Category Archives: Business Startup Law

Forming a Corporation: Legal Documents You Can’t Do Without – Part 1

Forming a Corporation: Legal Documents You Can’t Do Without - Part 1 by Aaron Pierce

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Forming a corporation is a bit like entering into marriage: all the parties need to agree beforehand on how the corporation will work, i.e. what rules the entity will generally function under. Taking the time early on in the formation of the corporation to discuss and implement corporate operating documents will help avoid disruption and additional costs, especially legal fees, later on when disputes almost inevitably arise.

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Protecting Your Dream in the Hospitality Industry

Protecting Your Dream in the Hospitality Industry by Aaron Pierce

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Operating a business in New York City is often described as an uphill battle. Zoning laws, safety regulations, and consumer protection measures can eat into any business’ profits—but especially in the hospitality industry. In this blog, I provide food for thought to aspiring restaurateurs and bar owners who are considering setting up shop in the city.

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Protecting Your Art Starts With Properly Drafted Contracts

Protecting Your Art Starts With Properly Drafted Contracts by Aaron Pierce

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When it comes to the sale of visual art, like paintings, sculpture, or photography, the artist-gallery relationship is paramount. In order to make sure this business relationship remains clear and mutually profitable, the artist and gallery need to agree to a contract that meets their needs. Unfortunately, artists will often opt for a quick template or “boilerplate” contract in an attempt to save money or avoid getting mired in contract law. While that may seem like a convenient option, all that does is provide a false sense of security.

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Seven Considerations for Every Independent Film Investor

Seven Considerations for Every Independent Film Investor by Aaron Pierce

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Investors are integral to an independent film’s success. Film budgets vary widely, from around $20,000 for a micro-budget film to upwards of a few hundred million dollars.

There is a core independent circuit where the films fall in the $5–$25 million dollar range. These films can prove highly successful and are often featured in film festivals around the globe including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Tribeca. That said, these films do not often have the support of major Hollywood studio machinery in terms of distribution, and marketing; so for this and other reasons, they require independent investors, or financiers, who share the producers’ artistic passion for the project.

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