Answer: Avvo Question [I got in trouble....] - I initialed almost all pages of a contract and signed a "schedule B", but did not sign the actual contract, is it enforceable?

I wrote a response  (Below) and a New Your attorney gave me a talking to. "We are lawyers here Bradley, not psychologists.... avoided but the platitudes are more self-serving than practically helpful."..Ohh snap! ..My response...lawyers are more than just living, breathing, legal books. We are many many things, including negotiators, litigators, hired guns, researchers, advisors (lawyer who responded specifically has this on his Avvo profile), and many more things...other parties issues and pressure points, as he said it a psychologist. 

My Actual Posting


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Brad, there is a dead copyright, can I use it?

Could [I] use the information since the copyright/trademark had 'expired' and there was no website...Short answer: Don't do it, it is covered. Long answer:...

Copyright exists when the work is created, not when (or if) it is registered...So, you would be boned either way...Your three options.... (Business advice)


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Answer: AVVO: Family LLC issues

AVVO Question: 

I was a non voting member of a family LLC. ... My father refused to provide ... paid. ...Can I sue?

Bickerton Answer:

I usually try to answer questions ... you may not need an this case you ... need advice of counsel. 

... Good attorneys help by being an advocate for you and taking some of that burden off....  I personally went through some similar situations ..., we were able to resolve some emotional and financial issues ... having everyone read: "Family Wealth" by James Hughes. I'd give that book a look. 

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Entrepreneurial minds

Vail Daily Column: Entrepreneurial minds

I’d like to start a conversation about business growth, specifically about the Boulder Thesis of startup communities. A couple weeks ago, I was invited as a volunteer with the Vail Leadership Institute to the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Economic Development District bi-monthly meeting. I focused my time with them discussing some of the Boulder Thesis of entrepreneurial communities.

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Answer: Succeed: Small Business Network (LinkedIN Group)

Question: If you (a small business owner) one hour with a spend it?

Bickerton Answer:

.. I'll answer in a business sense.... 

Short answer: Review of your business documents especially operating agreements. 

Long answer: I am an active entrepreneur, business consultant, and attorney. My first advice to everyone, and it applies here, is to define success for YOUR one hour with an attorney.


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Answer: AVVO: Structuring a silent partnership without actual ownership

Question: Structuring a silent partnership without actual ownership

Have a high risk, high reward business venture that my business associate and I are struggling to find the right structure. For liability reasons, I don’t want to technically have ownership in the company-but I will be providing critical resources to the company such as all funding and all of the knowhow. Any suggestions for an alternative structure to actual ownership?

Answer From Brad Bickerton...I am going to answer my MBA ... perspective ...I push back on not wanting ownership. I’m not sure what your ‘liability reasons” are....consider convertible debt or profit sharing agreement.

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