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Why Startups Need Lawyers, Not Legal Templates

When growth and funding are top priorities, it is wise to not let legal soundness fall to the wayside. Not surprisingly, 1 in 10 startups fails due to overlooked legal issues. Without a lawyer looking out for your best interests, it’s easy to miss common legal mishaps that pose a threat to any startup. Mistake […]

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Reducing Risk: 3 Business Agreements That Will Decrease Your Liability Risk

Those new to the business world often lack the first-hand experience of initiating and building healthy business relationships. But protecting these vital relationships with carefully crafted business agreements—such as those for co-owners, suppliers and clients—is essential to growing a new business without risk of being taken advantage of or of burning valuable bridges. To decrease […]

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Business Conflict: Tips for Settling Business Disputes Part 2

In part 1, we discussed the importance of knowing how to negotiate business deals and mitigate conflict whenever possible. Besides being a financial drain, business disputes can also create conflicts that require precious time and energy to resolve. Setting clear boundaries and realistic expectations when making professional agreements is essential in setting yourself up for […]

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Business Conflict: Tips for Settling Business Disputes Part 1

A large part of being a successful business owner is knowing how to make deals and facilitate conflict when it arises. When in a dispute over a deal or an agreement that has been made, the potential costs are endless. The potential cost of litigation, the potential cost of loss of reputation, the potential cost […]

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Avoid These 5 Common Start-up Legal Mistakes

It seems that everywhere you look, a new start-up is trying to make it big with a game-changing idea. But it’s only the ones that can turn that idea into reality that reach business success. Too many start-ups fail to make the transition from idea to execution or encounter major setbacks along the way. In […]

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How Your Legal and Financial Decisions Can Impact Your Marketing for the Better (or the Worse) In the Eyes of Your Prospective Customers and Clients

Running a small business often means you play a jack-of-all-trades. Whether it’s drafting client contracts or taking inventory, it’s likely you have a hand in all aspects of your business. Marketing is no exception. And knowing how to create an efficient marketing plan for your business can be difficult, especially when you might not be […]

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Is Your Payment and Agreement Process Losing You Money?

If you get paid for a service, collecting payment is the lifeblood of your company. And, yet, if you are like most people, you’ve made it an afterthought. For example, I recently got a request from a client I’ve worked with a few times before to review her client agreement. Upon doing so, what I […]

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Are You Scrambling to Get Prepped For Your Taxes? Here Are Some Tips

While tax day here in the United States is not until April 15, if you own a business and you intend to follow the rules, you’ve already started scrambling. 1099s were due to your independent contractors February 1, and if you are filing an S or C-Corp tax return, it’s due March 15, and then […]

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Hiring? Great! Here’s How to Get Started with Your First Employee

Up until now, you alone have been running your small business. Now you need help. The moment when a small business owner decides to hire his or her first employee is one of triumph. Conversely, knowing how to start the hiring process can be a moment of confusion. If you’re ready to hire your first […]

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Can a Married Employee Name a 401(k) Beneficiary Other than a Spouse?

It can be very difficult for you, as an employer to manage a 401(k) retirement plan for your employees properly. Federal law is replete with mandates, including when employee funds must be remitted and statements made available to employees. One area you may not have considered is how to handle a married employee’s 401(k). Federal […]

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How Do You Apply for Copyright Protection?

Some businesses rely on their ability to create and sell or otherwise leverage their original works. Obtaining a copyright for those works is not just important, it can actually make or break the business by allowing the owner to pursue copyright violations aggressively. Getting a copyright is not difficult. It just takes a little time […]

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