Category Archives: Business Law

Signing Under Duress: When Does it Render a Contract Void?

By | February 17, 2012

Many of us have grown up believing in the general infallibility of the written contract. And while the written contract does indeed hold a tremendous degree of legal clout, it’s not always the end-all, be-all solution for every court case. In fact, some contracts are considered void in special circumstances, such as when a person is believed to… Read More »

How To Defend Your Small Business from Liability

By | February 8, 2012

In today’s justice system, “liability” is one of the most important concepts to understand. If you ignore liability, you can find yourself on the wrong end of a highly contentious lawsuit – or you may miss out on damages that you’re owed simply because you didn’t think about liability.

Avoid These Common Business Law Mistakes as You Build Your Business

By | September 2, 2011

In business, there’s no escaping this simple fact: we operate in a world of laws. In many cases, we might not agree with these laws, as excessive and wasteful regulations hamper the progress of innovation. But many of these laws work to our advantage, and there are good reasons they’re kept in place. These are the kinds of… Read More »

Five Corporate Contracts You Should Never Be Without

By | August 23, 2011

Want to know a quick way to sink your business? It’s easy: stop putting everything in writing. Rent an office from someone who doesn’t “do” lease agreements. Pay your taxes with as little information from tax forms as possible. Operate your business like an LLC, but don’t actually register as an LLC. That should put you under pretty… Read More »

What You Need to Know Before Lending Money to a Family Member

By | July 27, 2011

To some people, family and money are like oil and water – they just don’t mix. And yet oddly there’s no good way to separate family from money. We send our kids to school, buy each other Christmas gifts, feed each other, and ultimately share our lives and finances with each other. That is the kind of reasoning… Read More »

How to Exit a Business Partnership Gracefully

By | June 3, 2011

In an ideal world, every business partnership we enter would be a ticket to earning money. Everyone would enjoy each other’s company, everyone would contribute work toward the common good, and we would spend weekends at the yacht club sipping mojito’s.

Commercial Use Requirements for Filing a Trademark

By | January 21, 2011

An important requirement when filing your federal trademark is showing that you are “commercial using” the mark you want to register. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proof of “use” so that people do not attempt to register marks to just “reserve” them. 1.  How to prove “use” of a trademark. If you are filing a… Read More »

Credit: Credit Score, Identity Theft and Credit Report

By | December 14, 2010

Your Credit Score There’s a lot of hype these days regarding knowing your score and identity fraud, like the catchy commercial to get your “free credit score” by signing up for a credit monitoring service.  Do your wallet a favor and don’t. Most of your credit is made up of:  what types of credit (for example, mortgages, car… Read More »

Credit Card Debt

By | December 14, 2010

When you get into trouble, document the reasons for your hardship and sent your creditor a certified letter.  Make sure you tell them that they are not to call your place of work as your employer does not allow you to take personal calls.  Tell them not to call your relatives, friends or neighbors.  They want money which… Read More »

Legally Protected Leaves Of Absence: Are You Eligible?

By | November 19, 2010

The law mandates that employers give employees time-off from work for medical reasons under specific circumstances.  However, each employee’s specific rights will depend largely on the state he or she works in and the size of the employer.  This article briefly describes the various types of medical leaves of absence employees may be entitled to. The Major Federal… Read More »