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8 Advantages of Federally Registering Your Trademark

Given that intellectual property (IP) can make up a significant portion—sometimes up to 90%—of the total value of today’s companies, it’s essential that you do everything you can to protect these intangible assets. And one of the first IP elements you’ll want to protect are your company’s brand name and logo. To safeguard these brand […]

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Choosing the Right Lawyer to Handle Your First Lawsuit or Business Conflict

In my previous article, I gave you some ways in which you can prepare yourself and your business when served with a lawsuit. I mentioned one thing in particular that could mean all the difference in dealing with this scary scenario—finding the right lawyer to help you resolve the conflict, or litigate on your behalf, […]

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Facing Your First Lawsuit? Here Are the Steps You Need To Get You Through

Facing your first lawsuit as a business owner can throw you into emotional turmoil and fear, understandably. Suddenly you are faced with extraordinary costs and uncertainty. Even worse, the lawsuit may be reflecting back to you your greatest fears about yourself, and perhaps even about the work you do. But a lawsuit doesn’t have to […]

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4 Legal Mistakes That Can Doom Your Startup

During the startup phase, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the massive amount of work it takes to get your operation up and running. You’re so focused on the daily tasks needed to keep your doors open, it can be easy to put off administrative duties that aren’t aimed at bringing in revenue or attracting […]

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5 Best Practices For Complying With Your LLC’s Administrative Formalities

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are a popular business entity with many entrepreneurs. Like corporations, LLCs offer valuable personal liability protection for their owners. Unlike corporations, however, LLCs aren’t required to adhere to the same burdensome record-keeping requirements and other corporate formalities corporations must follow. That said, while the administrative requirements for an LLC are far […]

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Frequently Asked Questions About Small-Claims Court

When running a business, it’s practically inevitable to experience minor disputes of one kind or another. Whether it’s a customer who refuses to pay their bill, a vendor who doesn’t deliver the goods you’ve ordered, or a contractor who fails to meet the terms of their agreement, such conflicts are a simple fact of doing […]

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Questions and Answers About Cyber Insurance

You’ve undoubtedly heard news stories about big companies like Target and Equifax having their computer networks breached and their customer data stolen. Depending on the nature and severity of the breach, these companies can face massive lawsuits, hefty fines, and see their reputations negatively impacted by the resulting media fallout. To guard against cyber threats, […]

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Company’s Corporate Veil is Never Pierced

Setting up your business as a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) is a crucial way to protect your personal assets from debts and other liabilities incurred by your business. The ability of a corporate entity, such as an S Corp or LLC, to separate and safeguard your personal assets is often referred to as […]

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Avoid the Time and Expense of Litigation Using Arbitration

Going to court to settle a dispute is something most people want to avoid, especially business owners. Even if you end up winning your case, litigation is time consuming, costly, and almost never good for your brand. Yet, whether it’s with an employee, client, vendor, or some other entity, disputes are practically inevitable for all […]

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Avoid These 3 Frequent Causes of Small Business Lawsuits

It’s challenging enough to run a successful business without having to worry about getting sued. But in today’s highly litigious society, lawsuits are all-too-common, and you should take every necessary precaution to protect your company from unnecessary litigation. One of the worst aspects of lawsuits is that even if you win, you’re still on the […]

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DOL Says Gig Workers Are Contractors, Not Employees

This week the Department of Labor issued an opinion letter signaling that it’s siding with business owners when it comes to determining whether gig workers like Uber drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. The DOL letter concluded these workers are contractors, not employees, and as such, they’re not entitled to federal protections […]

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