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As a business owner, you know that the first element of your business framework is liability protection and choosing the right entity…but all too often, I talk to business owners who think that just forming their LLC is enough, and they don’t need to follow through with the next steps. All too often, business owners […]

PIERCING THE CORPORATE VEIL: HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR LLC’S LIMITED LIABILITY STATUS

Feb 18

Formations

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As a startup, one of the earliest (and most important) questions you’ll be faced with is when it’s time to move forward from being just a sole proprietor, to a formal business structure, such as an LLC. WHAT IS AN LLC? A limited liability company (LLC) is a business entity that provides enhanced liability protection […]

What Is An LLC And When Do You Need One?

Feb 18

Formations

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This article is derived from Provident CPA’s, a tax advising firm that we recommend to all of our clients. The structure of a business can make a big difference not just when it comes to tax time, but to your business’ liability protection as well. How can you best shape your enterprise for optimum liability […]

ARE YOU FORMING A BUSINESS? THINKING OF SWITCHING YOUR STRUCTURE? THERE ARE PROS AND CONS TO EACH OPTION, SO UNDERSTAND WHICH WILL HELP YOU MEET YOUR LIABILITY GOALS AND PAY LESS TAX.

Feb 15

Formations

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how to legally write a book

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There is nothing easy about the process of writing a book, which means, every step of the process should be conducted carefully.   Generally speaking, when you’re in the beginning phases of writing a book (in other words, you have an idea in mind, or perhaps have even begun speaking to various publishers), there are simple […]

Writing a book? Here are the first legal considerations you should know about.

Feb 12

Intellectual Property

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A recent case is making headlines, and every business owner using their own name in business needs to keep an eye on the outcome. Wedding dress designer Hayley Paige Gutman recently revealed that she is in the midst of a contentious legal battle with her former employer, JLM Couture. While there is quite a bit […]

Can A Company Own A Person’s Name? A Case Study On Hayley Paige

Feb 3

Intellectual Property

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Practicing law exclusively for business owners can naturally put me in quite a unique position when it comes to spotting business trends, as you can imagine; particularly as the world endures an economic-crushing pandemic. After all, when clients work with my law firm, it is primarily in one of three ways:  To start a new […]

A Forecast of 2021 Business Trends (A Legal Perspective)

Feb 2

Intellectual Property

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In Part I, we briefly covered what you must do to protect a trademark. In short, you don’t own your brand until you trademark it. Obtaining your federal trademark is the (critical) first step of that process; however, you must continue with maintaining your trademark to ensure that you retain those rights. This includes both […]

Necessary Steps To Hold Onto Your Trademark (Client Case Study On Policing Your Trademark)

Dec 7

Intellectual Property

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Many business owners that I work with all too easily fall into the same trap: they work countless hours to tirelessly work to build their brand. They know they must protect it, so they take the responsible route, and obtain a federal trademark registration. After what is usually a long year of waiting, the registration […]

A Trademark, If You Can Keep It

Dec 4

Intellectual Property

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Or what I really want to title this article: how to take strategic advantage of business opportunities by leveraging legal options. This is a long-awaited announcement: I have brought on a business partner in my second business, The Creative Law Shop®. And I couldn’t be more thrilled by this transition. The backstory can be found […]

7 Considerations When Adding A Business Partner

Nov 20

Formations

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In our digital world, most businesses cross international lines (knowingly or unknowingly). After all, you can’t control who can view your online content, no matter what country they’re in. Because of this fact, if your business is marketing online in any capacity, and you have customers or clients in other countries, you must assess whether […]

Considerations When Registering a Foreign Trademark in the United States: §44(d) vs. §44(e)

Nov 17

Intellectual Property

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