Entries by Imke Ratschko


Small Business and Arbitration

Many small business contracts provide that any dispute arising from the contract must be arbitrated rather than litigated in a state or federal court.  Unfortunately, these provisions are often included without a second thought to their practical meaning and whether small business arbitration is beneficial.  Before agreeing to arbitrate your small business dispute know this […]

Promissory Notes

What is a Promissory Note? A Promissory Note (also known as “note” or “negotiable instrument”) is a written statement that money is owed to you by the author (also known as “maker”) of the statement.  You can transfer the note to other people, who can then demand payment from the person or entity that owed […]


Business Partnerships Gone Bad

A business break-up can be as stressful and emotionally draining as the breakup of a marriage. And there is always a child involved….the business. So when your business partnership has gone bad, you really want to find out where you are standing and what rights you may have vis a vis the other business partners and the business.

NY Business Certificates – Know Your “Doing Business As” Responsibilities

Doing Business As D.B.A. or “Doing Business As” is not only a cool bar in the East Village, it also refers to individuals (sole proprietorships), partnerships, corporations and other entities that do  business under a name different from their real name.  For example, Joe Smith operates a computer service business under the name “Computer Geeks […]