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Important Clauses to Review before Signing A Service Agreement

December 16th, 2020 - Category: Commercial Activity

If you are a service provider who has many different clients, it's likely you've signed a Service Agreement before. If you are an individual or have a small business without permanent employees, you may hire service providers a lot. [...]

When do I Need a Model Release Form?

December 16th, 2020 - Category: Intellectual Property and New Technologies

If you are a photographer or videographer who has used other people in your work, chances are you've heard of a Model Release Form. If you are a new artist, you may know that you require specific documentation from the individuals you use in your work, but aren't sure exactly what that documentation is supposed to be. [...]

How to Legally Protect yourself when Hiring Service Providers

December 16th, 2020 - Category: Commercial Activity

At some point in our lives, we will all hire a service provider. In fact, you may already have hired a service provider without really thinking about it. [...]

Renting an Apartment with Roommates

December 16th, 2020 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

Living with roommates can be a truly amazing experience. If you live in a big city like New York, or Los Angeles, or Chicago, sometimes your roommates become your family. [...]

How to Form an LLC

December 16th, 2020 - Category: Business Structure

Starting a business is very exciting. Most people that start businesses have had their ideas for their company in their heads for a long time. [...]

Can I Compete with my Former Employer?

December 15th, 2020 - Category: Work and Employment

These days, it's not very common to start at one job in your teens and twenties and then stay there for life. Although generations prior might have done that, today's workers are more likely to move between workplaces, either to continue to progress their career or simply because they want different things. [...]

Is it Better to Lease or Buy a Car?

October 31st, 2020 - Category: Daily Life

Is it better to buy or lease a car? These days, with so many options, it can be hard to know what the best choice is for you. [...]

What is the Enforceability of Non-Competes in my State?

October 31st, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

These days, if you work for a private employer, especially one that might be running an internet business (as so many of us are), you might have been asked to sign a Non-Compete Agreement. It's become so commonplace and easy for people to steal intellectual property and client/customer information from others that most savvy business owners with information to protect have started to ask employees and potential employees to sign Non-Competes. [...]

How to Protect your Business Secrets

October 30th, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

Starting and operating a business can be one of the most fulfilling things on earth! Especially when you may have been building towards owning your own business for a long time, finally getting to do so is often very rewarding. [...]

What's the Difference Between a Non-Compete Agreement and a Non-Disclosure Agreement?

October 30th, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

Among business owners, there is often some confusion as to the difference between Non-Compete Agreements (often just called "Non-Competes") and Non-Disclosure Agreements (often just called "NDAs"). Although these two documents can both be essential for a business, they are quite different. [...]

Why a Roommate Agreement is a Good Idea

October 30th, 2020 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

A Roommate Agreement may seem like a significant formality for something that usually isn't that formal - after all, people live together all the time without having a written agreement between them. Especially for those individuals who shy away from lawyers and legal documents, a Roommate Agreement can seem not only unnecessary but also like it's a big hassle. [...]

Important Considerations before Asking an Employee to Sign a Non-Compete Agreement

October 30th, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

It's become quite common for employers to ask their employees to sign Non-Compete Agreements, especially in the age of the internet where information travels quickly and jobs may only last a few weeks to months. A question for employers to consider, however, is the following: are all of these Non-Compete Agreements enforceable and effective? [...]

Steps to Protect yourself when Selling a Car

October 29th, 2020 - Category: Daily Life

Many people that decide to sell their vehicle focus on one thing: the asking price! Often, vehicles are sold so that we can buy new ones or to make a little extra cash on a car that is no longer being used. [...]

How to Sell your Car

October 29th, 2020 - Category: Daily Life

Selling a car can be both a really fun thing to do and also a really stressful thing to do. Although most of us sell our old cars when we're ready to purchase or lease a new one, it can be a lot of work to prepare everything needed for the sale and find a good buyer. [...]

In a Lease Agreement, who has the Duty to Maintain and Repair?

October 29th, 2020 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

If you're leasing a property and something goes wrong, who has the duty to fix it? In general, who has a duty to maintain the premises in good condition? [...]

What should you do if your Tenant is not Paying Rent?

October 29th, 2020 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

As a landlord, one situation you never want to find yourself in is chasing down your tenants for rent. Many landlords rely on their rent payments as a form of income, so when a tenant falls behind on their payments or refuses to pay, it can be a real headache. [...]

How to Get your Debtor to Pay

October 28th, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

Having a debtor that refuses to pay isn't just a headache: it can be a major financial loss, especially for a creditor with multiple loans out. Being a "creditor" doesn't have to mean that you are a big business that's constantly giving out money, it can be as simple as being the type of person who loans friends and family money for items that they may need. [...]

