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Business and Product Names: A Guide to Choosing or Changing Them
By business.com editorial staff | June 16, 2020

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 | June 15, 2020

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 | June 15, 2020

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 | June 08, 2020

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

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Intellectual Property Infringement: What Real Business Owners Need to Know
By business.com editorial staff | June 01, 2020

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

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What Are Legal Support Services?
By business.com editorial staff | April 30, 2020

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 | April 30, 2020

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 | April 29, 2020

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 | April 27, 2020

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

Article
What Every Business Needs to Know About Consumer Data Privacy in 2020
By Alejandro Uria | April 27, 2020

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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Projection Mapping and the Law: What Advertisers Should Know
By business.com editorial staff | April 10, 2020

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

Article
LLC: Why You Need to Create One to Protect Your Assets
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

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

Article
Can You Expedite a Trademark Application?
By business.com editorial staff | April 08, 2020

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 | April 06, 2020

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

Advice
I have a business in two states. What do I need to know about operating in multiple states?
By Russell Knight | 3 Answers | Last Activity on April 02, 2020

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 | April 02, 2020

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 | April 01, 2020

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

Article
Naming a Product: What You Need to Know
By business.com editorial staff | March 31, 2020

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

Article
Intellectual Property Essentials
By business.com editorial staff | March 31, 2020

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

Article
Federal Wage Garnishment Rules and Procedures
By business.com editorial staff | March 11, 2020

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

Article
How to Dissolve a Partnership Agreement
By Julianna Lopez | March 11, 2020

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

Article
What to Do if ICE Serves Your Business With a Form I-9 Audit
By Sammi Caramela | March 10, 2020

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

Article
How to Apply for a Copyright Online
By Julianna Lopez | February 28, 2020

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?
By John BaRoss | 10 Answers | Last Activity on February 24, 2020

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...

Article
How to Preserve Evidence of Internet Defamation
By Aaron Minc | January 06, 2020

Anyone and everyone is vulnerable to potentially defamatory online statements and attacks.

Advice
What legal actions should I take against my ex business partner?
By Kimberly Roman | 3 Answers | Last Activity on December 25, 2019

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 | December 19, 2019

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 | December 15, 2019

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 | November 29, 2019

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

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HR Compliance Challenges Small Businesses Face Today
By Dennis O’Keefe | November 18, 2019

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