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Foreign Qualification Can Be Easy, or It Can Be Difficult

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Foreign qualification is how a given state permits an entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company, from elsewhere to do business in that state. In this context, “foreign” can mean from another state or from a different country.

Recently, one of my international clients formed a corporation in Delaware. We have been qualifying that corporation to do business in about a dozen other states. This post explains how easy, or how difficult, various states makes the foreign qualification process.

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What are Liquidated Damages?

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This post explains the meaning of the legal term “liquidated damages“. It is part of Dana Shultz’s Canonical Questions on the Law® series of questions and answers about legal issues, concepts and terminology .

Sometimes a contract specifies an amount that a party must pay for breaching that contract. The legal terms for that amount is liquidated damages.

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What Does “Represent and Warrant” Mean?

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This post discusses the meaning of the phrase “represent and warrant“. This is part of Dana Shultz’s Canonical Questions on the Law® series of questions and answers about legal issues, concepts and terminology.

Distinguishing Representations from Warranties

To understand what the contractual phrase “represent and warrant” means, we need to know what representations and warranties are.

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California Corporate Officers are Employees

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This post discusses why – especially now that Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB-5) has taken effect – in California corporate officers are considered employees rather than independent contractors.

California Corporate Officers Employees by Statute

The starting point is California Unemployment Insurance Code Section 621. This Section states, in relevant part:

“Employee” means all of the following:

(a) Any officer of a corporation.

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Stakeholders Matter, but Shareholders Still #1

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This post about corporate stakeholders is based largely on my answer to a Quora question. Please see How many companies do you think will adopt the Business Roundtable’s statement that the purpose of a corporation is to take into account ALL stakeholders

The Business Roundtable describes itself as an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies. On August 19, 2019, the Roundtable garnered headlines when it announced that it had redefined the purpose of a corporation to promote an economy that serves all Americans. In my opinion, that characterization is not accurate.

Roundtable Statement about Stakeholders

Here is what the relevant portion of the Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation says:

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Which Personnel Records Can an Employee Inspect?

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This post describes California employees’ rights to inspect, and receive copies of, their personnel records.

The relevant statute is California Labor Code Section 1198.5(a), which states:

Every current and former employee, or his or her representative, has the right to inspect and receive a copy of the personnel records that the employer maintains relating to the employee’s performance or to any grievance concerning the employee.

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What is Dissociation?

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This post explains what dissociation is. This is part of Dana Shultz’s Canonical Questions on the Law® series of questions and answers about legal issues, concepts and terminology.

Definition of Dissociation

Dissociation is the process by which one:

  • Stops being a member of a limited liability company (LLC); or
  • Stops being a partner in a partnership.

Alternatively, this process sometimes is called withdrawal.

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What is Reincorporation?

Image of moving van, symbolizing reincorporationIn How Can I Move My Corporation to Another State?, I explained that there are three ways to move a corporation from one state to another. This post describes one of those ways: Reincorporation.

Three Ways to Move among States

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How to Redomesticate when Your State Won’t Permit It

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In How Can I Move My Corporation to Another State?, I discussed redomestication, i.e., how to move a legal entity from one state to another. In this post, I explain how to redomesticate an entity when the existing state’s law prohibits redomestication.

California Corporation Cannot Redomesticate

About a year ago, the CEO of a California corporation contacted me. He was relocating to Pennsylvania, so it made sense to move his corporation there, too. Unfortunately, California does not permit its corporations, in contrast to limited liability companies (LLCs), to redomesticate. (Please see the CA Secretary of State’s Conversion Information page.)

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Protect Your IP when You Hire a Freelancer

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This post explains how to make sure that you own work product and intellectual property (IP) when you use a freelancer service. Most of the following first appeared on Quora. Please see How can I protect my source code and its Intellectual Property Right while working with a very large team of remote freelancers (Upwork and Fiverr etc)? Are freelancing platforms ensuring IP protection?

When you use a freelancing platform, you need to ensure that you have an agreement with each freelancer. And that agreement must assign to you all work product and all intellectual property rights.

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