How to Transfer Business Ownership

October 27th, 2020 - Category: Business Structure

Owning, or being part of, a business can be great. Having a piece of the pie in any successful business, whether that means full ownership or just owning some interest, can be very financially rewarding. [...]

How to Choose the Best Legal Structure for your Business

October 27th, 2020 - Category: Business Structure

Deciding on a specific type of legal structure when you've just started your business journey can be complicated. It's hard to know exactly what the differences are, how the different structures can benefit you, and what any risks might be. [...]

What's the Difference Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor?

October 27th, 2020 - Category: Human Resources and Employment Law

Work culture in the United States has been rapidly changing over the past several years. Because of this, many companies are choosing to create a workforce based on what works for them, rather than the traditional model of employment. [...]

Important Considerations for your Employment Agreement

October 19th, 2020 - Category: Employment Contracts

Employment Agreements are common these days, especially for salaried, high-level roles. Often, there are too many specific terms that need to be included to utilize just an offer letter without other written documentation. [...]

How to Sell your Business

August 13th, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

Selling a business can be an exciting prospect - especially if you are selling it because it is worth more than when you started it! Many people also sell businesses because they are moving on to newer, bigger projects. [...]

Leasing a Commercial Space: Find the Best Fit for your Business

August 11th, 2020 - Category: Commercial Real Estate

For most business owners, at some point during the life of their business, they will probably find it necessary to evaluate the terms and conditions of a Commercial Lease while trying to secure a space from which they can operate the business. Commercial leases are much more subject to negotiation and pitfalls than residential leases, which are more tightly regulated in most states. [...]

Will Writing 101: Essential Facts and Features in a Valid Will

August 11th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

A last will and testament, otherwise known simply as a will, is a way to dictate how your property and affairs will be handled after you die. All wills are different and what you include in your will depends on what property you have, whom you want it to go to, the dynamics of your family and friends, and many other factors unique to your particular situation. [...]

When, why, and how to Review, Revoke, or Change a Will

July 6th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Once a Last Will and Testament is made, it is good until you die, change it, or revoke it. If you make a will today and die fifty years from now without making any changes to it, the property will be distributed according to the will you made a half-century earlier. [...]

Where there's a Will, there's a Way: Exploring the Importance of Estate Planning

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Estate planning is usually thought of as a luxury reserved for the very wealthy with lots of resources to give away. However, estate planning can be beneficial for most people. [...]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Necessary Documents when Traveling with a Child

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Daily Life

Traveling with children, whether for winter or summer vacations, school or church field trips, visiting grandparents or other relatives for a long weekend, or going with a choir or band to perform, can be a great experience for kids and families. Children traveling abroad continues to become more common as we embrace living in a global community with myriad cultures and opportunities for learning. [...]

Who Gets the Kids: Creating and Modifying Child Custody Agreements

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Even for parents who are no longer married or romantically involved, child custody and visitation are complicated issues only if both parents want custody of the children. If the parents can agree on who gets custody, the judge will almost always accept their decision without second-guessing it. [...]

Child Support: how to Establish it and how to Enforce it

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

All parents are required to support their children, either by maintaining custody or paying support to the parent who does have custody. Child support is a monthly allowance that is paid from one parent to the other to help cover the child's expenses. [...]

Tackling Tricky Topics: the Ins and Outs of Prenuptial Agreements

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

A Prenuptial Agreement, commonly known as a "prenup," is an agreement entered into before marriage that sets out what happens to assets and liabilities and lays out any spousal support obligations or waivers if a couple divorces or one of the parties dies. Marriage laws stipulate certain defaults upon death or divorce, but a prenup is an easy way to modify those defaults. [...]

How to Handle Kids in a Divorce

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

There are two parts to every divorce. The first part is the termination of the marital relationship itself by a court decree. [...]

How to Get Divorced

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

There are two parts to every divorce. The first part is the termination of the marital relationship itself by a court decree. [...]

Tenants and Subtenants Obligations under a Sublease Agreement

June 17th, 2020 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

From finding a new job in another state to returning home to care for a sick family member to taking the big step of moving in with a new partner, many people find themselves in a situation where they need to cancel their existing lease so they can move somewhere else. Unfortunately, many landlords are reluctant to cancel existing leases, since that puts them in the position of potentially losing money while they look for a new tenant to fill the space. [...]

What should you do if Someone is Infringing on your Intellectual Property?

June 16th, 2020 - Category: Intellectual Property and New Technologies

Intellectual property, or "IP," is everywhere you look. In fact, these days, much of a business's worth is in its intellectual property. [...]

A Complete Guide to Non-Disclosure Agreements

June 3rd, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (which is also sometimes known as a Confidentiality Agreement) is an absolute necessity in many business relationships. In fact, it is one of the key protective measures you can take when entering into new business relationships, especially when you have valuable information you'd like to protect. [...]

