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How is business defamation defined?

What does business to business defamation look like? Many are familiar with personal defamatory acts, but how does it play out between corporations? Here are some elements of business defamation and how the state of Virginia categorizes libel and slander.

The Power of Reputation

Defamation lawsuits: The most misunderstood area of the law

Freedom of speech is an integral part of American society and a constitutional right. However, false statements against another individual can lead to a civil defamation lawsuit. Defamation is a blanket term that covers any statement that hurts a person's reputation or good name. Defamation law encompasses more than simply hurt feelings as a result of expressed opinions.

Slander, slander per se or libel?

Who signs on behalf of an entity?

A commonly asked question when an entity is involved with a transaction is; who has authority to sign on behalf of that entity?

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Two documents are of central importance concerning Limited Liability Companies. The Operating Agreement & Articles of Organization. The Articles of Organization is filed with the State, to establish the LLC. The Operating Agreement governs operations & members' financial and managerial privilege, as well as the managing members of the LLC. The managing member is a signatory with authority to bind the LLC; or sign documents on its behalf. The signature on all documents must discern if they are signing in their individual capacity or on behalf of the LLC.

Do you have candidates in mind for power of attorney agents?

Getting started on your estate plan may have you thinking about how you want your property distributed after death, how your family will get on without you and numerous other aspects that could relate to your demise. However, when creating this type of plan, you may want to remember that it can also prove useful before your death, especially in the event that you become incapacitated.

Incapacitation could happen for a number of reasons. Some causes include mental deterioration, severe illness or serious injuries resulting from an accident. Though most people think of elderly individuals needing round-the-clock care, you could find yourself in this predicament at any age. As a result, you may want to consider appointing a trusted individual to act on your behalf before the need arises.

Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) In A Real Estate Contract

The amount of the EMD should be discussed with your real estate agent. As a seller, this can be an important consideration to prevent a buyer from walking away from the contract. For a buyer, the "good faith" deposit amount confirms to the seller your intent to complete the transaction.

A partnership agreement provides a solid foundation

Slowly but surely, everything is falling into place. You have financing and office space, supplies and inventory. You have a rock-solid business plan, vendors and clients who are eager to get started. You have a partner who promises to be a powerful force who can help to propel your new business into a successful future. However, is it possible that your partner could also be the element that brings your company down?

Studies show that partnerships have a much higher rate of success than sole proprietorships, but there are also more opportunities for deal-breaking disagreements when more than one person is at the helm. Business advocates say the best way to prevent this and to improve the chances that your business will succeed is to have a partnership agreement from the very beginning.

The challenge of sole proprietorships

The most common form for someone just starting a business is the sole proprietorship. If you have a one-person business - a bookkeeper, a consultant, a computer repair shop, a housecleaner or a writer - it's the perfect solution.

It is easy to see why it is nearly everyone's initial choice: 

What is a Seller property disclosure?

A Seller Property Disclosure is a requirement in a standard residential sales contract. Only the seller may complete and sign this form. The agent or property management company is not authorized to sign on their behalf. It requires a seller of residential property to disclose all known & latent defects (they have actual knowledge of) in the property. Latent defects are material defects that a purchaser would not reasonably be expected to ascertain or observe by a careful, visual inspection of the property. The seller is also required to disclose any defects that could impose a threat to the health or safety of the purchaser or occupant of the property. This would include tenants or invitees of the purchaser. The disclosure should be delivered to the purchaser at the time the sales contract is signed. In the Washington, DC Metro area there are jurisdictional variations to the disclosure, as well as the remedies for the purchaser in the event the seller does not provide it in a timely manner.

Using A Power Of Attorney In A Real Estate Closing

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document executed by a Principal (buyer or seller) that designates an agent, referred to in this document as the Attorney in fact, to sign on their behalf. In the State of Maryland, it is suggested that you use a statutory POA form when such a power is needed. Mehalko & Moghul can prepare a suitable POA to be used in Virginia and The District of Columbia.

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