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Joshua B. on ContractsCounsel
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Joshua B.

Of Counsel
Free Consultation
Austin, Texas
22 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of Texas

Josh Bernstein has been serving real estate and corporate transactional clients since 2002. His experience is varied, and he enjoys working on and puzzling out novel and complex corporate and real estate matters. Josh’s experience includes, among other things, the following: representation of public companies in connection with SEC reporting and compliance work (proxies, 10-K’s; 10-Q’s; 8-K’s, etc.); representation of public and private company securities issuances (including private placements, and other similar offerings); assistance in structuring and drafting joint ventures, both for investors and operating partners, and including both real estate and corporate ventures; handling public and private company mergers and acquisitions; and asset sales and dispositions; assisting clients, big and small, with real estate acquisitions, sales and financings; managing large-scale and multi-state real estate portfolio acquisitions, dispositions and financings; complex condominium creation, structuring and governance work, including: commercial condominiums, use of condominiums as a land planning tool, wholesale condominium property acquisitions and dispositions, and rehabilitating failed or faulty condominium legal structures to make ready for sale; development of restrictive covenants and owners’ association documents for master-planned communities; compliance with federal statutes governing real estate sale and development (including, without limitation, the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, the Housing for Older Persons Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act); representation of real estate lenders, for both improved and unimproved property, and including numerous construction financings secured by real estate; assistance with commercial leasing; from both the landlord and tenant side, and including condominium leasing; training residential home and condominium sales staff for compliance with applicable local and federal law; and workouts of all kinds. When he’s not busy lawyering, Josh may be found watching 80’s commercials, flying a single-engine plane, playing poker, or trying to be a good dad.

Darryl S. on ContractsCounsel
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Darryl S.

Founder and Counselor-at-Law
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TEXAS
31 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
The University of Texas School of Law Austin

I specialize in contract law and focus on making sure your contract is clear, protects your interests and meets your needs. You can expect fast, straightforward communication from me, making sure you understand every step. With my experience, you'll get a detailed review of your contract at a fair, fixed price, without any surprises. I have over 30 years of business and legal experience that I bring to your project. I graduated from The University of Texas School of Law with High Honors in 1993 and practiced at Texas' largest law firm. I have founded companies and so understand how to be helpful as both a lawyer and business owner.

J.R. S. on ContractsCounsel
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December 29, 2023

J.R. S.

Business Lawyer
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Flower Mound, Texas
5 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Touro Law, New York

Experienced Attorney with an MBA in Finance who provides a business-oriented mindset and thrives in a collaborative environment with a-typical challenges. Possesses exceptional skills in legal research, drafting and enforcing contracts, skillful in negotiations and mediations, drafts extremely persuasive pleadings, attacks depositions with zeal for my clients. Experience includes Business Management and IT Consulting with a successful track record managing outside relationships, associated costs, and optimizing outcomes for client(s). Effectively restructures antiquated business processes and incorporates technology and best practices to effectuate progressive outcomes for business clients. Partners collaboratively with business leaders to advance company objectives while minimizing risk to ensure internal and external compliance, increased profitability, and diverse practices. Dynamic communicator with the interpersonal skills to build trusting relationships with executives, management, and employees of various backgrounds, expertise, and styles.

Michelle T. on ContractsCounsel
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October 10, 2023

Michelle T.

Business Lawyer
Free Consultation
Alexandria, VA
19 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX, VA
Florida State College of Law

I am an experienced, well-rounded attorney with a background specializing in trusts and estates, contracts and business law. I have extensive experience working with simple contracts all the way up to multi-million dollar deals.

Lynette P. on ContractsCounsel
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October 1, 2023

Lynette P.

Litigation Attorney
Free Consultation
Little Rock, Arkansas
11 Yrs Experience
Licensed in AR, TX
St. Mary's University School of Law

I am licensed in both Texas and Arkansas but actively working in Arkansas. My primary focus is criminal defense, family law, and estate planning (wills and trusts).

Matthew W. on ContractsCounsel
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October 2, 2023

Matthew W.

Corporate Lawyer
Free Consultation
Houston
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of Texas Law School

I represent startups, investment firms, and individuals frequently with equity and debt financing, M&A transactions, and commercial contracts.