How to Sell your Percentage in an LLC

June 2nd, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

A limited liability company, or LLC, is an attractive form of business for many individuals and small companies. This is because a limited liability company allows for the possibility of rapid growth, while ensuring the owners of the LLC remain protected from personal liability. [...]

Coronavirus Benefits for Independent Contractors

May 22nd, 2020 - Category: Taxes and Finance

Recent years have seen the rise of the independent contractor, also known as a freelancer or gig worker, in the American workforce. Contractors perform all kinds of jobs, from driving for rideshare services, to shopping for and delivering groceries, to performing advanced graphic design. [...]

What are Articles of Organization for an LLC?

May 19th, 2020 - Category: Business Structure

If you are new to owning your own business, you may be feeling lost about all of the different legal requirements you need to meet. If you've never worked in a small business, or never been exposed to the information you might need to open your own business, it can be challenging to figure out what's what. [...]

What is the Difference Between Articles of Organization for an LLC and an LLC Operating Agreement?

May 15th, 2020 - Category: Business Structure

Starting a small business can be one of the best things you can do for your life and your career. Often, starting a business is incredibly fulfilling because you get to call all the shots. [...]

What is the Difference Between a Promissory Note and Loan Agreement?

May 14th, 2020 - Category: Commercial Activity

It's likely you've made or received a loan at some point in your life. Even if you've never signed a formal document stating as much, you have probably granted a friend or family member's request to let them borrow a few bucks. [...]

Taking Time to Recover: Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

May 4th, 2020 - Category: Leave Requests

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), provides important rights to employees who need to take time off from work in order to attend to personal or family needs, also known as family or medical leave. In addition to federal FMLA, many states have enacted their own family and medical leave laws, which cover more workers or provide better benefits than existing federal laws. [...]

Should I Use a Promissory Note for a Friendly Loan?

May 1st, 2020 - Category: Daily Life

Imagine the following scenario: a friend or family member has asked you for money to buy a car, make their rent payment, or help pay an overdue bill. You're okay with providing the loan, but you aren't sure if you need a formal document. [...]

What does the New CARES Act Mean for most Americans?

April 22nd, 2020 - Category: General Business Documents

As the novel coronavirus continues to hit the U.S. [...]

What does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Mean for Employers and Entrepreneurs?

April 10th, 2020 - Category: Human Resources and Employment Law

As a business owner or entrepreneur, you may be wondering how the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, will impact you. The world is in a period of great uncertainty, and many people are worried about both their health and their economic stability. [...]

State by State Grandparents Guide to Custody and Visitation

February 28th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Most grandparents cherish the time they are able to spend with their grandchildren and find the building and maintaining of those relationships vitally important. In nearly all 50 states, grandparents have certain rights concerning seeking custody or visitation with their grandchild when circumstances otherwise get in the way. [...]

The Grandparent's Guide to Custody and Visitation

February 24th, 2020 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Children often form close emotional bonds with their grandparents. Families can experience rifts and divisions for many different reasons such as divorce, the death of a parent, addiction issues, or incarceration. [...]

How a Landlord Can Evict a Tenant

December 11th, 2019 - Category: Housing and Real Estate

Evictions can be a convoluted and complicated process as there are many misconceptions about what the landlord can and cannot do related to this process. An eviction must always start with the landlord giving the tenant an eviction notice. [...]

Cataloguing Custody: Forms of Custody Arrangements and how to Use them

December 10th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Issues surrounding children can often be the most contentious and difficult to resolve during the process of divorce or separation. When parents separate or divorce, the term "custody" serves as shorthand for "who lives with and cares for the children" under the divorce agreement or child custody agreement. [...]

Creating a Child Travel Consent Form

November 14th, 2019 - Category: Daily Life

A child travel consent form is an important document used when a child is traveling alone, with only one parent/legal guardian, or with an authorized group to show any authorities or other interested parties that the child is traveling with the consent of their parents. The letter acts as an explanation and proof to any border officials, law enforcement, or other authorities who may be concerned that the parent or guardian not present with the traveling child is aware of the situation and consents to the child's travel without them. [...]

Last Wills vs. Living Wills

November 8th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Although they are both essential estate documents with similar names, last wills and living wills serve entirely different purposes. As such, it's important to think of these documents as two distinct parts of a comprehensive estate plan. [...]

Estate Planning 101: Estate Documents Necessary for a Comprehensive Estate Plan

October 17th, 2019 - Category: Marriage, Divorce and Family

Many people feel intimidated when confronted with the task of planning for their future by creating an estate plan. However, having an up to date estate plan is one of the most loving things a person can do for their family. [...]