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CAULKINS & BRUCE VOLUNTEERS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY

On April 25, 2017, Caulkins & Bruce’s Scott Caulkins, Nick Erickson, and Allyson Sullivan gave back to the Arlington community as participants in Volunteer Arlington Day, an annual event organized by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Caulkins & Bruce worked together with representatives of Clarendon Animal Care to help to clean and organize classrooms at… Read More »

TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN BUYING AN EXISTING FRANCHISE BUSINESS

By R. Scott Caulkins, Esq. The typical path to becoming a franchisee is to sign a franchise agreement with a franchisor and open up a new franchise location. In a new, start-up franchise system, this is likely to be the only path to becoming a franchisee. But in an established franchise system with many existing… Read More »

Those Are Corporate Assets – You Can’t Seize Those to Pay My Personal Debt – Or Can You? – Piercing the Corporate Veil in Reverse

By Susan J. King, Esq. Traditionally, corporations and limited liability companies are treated as legal entities that are separate from their officers and equity holders, and the debts of the company are not debts of the owner and vice versa. The courts have, however, held owners personally liable for debts of the entity where the… Read More »

Equity Crowdfunding: It is Finally Available for Small Capital Raises

By Susan J. King, Esq. The long awaited rules from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on equity crowdfunding for small businesses finally took effect on May 16, 2016. Most non-public U.S. companies can use the new rules to raise up to $1 million in a 12 month period. The amount that any single investor… Read More »

Avoiding and Challenging a Default Judgment in Virginia

By Kristen L. Loesch, Esq. If you learn that a default judgment has been entered against you or your business as a defendant in a lawsuit, it is important to seek legal advice immediately. How quickly you act can have a tremendous impact on your ability to overcome a default judgment. How to Avoid a… Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions about Franchising

By R. Scott Caulkins What is a franchise, and how does a franchise work? A franchise is a business relationship that is created so that goods and services can be distributed by way of a proven business model. Federal and state laws vary in the way the word “franchise” is defined, but generally a franchise… Read More »

Withholding Rent for an Unsafe or Unhealthy Property in Virginia

By Nicholas C. Erickson, Esq. Under Virginia law, a Landlord has an obligation to maintain a residential rental property in a habitable and sanitary condition, regardless of any language in the residential lease shifting maintenance responsibilities to the Tenant.  It is generally true that a Tenant cannot unilaterally withhold rent in Virginia because of unsafe… Read More »

Nicholas C. Erickson invested as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arlington County Bar Association

On June 24, 2016, attorney Nicholas C. Erickson was invested as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Arlington County Bar Association (ACBA). Nick is also the Treasurer of the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Section. Attorneys from Caulkins & Bruce, PC celebrated these achievements at the ACBA Dinner Dance at the Army-Navy County Club… Read More »

Highlights of the 2015 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

The most recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective on December 1, 2015. The amendments are to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 34, 37, 55 and 84. The amendments are intended to help reduce the expense of litigation, expedite cases by shortening certain time periods, and provide more uniformity… Read More »

Changes to § 8.01-454 Double Fines for Judgment Creditors Who Fail to Acknowledge Payments in a Timely Manner

In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly took steps to help ensure that judgment debtors are credited with payment in a timely manner. The reform to Va. Code § 8.01-454 raises the fine from $50 to $100 when judgment creditors fail to acknowledge with the court that a judgment debtor has made even a partial payment… Read More »

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