There are many different business models used in the retail world and the business world. People sign leases in their personal name or in the name of a corporation. There is no right or wrong way to do things, but it is advised that a corporation sign the lease. I am not an attorney, but I am involved in lease transactions and have bought real estate before and the general rule is to use some corporate structure for asset protection and liability. The best thing to do is speak with an attorney before entering in lease negotiations about how you should structure the business. This goes hand in hand with the attorney reviewing the lease, so you can fortunately “kill two birds with one stone.”

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