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Important Clauses to Review before Signing A Service Agreement

January 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 18th, 2019 - 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

November 20th, 2019 - 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. [...]

How to Form an LLC

November 8th, 2019 - 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. [...]

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

October 10th, 2019 - 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. [...]

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

September 5th, 2019 - 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

August 23rd, 2019 - 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?

August 7th, 2019 - 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. [...]

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

July 10th, 2019 - 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? [...]

How to Get your Debtor to Pay

April 23rd, 2019 - 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

April 12th, 2019 - 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

March 25th, 2019 - 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?

March 25th, 2019 - 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. [...]