Brian S. on ContractsCounsel
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December 15, 2023

Brian S.

Corporate Attorney
Free Consultation
Arizona, United States
23 Yrs Experience
Licensed in AZ, CA, DC, TX
South Texas College of Law Houston

I am a corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience in litigation and in advising companies on a variety of legal issues, including mergers and acquisitions, securities regulations, and contract negotiations. I have a deep understanding of the technology industry and have represented numerous tech companies in my career.

Aaron S. on ContractsCounsel
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January 28, 2024

Aaron S.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Los Angeles, CA
5 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, TX
University of Texas School of Law

My passion is protecting the passions of others. I have 5+ years of contract review, and all aspects of entertainment law including negotiation, mediation, intellectual property, copyright, and music licensing. I also have experience working with nonprofits, and small businesses helping with formation, dissolution, partnerships, etc. I am licensed in both Texas and California.

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February 20, 2024

John V.

owner
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Veach Law PLLC
41 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC, TN, TX
Georgetown Law School

Education: Georgetown Law (83), Yale (75- BA in Economics), Hotchkiss School (1970). Practice areas have included commercial litigation, individual litigation, and securities litigation and arbitration.

Nichole M. on ContractsCounsel
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March 19, 2024

Nichole M.

Solo Practitioner
Free Consultation
Midlothian, Texas
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in MN, TX
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER STURM COLLEGE OF LAW

Ms. Melton-Mitchell is a seasoned executive that has obtained a law degree and is practicing law as a second career. She has spent over 25 years in the health care industry and is well versed in health law, contract law, financial law, trusts and estates, M&A and other types of transactional law. She maintains evening and weekend hours to allow clients flexibility in connecting with her around their schedule.

Kenneth f. on ContractsCounsel
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April 12, 2024

Kenneth f.

Lawyer
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Texas
2 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
St. Marys School of Law

Kenneth D. Ferguson is a distinguished attorney who earned his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s School of Law in May 2022. During his time at St. Mary’s, Kenneth displayed exceptional dedication and skill in the field of law, culminating in a historic achievement when his team secured victory in the first-ever National Mock Trial Championship for the university. This remarkable feat showcased Kenneth’s innate talent for advocacy and his unwavering commitment to excellence, earning him a well-deserved induction into the prestigious Order of the Barristers organization. Kenneth serves as a respected member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Young Lawyers Association, where he contributes his insights and expertise to the development of the legal community. Additionally, he holds the esteemed title of Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a recognition of his outstanding contributions to the legal profession. Kenneth is also a valued member of the Texas Bar College, demonstrating his commitment to continuous learning and professional growth. Kenneth is licensed to practice law in a multitude of jurisdictions, including all Texas Courts, the U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, and their respective Bankruptcy Divisions.

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Startup Legal Questions and Answers

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LLC

Texas

Asked on May 24, 2023

LLC tax advantages?

I recently started a small business and am considering forming a limited liability company (LLC). I understand that LLCs provide certain protections for business owners, but I am not clear on the tax advantages of an LLC. I would like to know what kind of tax benefits I could expect if I form an LLC.

Jimmy V.

Answered May 30, 2023

LLCs are "pass-through" entities for tax purposes. In other words, there is no income tax due on the company level. The distributions "pass through" to you and you report them on your personal tax return. This prevents double taxation.

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LLC

Texas

Asked on Oct 26, 2023

How is ownership defined in LLC formation?

I am starting a new business and am looking to form a limited liability company (LLC). I understand that an LLC is a business structure that can help protect my personal assets from any debts or liabilities of the business. I am looking to understand how the ownership of the LLC is defined and how it affects the legal and financial structure of the LLC. I am hoping to find out what type of paperwork and/or agreements need to be drawn up in order to set up the LLC properly.

Jimmy V.

Answered Nov 3, 2023

Owners of LLCs are called "Members." Members make an initial contribution of cash or other property to the LLC in exchange for their Membership Interests in the LLC. The Members can run the LLC themselves if they like. This is common in LLCs with one or only a few Members. If there are many Members, they may decide to appoint a Manager to run the LLC. Managers can be owners, and vice versa.

