Don’t Sign A Franchise Agreement Containing These Clauses

Many franchise agreements include “deal-breaker” provisions such as insufficient start-up support, liquidated damages clauses, mandatory arbitration stipulations and more. Before signing a franchise agreement, entrepreneurs should carefully review the agreement and be wary of those that contain certain components. A franchise is an independently owned and operated business that is part of a larger network of related businesses under the umbrella of a large parent company. The parent company … [Read more...]

Will Estate Tax Be the Death of Your Small Business?

While estate tax isn’t necessarily the “death” of a small business, it could result in a significant burden for a handful of small businesses. The estate tax is sometimes levied on an estate upon the death of the decedent. An estate is a collection of assets and monies left behind by someone who passes away. The estate tax is decried by political opponents for causing double taxation because the assets composing the estate are post-tax dollars. Proponents of the tax argue that the estate tax … [Read more...]

Due Diligence for Your Growing Business

Due diligence is a critical stage in any commercial acquisition. It is the comprehensive and necessary review in a commercial acquisition to ensure that the deal meets the needs of all companies involved. Due diligence involves the rigorous evaluation of a company’s financials, personnel, liabilities, technology, intellectual property, sales, strategic vision, and other operations concerning the health and future of the acquisition. What Is Due Diligence? The composition of a due diligence … [Read more...]

Check With HOA For Defects Before Buying A Condo

Homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are valuable resources when checking for possible defects before purchasing a condo. Because the HOA is not incentivized by the possibility of a large payout or to lie, deceive or mislead a prospective buyer, consumers may be able to access more detailed and honest information than they might otherwise. Sellers are incentivized to paper over defects in the building or other issues that are currently being contested because their goal is to sell the unit and move. … [Read more...]

Treating Children Differently but Fairly in a Will

Parents sometimes leave unequal inheritances to their children and just because these amounts are uneven doesn't necessarily mean they are not fair. Decisions are often based on the needs of adult children, their achievements, major gifts that were already given, and alternative forms of estate planning. The Unequal Situation Parents often create their wills with the current financial situations of their children in mind. The following is an example of a scenario that a Chicago will attorney … [Read more...]

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