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5 Steps to Remove a Shareholder
BY business.com editorial staff

The business.com community regularly asks for advice on removing shareholders from a company. We reached out to expert sources for some insight.

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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
BY Sean Peek

If you are entering a business partnership, it's important to understand the rules of a partnership agreement and how to create one. Here's what you need to know about partnership agreements.

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Will Insurers Cover Business Losses From COVID-19?
BY Dan Rafter

As restrictions start to lift, a big question remains: Will governments and lawsuits force insurance providers to cover businesses' coronavirus-related losses?

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How the FMLA Applies to Your Small Business
BY Skye Schooley

Understand how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to your business and what you need to do to comply with its regulations.

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Business and Product Names: A Guide to Choosing or Changing Them
BY business.com editorial staff

Your business name is more than just a catchy phrase. Here's how to choose the right one.

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Electronic Signatures and the Law: What You Need to Know
BY business.com editorial staff

What are the laws and best practices surrounding e-signature software?

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How to Change Your Business Structure
BY business.com editorial staff

Is your original business structure no longer a good fit for your company? Change it.

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How the Affordable Care Act Applies to Your Business in 2020
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is and how it impacts your business in 2020.

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What Health Insurance Benefits Are You Legally Required to Offer?
BY Joshua Stowers

Is your small business legally required to provide health insurance benefits? Here's what you need to know about offering health benefits to your employees.

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Intellectual Property Infringement: What Real Business Owners Need to Know
BY business.com editorial staff

Your guide to copyrights, patents, trademarks and intellectual property infringement.

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What Are Legal Support Services?
BY business.com editorial staff

Find qualified law support services for your business before you need them.

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How to Help Small Businesses Navigate Copyright Law
BY Andrew Martins

Copyright law makes it tricky for business owners to broadcast music at their stores. Find out how Feed.fm helps SMBs pump out the tunes without landing in hot water.

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3 Legal Challenges for E-Commerce Businesses
BY Derek Walter

Liability, data protection and fraud management can present significant legal challenges.

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Important Things to Do After Your Trademark Is Registered
BY business.com editorial staff

So you've just registered your trademark and taken the first step in protecting your brand. Now what?

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What Every Business Needs to Know About Consumer Data Privacy in 2020
BY Alejandro Uria

If we were to try to categorize all the data privacy trends under one heading, it would most likely be an attempt to better regulate how private information is used.

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How do Lawyers and Accountants keep track of time spent on providing service to a client?
QUESTION | BY Chacko Cherian | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/12/20

As a hardware and software solution provider, we are always looking for problems that we can solve. Lawyers and accountants spend time providing legal and accounting services to their clients...

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Projection Mapping and the Law: What Advertisers Should Know
BY business.com editorial staff

Before your next eye-popping event, know the rules.

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LLC: Why You Need to Create One to Protect Your Assets
BY business.com editorial staff

An LLC may be costly to start, but a lawsuit would cost more.

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Can You Expedite a Trademark Application?
BY business.com editorial staff

Trademark applications can take eight to 12 months to process. Find out how it's possible to get a fast pass on your application.

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Email Etiquette: 5 Ways to Respect Your Customers' Time
BY business.com editorial staff

Following proper etiquette in customer communications will build trust and loyalty.

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I have a business in two states. What do I need to know about operating in multiple states?
QUESTION | BY Russell Knight | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/02/20

I have a law firm in Chicago, Illinois and one in Naples, Florida. Is there anything I need to know? Anything I'm forgetting about operating in multiple states?

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Why Having a Diverse Board Is Good for Business
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Diversity introduces fresh perspectives and challenges old thinking. Learn how to create a diverse board of directors for your business, and find out how it can improve your bottom line.

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What Sole Proprietors Need to Know About Business Licenses
BY business.com editorial staff

If you conduct business, even as a sole proprietor, you have some municipal rules.

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Naming a Product: What You Need to Know
BY business.com editorial staff

Product names can make or break sales. Here's how to choose the right one.

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Intellectual Property Essentials
BY business.com editorial staff

Aggressive intellectual property protection allows a business to protect hard work.

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Federal Wage Garnishment Rules and Procedures
BY business.com editorial staff

What to do if you need to garnish an employee's wages

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How to Dissolve a Partnership Agreement
BY Julianna Lopez

Dissolving a partnership agreement isn't always easy. Here's how to end your partnership amicably.

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What to Do if ICE Serves Your Business With a Form I-9 Audit
BY Sammi Caramela

Make sure you're prepared should Immigration and Customs Enforcement come knocking.

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How to Apply for a Copyright Online
BY Julianna Lopez

Applying for a copyright online makes protecting your intellectual property easier than ever. Here's how to apply for a copyright online.

Advice
Can a U.S. citizen create a start-up in India?
QUESTION | BY John BaRoss | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/24/20

As a U.S. citizen (currently with a valid Visa for business travel to India), am I allowed (per India's law) to establish a start-up business (i.e.: Consulting) based in India (on my own vs. with a...