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What legal actions should I take against my ex business partner?
QUESTION | BY Kimberly Roman | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/25/19

I own an e-commerce company which is solely registered under my name. I had an oral business partnership agreement with a partner, which was my former boss. We became close friends and he decided he...

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How to Choose an Attorney Answering Service
BY Adam Uzialko

Here's what to look for when choosing an answering service for a legal practice.

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How to Build a Business in the Legal Gray Zone
BY Chris Porteous

Industries like cannabis are taking off, but how difficult is it to start a business in a legally gray area like this? Here's how to start.

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Surviving Open Enrollment: A Four-Step Health Insurance Guide for Small Businesses
BY Jason Hargraves

Open enrollment is a time of year when employees can choose, drop or change their employer-sponsored health care coverage.

Article
HR Compliance Challenges Small Businesses Face Today
BY Dennis O’Keefe

HR regulations are always evolving, and businesses need to monitor them to stay compliant.

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SBA Loan Default: A Complete Guide for 2020 and Beyond
BY Jason Milleisen

Here's comprehensive guide to all your questions about SBA loan default, forgiveness and the SBA Offer In Compromise.

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Article
How to Quickly and Easily Make Your Website GDPR Compliant (And Why You Should Immediately)
BY Jared Atchison

Find out how you can easily implement GDPR policies to your website to make it compliant. This article breaks down the basics of the GDPR act, why you should implement it and how to make several...

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The Benefits of B-Corporations and the Simple Steps to Achieve Certification
BY Anthony Gold

B-corporations are good for employees and customers, and good for the world. It's a commitment to creating a positive impact with lasting results.

Advice
Are trademarks worth the time and money?
QUESTION | BY Barbara Ciosek | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/22/19

I know they are not too expensive, but is getting an official Trademark really worth it or do you have sufficient rights by simply using a name or mark?

Article
From Wine to Winning: A True Story of Standing Up to Litigation Bullies
BY Regan Kelaher

Regan Kelaher has learned a lot in the last two years, and she is sharing the lessons she learned from a legal nightmare.

Article
Can You Patent or Trademark Your Original Recipes?
BY Mona Bushnell

You definitely need to keep your restaurant's recipes secret. Here's how.

Article
How to Create an Accessible E-Commerce Website
BY Nathan Resnick

Learn how you can make your e-commerce website accessible for consumers with disabilities.

Article
The Best States for Starting a Business in 2019
BY Travis Crabtree

Here are four states where you should consider starting a business.

Article
What Is Cyber Insurance?
BY Andrew Rinaldi

Here's what small business owners need to know about cyber liability insurance.

Article
What Is the Paycheck Fairness Act and How Will it Affect Your Small Business?
BY Katharine Paljug

The Paycheck Fairness Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Article
Why Every Startup Needs Workers’ Comp Insurance
BY Chris Porteous

You may be surprised, but every single state requires businesses to have workers' comp.

Article
The Small Business Owner's Guide to Insurance Coverage
BY Jason Hargraves

Learn which types of insurance you need to protect your business from damage or liability

Article
How to Fire a Partner or Co-Founder
BY Matt D'Angelo

Firing someone you founded your business with is difficult.

Article
The First Step of Selling Your Closely-Held Business
BY Stephen Albert

Selling a business requires a team of experts.

Article
Preparing for the Worst: How to Make Sure You're Ready for Unforeseen Bumps in the Road
BY Evyatar Sagie

It is critical you are prepared to handle any issues that come your way.

Article
Small Business Structure Drives Debt Responsibility in Partnerships
BY Matt D'Angelo

The Business.com community asked what happens with outstanding debt and former business partners. Depending on your business's structure, former partners could be on the hook for unpaid debts.

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From Collections to Repossession: A Timeline of Debt
BY Kiely Kuligowski

What happens to your debt once it goes to collections?

Article
Protect Yourself: LegalZoom Lawyer Discusses How to Shield Your Business From Potential Lawsuits
BY Chad Brooks

Legal compliance in HR issues should be a top priority for every business.

Article
When to Upgrade Your Business Structure
BY Lori Fairbanks

Taxes too high? Worry about liability? It may be time to upgrade your business structure.

Article
How to Get a License for Your Construction Company
BY Evyatar Sagie

Avoid fines by making sure you have the proper licenses and permits in place.

Article
The Tax Man Cometh: New State, Federal Laws Usher in Changes for Amazon FBA International Sellers
BY Joshua Ashman Ephraim Moss

New state and federal laws hold significant changes for Amazon FBA international sellers.

Article
Drinking on the Job: Small Business Guide to Creating an Office Policy
BY Paula Fernandes

Serving alcohol in the office can be a nice perk, but there's a lot to consider first.

Article
The 6 Most Common Legal Mistakes Made by Newbie Entrepreneurs
BY Lee Drizin

Legal mistakes are costly, but some can be devastating for your business.

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The 10 Biggest Litigation Mistakes Companies Make
BY Joseph Saltiel

Should your business find itself in legal trouble, avoid these pitfalls.

Best Pick
Guide to Online Legal Forms
BY Kayla Harrison

Considering an online legal form service? Our buying guide explains what to look for and how to choose the best online legal form service for your needs.