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Anyone can build a business; only a select few business can become a brand. When you’re building a brand, everything changes. A trademark protects your brand- not only does it ensure that your brand's name, logo, or slogan can't be used elsewhere- it's the only way to ensure that your business' name can live on in perpetuity.
Typically, the most premier brands are the ones that are infringed upon at the end of the day, and registering your trademark before infringers have the chance to act is key to protection.
The trademark process is lengthy; which means that its better to act sooner than later (I advise most clients that the process will take approximately 9 months). If you're unsure whether or not this step is right for you at this time- check out the due diligence option below, which is not only a step every business must perform, but our firm offers as a "first step" to see if obtaining a trademark is appropriate for you.
Our extensive due diligence search provides a comprehensive search of your business name throughout the United States, so that you know whether or not your proposed (or current) name can be used. This is the first of three steps of our trademark process, which means that if you are thinking about filing a trademark, this is a head start; and if you are about to invest capital on branding/rebranding/creating a new logo, you will need to run this type of search prior to beginning. It's integral that you ensure that there is no chance of “likelihood of confusion” with another brand, which typically end up with an exchange of not-so-fun cease and desist letters at best; a forced rebrand at worst. Before you invest in branding or creating a business, you start with a due diligence search- as my dad always said, measure twice, cut once
There's quite the difference between filing papers with the Secretary of State, and creating an enduring business. The former, you can generally do on your own; the latter you need to make sure you are handling correctly.
The first step of forming a true business is ensuring that you have the right corporate formation, which evolves over times. From LLCs to S-Corps, C-Corps to 501(c)(3) filings, we're happy to discuss what would be best for your business at this time.
Like a seatbelt in a car, there’s one aspect that seems to rudimentary in that it's so fundamental, it often goes overlooked: you must be able to sell your products without putting your business at risk; you must be able to provide your services without subjecting your business to liability.
The only way to do this? Ensure that every product sale; every client project, every hire is covered by a legally sound contract, so that your business can continue to grow without subjecting itself to further liability at the same time.
Many of my contracts (specifically those for creative entrepreneurs) have been converted into immediately downloadable templates at shopcreativelaw.com.
For custom contract products, inquire with our firm.
It seems like such an uncouth sentiment, yet it’s true: The most certain thing you can count on in life is that death will inevitably follow. And during life, it’s impossible to predict the unknowns. Despite knowing this, most business owners neglect this most important, most inevitable tenet.
Planning for the future is more than just your estate- it's your business’ succession plan, executing restructuring when necessary. It’s about creating a legacy. After all, no one starts a business today for it to be gone tomorrow.
The only way you can create a legacy is to make practical, actionable decisions to do so; and the only way to turn your business into a legacy is with a plan.
To book an estate-planning meeting, inquire at 918-664-6511