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Corporate

Founders' Agreement

Texas

Asked on Sep 12, 2021

Signing Founders Agreement as non-us resident?

I am from Ecuador and I am going to sign a Founder's Agreement with a person from Texas. I want to know in detail what are things I must take into consideration before signing this agreement.

Jane C.

Answered Sep 17, 2021

I would look at the provisions related to taxes, intellectual property, and non compete provisions. I suggest you review the terms with an attorney before signing.

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Startup

LLC

Texas

Asked on Oct 26, 2023

What are the benefits of LLC formation?

I am a small business owner looking to expand my operations and protect my personal assets. I am considering forming a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and would like to understand the benefits of doing so. I understand that an LLC provides limited liability for its owners, but I am also interested in the tax implications and other benefits of LLC formation.

Jimmy V.

Answered Nov 3, 2023

The LLC has three advantages over other types of business entities: (1) it creates a liability shield for the owner's personal assets in case the business gets sued; (2) the LLC has "pass-through" taxation - in other words, unlike a corporation, there is no tax due at the entity level. All profits and losses "pass through" to the owner and are accounted for on the owner's individual tax return; (3) the LLC is a simple and flexible business structure that does not require as much paperwork as a corporation.

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Startup

Convertible Note

California

Asked on Jul 30, 2023

Convertible note vs. equity financing?

I am an entrepreneur and I am in the process of raising capital for my startup. I am considering both convertible note and equity financing options and am trying to decide which one is best suited for my company. I need to understand the key differences between the two options to make an informed decision.

Thaddeus W.

Answered Sep 8, 2023

Good question. Convertible notes (as well as SAFE's, discussed below) differ from equity in several respects. The most fundamental difference is that a convertible note is debt. A second major difference is that, although the note is debt, its terms include the noteholder's right to acquire an equity position in the future; if a certain event later occurs (defined in the note, but typically the sale of preferred stock to a future investor (e.g. a venture capital firm), but also a sale of the company can have a similar effect), this will trigger the note to convert into equity and the note is "satisfied" ... that is, the debt is extinguished when the note converts and the holder thereby becomes an equity holder (typically coming to own shares of preferred stock very similar to that issued to the future investors in that triggering event). These two differences are related to a third. A convertible note is often issued without a valuation of the company. For example, when a startup business has no operating history, it is impossible for the startup founders or the investor to decide what the company is worth. Equity cannot be issued for a fair market value (FMV), since there is no basis to determine what the FMV is. A convertible note resolves that by giving the investor (the note holder) the right to convert the note into equity later on, when another investor and the company can agree on a company valuation. In other words, the convertible note allows the company to "kick the can (of valuation) down the road" to be dealt with at another time. But, since a convertible note is debt, is has a repayment provision, and normally carries interest. This means that the note is carried on the company's balance sheet as debt, and presents the company with the future obligation to repay the note if a conversion event has not happened before the note's maturity date. So, SAFE's are often used, especially now that they have become so familiar to investors. (SAFE stands for Simple Agreement for Future Equity). Essentially, as SAFE is a convertible note without the debt features. A SAFE carries no interest and does not have to be repaid. The investor in a SAFE will normally be sophisticated and able to assess the chances the company will do well enough for a conversion event (the issuance of preferred stock, or a sale of the company) to result in the investor's SAFE converting, and thus give the investor comfort that would otherwise be lacking in an instrument that has no repayment obligation. Like a convertible note, a SAFE kicks the can of valuation down the road, where a valuation can later be determined by the company and a future investor. Founders should exercise caution in issuing convertible notes or SAFE's. Among other reasons, founders commonly do not appreciate the impact that convertible notes or SAFE's can have on the founders' own ownership. Convertible notes and SAFE's often include a feature called a "valuation cap." This can result in surprising dilution, as well as the issuance of equity to the converting note or SAFE holder at what is effectively a very low price per share, costing the company far more than the founders may have expected. Also, notes and SAFE's with very similar, but different, terms can result in a complicated capitalization table, making negotiations with venture capital firms later on more difficult, an equity transaction more complex, and thus the process more time-consuming and (therefore) more expensive.

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