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Organizational Structures for Socially Conscious Companies

Social consciousness at the corporate level has become an increasingly more important point of differentiation for many companies, and some companies today exist primarily to fill a social purpose.  So what is the best business structure for these companies?  There are several from which to choose: Benefit Corporations.  Seven states, including California, allow for Benefit […]

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How to Conduct the Perfect Interview

Savvy business owners know that there are few legal landmines they need to side-step when interviewing candidates for a job.  Sometimes, though, even the best get caught with their proverbial foot in the mouth by asking a question that to them seems innocent enough but could land the company in legal hot water. Here are […]

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7 Myths About Choosing a Business Entity

New business owners must weigh the pros and cons of the choices they make when it comes to choosing the right business entity for a new enterprise; Entrepreneur recently posted 7 myths that could get in the way of selecting the best business entity: An LLC saves taxes.  The Limited Liability Company (LLC) is designed […]

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Litigation Over Noncompete Agreements Up 61%

According to the Wall Street Journal, litigation over noncompete agreements has risen 61%in the past decade – a number that may be low considering most cases are settled out of court and not reported. Long considered the standard for senior management employment contracts, noncompetes are becoming increasingly common at all levels of employment as a […]

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Starting a Business? Plan for Your Own Success

According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, approximately 300 of every 100,000 U.S. adults started a business in 2012.   The Index found that over 514,000 new firms were started every month in 2012 – but how many will succeed? Of course, in business –as in life – there are no guarantees.  According to the […]

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When Do You Need to Be Considering Your Business Agreements?

If you are running your own business and not looking at agreements regularly, it’s likely you are overlooking an important piece of your business and taking unnecessary risks.  The truth is that you do not need to have written agreements to have a valid agreement, but it sure does help when there is a dispute […]

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Protecting Your Business From Personal Legal Liabilities

Most small business owners are aware of the importance of protecting their personal assets from business liabilities.  However, the reverse is just as necessary – protecting your business assets from personal legal troubles. For example, if you are at fault in a serious auto accident that injures someone and you own a business, the assets […]

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The 4 Fatal Legal Mistakes Family Businesses Can Avoid With Planning

Anyone involved in a family business knows that working with family has its pleasures and its pitfalls –incurring these legal pitfalls can prove deadly to your family business, so here’s how to fix them: Mixing family & business finances. Unfortunately, we live in a litigious society, so as soon as your family business is up […]

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The Family Business: Avoid These 4 Lethal Legal Mistakes

If you operate a family-owned business, or are considering starting one up, there are four potentially lethal legal mistakes you should take care to avoid, including: No employment agreements.  Family members who work together are usually hesitant to confront one another if someone isn’t pulling their weight.  Having an employment agreement for everyone ensures that […]

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3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

Your ideas aren’t worth anything if you don’t get them out there into the world. I come across a lot of entrepreneurs who are afraid that if they talk about their idea, it’ll get stolen and so they keep it under wraps and don’t capitalize on it. Here are three legal tools you can use […]

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A Legal Checklist for Starting Your Own Business

Whether you are already a small business owner or the entrepreneurial spirit has grabbed you by the collar and you plan to get your startup off the ground this year, there are certain legal aspects to operating a small business that you just can’t ignore (and we know you want to). Ignoring the legalities of […]

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