Restrictive Covenants in New York Franchise Agreements: Strategic Use of Restrictive Covenants by Franchisors

New York franchise agreements typically contain restrictive covenants against competition and/or a franchisee non-compete clause. Such provisions are meant to prevent franchisees, whom are granted rights by the franchisor to operate a business modeled on the Franchise Program from engaging in business activities in competition with the franchisor during or

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Finding an Efficient New York Business Lawyer for your NY Business

We here at Hayes & Simon obtain numerous emails and calls from potential clients in search of a New York business lawyer to act as part-time general counsel.  The majority of these intakes come from referrals from present clients, referrals from other lawyers and some trickle in via this New

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Draft A Clear Statement of Work in New York

When hiring a business or individual in connection with a project, it is important that all parties create and agree to a clear and precise Statement of Work. A Statement of Work (SOW) is a formal document entered into by parties involved in a project that specifies in clear understandable

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New York Sexual Harassment Law Basics for New York City & State Employers

The #MeToo movement has motivated the State and City of New York to implement a battery of new sexual harassment laws applicable to all businesses in New York City and New York State.  The new New York laws should motivate employers in New York to update NY employment rules, NY

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Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in New York Courts: Collecting debts based on foreign judgments in New York

Enforcement of a foreign judgment in a New York court should first proceed based on the type of foreign judgment and how you obtained the foreign judgment. The procedure requires an understanding of not only New York Law, but international law and treatises.  The procedure should be performed by a

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Buying or Selling A Business in New York? Do Your “Due Diligence”

Before buying or selling a New Yorkbusiness, make sure you understand how to perform a “due diligence” for the business. This is essential for all businesses whether you are the buyer or a seller. A good motivated seller of a business will, usually, receive a better deal if pre-due diligence

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Understanding New York’s Business Judgment Rule

Officers and directors of start-up corporations are responsible for managing and directing the business’s affairs. As the business grows, so does the level of responsibility for officers and directors.  Under the “business judgment rule,” officers and directors of a corporation are immune from liability to the corporation for losses resulting

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New York Age Discrimination Protection Basics

As part of our ongoing series of posts intended to familiarize you with New York and Federal laws you must follow if you are running a business in New York, it is important to understand the way the New York law protects employees from age discrimination. Age discrimination is, in

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Firing an Employee in NY? Exceptions to NY “At Will” Employee Law

If your New York business hires employees in NY, then it is essential that you know what hiring someone as an employee “at will” in New York is and what rights and protections at-will employees are afforded under New York At-Will Employment Law. New York is generally considered an “employment

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Starting A Nonprofit Corporation in New York

Forming a nonprofit corporation in New York is not so difficult after some basic understandings of the the types of nonprofit businesses in New York and an understanding of the basic formalities. 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations in New York A 501(c)(3) organization, which are formed for religious, charitable, scientific, literary or

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NY State and Federal Tax Exemption for your New York Nonprofit

Now that you created your New York nonprofit,  let’s discuss how your New York nonprofit can apply for state and federal tax exemption. After your New York nonprofit has held its first organizing meeting, you will need the continued assistance of an experienced attorney to file documents with the federal

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New York Shareholder, Member and Partnership Business Disputes In NY: New York Business Disputes & Litigation Basics

We handle numerous New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and international shareholder and member disputes.  The main reasons for these disputes are because of the lack of an adequate Shareholder, Operations or Partnership Agreement, the lack of due diligence or nefarious acts by a member, shareholder or controlling directors.  Analyzing whether

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Winding Up Your New York Business: Essential Steps to Business Closure in New York

If you are looking to close your New York business, these are some of the many essential steps you should take.  In most cases you shall require a New York Bankruptcy lawyers to assist in the windup process: Vote to Close the New York Business No matter what form your

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Frustration of Purpose as a Tool to Avoid Contracts in New York: The BREXIT Fallout

We have clients that are supplying products to UK companies and UK companies that are being supplied products by U.S. companies. With the surprising outcome of the Brexit vote, the purpose of these agreements are now frustrated because, often, these products are used in finished products assembled in EU nations.

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Validity and Enforceability of Electronic Signatures in New York

Federal law governs, in most cases in New York, when the use of an electronic signature is valid and enforceable.  The U.S. Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (also called ESIGN Act) defines an electronic signature as “an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated

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Should I Purchase a Franchise Or Start My Own Business in New York: Six Factors For Your Consideration

Choosing between franchise or starting your own business in New York is an important choice that can have a major impact on your future.  The choice may, ultimately come down to your personality. Weighing the pros and cons of purchasing a franchise against starting a non-franchised business begins with some

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Obtaining A New York Liquor License

Qualifying for a liquor license in New York State may seem straightforward, but will get complicated if you do not know the basics. The application process starts with choosing your business’s location in New York, because it can impact your license application.  A New York business selling alcoholic beverages must

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Private Placement Memos Get Start-Ups Moving

Recently, I wrote about the two tools available to small businesses to stir interest and investment – the business plan and the private placement memorandum.  Let’s focus on the private placement memorandum. A Private Placement Memorandum (or PPM for short) is a legal document that organized businesses provide to prospective

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Registering Your New York Nonprofit For Fundraising Purpopses

If your New York nonprofit is fundraising in New York, then you may likely need to register with the New York Attorney General’s office. Before soliciting contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations or government agencies within New York, a New York nonprofit must register with the NY Attorney General’s General Charities

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Terminating A Franchise Agreement In New York: NY Franchise Law Basics

The termination or cancellation of a New York franchise relationship requires planning, a thorough understanding of your particular New York franchise agreement and procedural formalities.  Typically, it is advisable to consult with your franchise lawyer. New York Franchise Terminations (Franchisee Considerations) For example, preparation should begin before signing a franchise agreement

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