Joshua C.

Attorney/Owner
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Ashland, MA
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, MA
UCLA School of Law

Attorney Joshua K. S. Cali is a respected business, estate planning, and real estate attorney based in Ashland serving Middlesex County and other nearby areas. Joshua graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and from UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles. Before starting his own firm, Joshua practiced estate planning for high net worth clients at a boutique law firm in San Diego, CA.

Stanley K. on ContractsCounsel
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July 29, 2021

Stanley K.

Corporate Attorney
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Waltham, MA
30 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, MA, TX
University of Texas School of Law

Stan provides legal services to small to medium-sized clients in the New England region, and throughout the U.S. and abroad. His clients are involved in a variety of business sectors, including software development, e-commerce, investment management and advising, health care, manufacturing, biotechnology, telecommunications, retailing, and consulting and other services. Stan focuses on the unique needs of each of his clients, and seeks to establish long term relationships with them by providing timely, highly professional services and practical business judgment. Each client's objectives, business and management styles are carefully considered to help him provide more focused and relevant services. Stan also acts as an outsourced general counsel for some of his clients for the general management of their legal function, including the establishment of budgets, creation of internal compliance procedures, and the oversight of litigation or other outside legal services.

Doug F. on ContractsCounsel
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September 7, 2022

Doug F.

Managing Director
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Boston, MA
42 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NY
Boston University School of Law

Doug has over 20 years of private and public company general counsel experience focusing his legal practice on commercial transactions including both software and biotech. He is a tech savvy, business savvy lawyer who is responsive and will attain relationship building outcomes with your counterparty while effectively managing key risks and accelerating revenue. He received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law earning the Book Award in Professional Ethics and after graduation he taught legal writing there for a number of years. Prior to law school, Doug earned a M.A in Mathematics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a B.S in Honors Mathematics at Purdue University. After law school, Doug joined Fish & Richardson, where his practice focused on licensing software, trademarks and biotech. While at Fish & Richardson Doug authored a book on software licensing published by the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. Later he joined as General Counsel at FTP Software and led an IPO as well as corporate development. Doug has broad experience with a broad range of commercial agreement drafting and negotiation including SaaS software and professional services, distribution and other channel agreements, joint venture and M&A. Doug continued his leadership, corporate governance and commercial transaction practice at Mercury Computers (NASDAQ:MRCY) leading corporate development. Doug’s experience ranges from enterprise software to biotech and other vertical markets. He joined the board of Deque Systems in 2009 and joined in an operating role as President in 2020 successfully scaling the software business.

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Promissory Note

California

Asked on Jun 8, 2023

When to use a promissory note?

I recently started a small business and am in need of a loan to expand operations. I am researching the different types of financing available to me and came across promissory notes. I am unfamiliar with the process and need guidance on when a promissory note is appropriate for my loan.

Russell M.

Answered Jun 30, 2023

I'd be happy to explain what a promissory note is and provide context regarding its use in financing a business, as well as alternatives. A promissory note is a legal document that outlines a borrower's promise to repay a specific amount of money to a lender within a defined period of time. It serves as evidence of a debt and includes details such as the principal amount, interest rate, repayment terms, maturity date, and any additional terms and conditions agreed upon by both parties. Promissory notes are commonly used in business financing to secure loans from individuals, financial institutions, or even other businesses. They are a formal way to document the terms of a loan and provide legal protection to both the borrower and lender. In the context of financing a small business, promissory notes can be a suitable option when: 1. Borrowing from family and friends: If you're seeking funding from personal contacts, a promissory note can formalize the agreement, clarify repayment terms, and protect relationships. 2. Seeking private financing: Promissory notes can be used to secure loans from private investors or other businesses. They offer flexibility in negotiating terms, allowing you to tailor the agreement to your specific needs. 3. Exploring alternative lending options: In some cases, small businesses may face challenges obtaining loans from traditional financial institutions. Promissory notes can be an alternative financing method that appeals to investors looking for higher returns or businesses with unique circumstances. However, it's essential to consider alternative financing options alongside promissory notes. Here are a few alternatives to keep in mind: 1. Bank loans: Traditional bank loans often offer favorable interest rates and longer repayment terms. They may require more documentation and have stricter qualification criteria, but they can be an attractive option for businesses with a solid credit history and established operations. 2. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans: The SBA provides government-backed loans to small businesses. These loans typically offer competitive terms, including longer repayment periods and lower down payments, but they often involve more paperwork and longer approval processes. 3. Equity financing: Instead of borrowing money, some businesses opt to sell equity in their company in exchange for funding. This approach involves giving up a portion of ownership but can provide access to larger amounts of capital and potentially benefit from the expertise of investors. 4. Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding platforms allow businesses to raise funds from a large number of individuals, often in exchange for rewards or equity. It can be a viable option for startups or businesses with unique products or ideas. When considering financing options, it's crucial to assess factors such as the cost of borrowing, repayment terms, the impact on ownership, and the specific needs and goals of the business. Working with a financial advisor can help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option and determine the most suitable approach for your business's financing needs. For more, you can check out this excellent overview on Investopedia: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/promissorynote.asp

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Business Contract

Texas

Asked on May 31, 2022

i need a lawyer to help me make a offering memorandum for my startup private hedgefund, i dont know where to start and how much will it cost?

i just started a trading firm( hedgefund) with my other 2 partner , and my broker request an PPM to finish open up an trading account

Jane C.

Answered Jul 12, 2022

I suggest you place a proposal on the site for lawyers to bid on. My firm and other lawyers on this platform can assist you.

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Debt Settlement Agreement

Washington

Asked on Jul 30, 2023

When to use a debt settlement agreement?

I have recently been struggling to pay off my credit card debt, and I'm trying to find the best way to settle this debt. I am considering a debt settlement agreement, but I'm not sure when it is appropriate to use one. I understand that a debt settlement agreement is a legally binding agreement between a creditor and a debtor, and I want to know if this is a viable option for my situation.

Merry A.

Answered Aug 25, 2023

I only just saw your question - sorry you have been waiting since July 30, 2023! Whether a settlement agreement is your best choice is very fact-specific. In many situations, it's a good option if you can negotiate a far lower pay-off amount, but in some situations bankruptcy and a "clean slate" is the best option. Many legal servies/legal aid offices may offer free debt assistance -if it's not too late, I suggest that you contact such an office.

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