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I can give you some general direction, but without knowing what you know and your prior experience, it's hard to give you the specific questions. What you want to do is structure this as an asset purchase rather than a purchase of the business itself so you avoid stepping into any existing liabilities, lawsuits, etc. To do this, you want to enter into an Asset Purchase Agreement which provides for the seller to deliver a comprehensive list of documentation regarding all aspects of the operations of the business, existing contracts, any lawsuits, existing lease, financial records, etc., etc., and giving you a due diligence period to review these materials. The Asset Purchase Agreement also will contain a list of representations and warranties that the seller must make with regard to the business. Once you have had a chance to review all the information provided, you can then make a determination of whether or not to move forward. :)