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  • SOURCING A COMMERCIAL PROJECT – Part 2

    by BPE Law Senior Attorney and Co-Manager, Keith Dunnagan In the previous post we addressed various avenues to obtaining funds for project, whether those funds come from institutional sources or non-traditional sources. Once you have narrowed the field of where you will seek financing, the borrower will be looking for a letter of commitment from […]

    COMMERCIAL FINANCING – Part 4: Security Instruments

    by BPE Law Senior Attorney and Co-Manager, Keith Dunnagan In the previous posts we have reviewed promissory notes and business loan agreements. The next step is securitization. Very few commercial lenders want unsecured loans. Nearly all commercial loans require some form of security if not multiple forms of security. It is important to understand what […]

    SOURCING A COMMERCIAL PROJECT – Part 1

    by BPE Law Senior Attorney and Co-Manager, Keith Dunnagan One of the first questions that comes up in any commercial transaction is who will lend the kind of money one needs to complete a commercial project. The answer naturally, is “that depends”. It depends on several factors, including but not limited to what type of […]

    BUSINESS ENTITIES – Part 5: Blended Entities

    by BPE Attorneys Keith Dunnagan and Matthew Kirkpatrick In the last article we discussed limited liability companies and have thus far also looked at corporations and partnership models as well. In this last installment on business entities we will look at what I call “Blended Entities”. In reality all a Blended Entity is – is […]

    UNDERSTANDING “CALEB’S LAW” – AB 2235 by Attorney Matthew Kirkpatrick, BPE Law Commercial Practices Group.

    In 2015, Caleb Sears, a six year old, went to his local oral surgeon’s office for a routine tooth extraction. While under general anesthesia Caleb stopped breathing and suffered massive injuries resulting in his death. At least four other pediatric deaths similar to Caleb’s occurred just last year. These deaths moved Assembly Member Tony Thurmond […]

    BUSINESS ENTITIES – Part 4: Limited Liability Companies by BPE Attorneys Keith Dunnagan and Matthew Kirkpatrick

    In the last article we discussed corporations and their role in the business community. In this article we will look at the limited liability company model as an alternative business structure for your business. LLCs are governed by the California Corporations Code and within the LLC structure there are two types of tax structures and […]

    BUSINESS ENTITIES – Part 3: Corporations by BPE Attorneys Keith Dunnagan and Matthew Kirkpatrick

    In the last article we discussed partnerships and their role in the business community. In this article we will look at the corporate model as an alternative business structure for your company. Corporations are governed by the California Corporations Code and within the corporate structure there are 2 primary tax structures and 3 types of […]

    UNDERSTANDING PARTNERSHIPS by BPE Attorneys Matthew Kirkpatrick and Keith Dunnagan

    In the last article, we introduced the series on entity formation and selection. One of the most common, if not the most common, business entity is the Partnership. These entities are generally governed by the California Corporate Code under either RUPA (General Partnerships) or Re-RULPA (Limited Partnerships). A partnership as an entity is nothing more […]

    OVERVIEW OF BUSINESS ENTITIES AND OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES by Keith Dunnagan, BPE Law co-managing attorney and chair of our Commercial Practices Group.

    For those of you who were unable to attend, on April 15, 2016, BPE’s co-managing attorney and chair of the commercial transaction practice, Keith Dunnagan taught a class at SAR’s Broker’s Training Institute on Business Entities and how professionals are using various ownership forms in their business structures. The most common of these are: (1) […]

    Medical Marijuana Part 3 – What to do if your existing tenant uses Marijuana

    Here are a few common situations that property owners are now facing: –    Other tenants or neighbors are complaining about your tenant growing or using marijuana on your property; –    On an inspection of your property, you smell marijuana or see marijuana plants growing in the yard or indoors; –    There’s been a break-in at […]