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The Personal Guarantee: 5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Reduce Their Liability

Small businesses make a huge contribution to the U.S. economy. Nevertheless, starting a new business is risky. Lenders view loans to small businesses, particularly start-ups, as among the riskiest they make, particularly when there is little or no credit history or business revenue on which to base their decision. [...]

By |2019-05-07T12:14:57-07:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Contracts|Tags: |0 Comments

Independent Contractor or Employee: It’s Very Easy to Cross the Line

Many businesses prefer to hire independent contractors because there’s often less overhead and fewer expenses (i.e. taxes). However, classify an employee as an independent contractor and you’re in big trouble. Here’s how to legally differentiate between the two. Who Controls the Worker?  This question is not always easy to [...]

By |2019-05-05T20:41:22-07:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Employment, Governments|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why Not Just Go on NoloⓇ and Create Your Own Estate Planning Documents Cheaply?

There are many software programs, and websites, that sell do-it-yourself estate planning documents. These websites and form tools seem to offer a convenient and cost-effective alternative to consulting with an estate planning attorney. But do they really meet your needs and protect your family? Is online, do-it-yourself estate planning [...]

By |2019-05-05T20:55:11-07:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning, Taxes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are your LLC Interests Actually Securities?

Securities law is a complex minefield that terrifies even the most seasoned lawyers. As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure you’re complying with all the securities laws, both federal and state, that may apply to your business. Most people think that only corporate stock [...]

3 Things You Must Do Once Your Divorce Is Final

The divorce process can be long and expensive.  However, the work does not end once the divorce decree is signed. To ensure that your assets and estate planning wishes are carried out, given this major life change, there are three things you must do as soon as possible. Change [...]

By |2019-05-05T19:33:38-07:00May 8th, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning|Tags: , |0 Comments

4 Social Media Mistakes that May Put Your Company’s IP at Risk

Being active on social media is hardly a choice anymore for small to medium sized businesses—it’s a given.  Your customers are there.  Connecting with your target audience in the social web can boost your brand and level the playing field between you and big competitors with larger advertising budgets.  [...]

10 Types of Trusts: A Quick Look

Considering the myriad of trusts available, creating an estate plan that works can seem daunting. However, that’s what we, as estate planning attorneys, do every day. We know the laws and will design a plan which addresses yourspecific situation. Here’s a look at the basics of ten common trusts to [...]

What is the Difference Between an LLC and an LLP?

If you are starting a new business, the business entity you set up will affect the extent of personal liability, how the business is taxed, its management, the level of formality required, and many other factors. There are a lot of options, which can make this decision overwhelming. Limited [...]

Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of Your Business

You’ve worked hard to build your small business. Nothing is more frustrating than negative online reviews, particularly if you feel they are unjustified or have been posted in bad faith. There are several steps you can take to prevent your business’s reputation from being damaged by unfavorable reviews. Respond [...]

By |2019-04-17T14:22:32-07:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Business Planning|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Writing The Business Plan

Operating your business without a business plan is like going to the grocery store hungry and without a list.  You end up with a lot more than you need—a lot more than you even want—in your cart.  And you’ve likely upset your budget for the week.  A few such [...]

By |2019-03-21T16:03:02-07:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Business Planning, Financial|Tags: |0 Comments