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Advice
I have been offered profit share in a business in exchange for my expertise ? How much should I ask for?
QUESTION | BY Paul Maplesden | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/26/16

Hi there, I?m in need of some advice as I?ve been offered a profit share in a business and don?t know where to start when it comes to negotiating rates and what would be considered fair. Here is...

Article
Top 5 Web Development Nightmares: How to Avoid Calling a Lawyer
BY Daliah Saper

Here is a list of some of the problems that can arise when outsourcing your web development and how you can avoid them.

Article
Divorce Is a Business Threat: Protecting Your Company With a Prenup
BY Erik Episcopo

Discussing whether your business should be separate or marital property with your partner may not be romantic, but is absolutely necessary.

Article
Fake E-Book Reviews: A Legal Guide to Understanding & Navigating
BY Dan Warner

We review the legality of fake Amazon e-book reviews and ancillary practices. How to spot one and what not to do.

Advice
I am considering becoming an S corp, but not sure the benefits vs currently being an LLC?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Mitchell | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/14/16

I am considering switching from an LLC to an S corp before years end. I have spoken to my tax guy, he thinks its feasible, but still have some hesitation on the idea.

Article
Protecting Your Baby: 10 Reasons to Hire An Attorney for Your Business
BY Larry Alton

Having a good attorney can provide incredible value to your business, namely in helping to protect you from legal implications.

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Who, What, "Wear": Breaking Down the Basics of Trade Dress
BY Daliah Saper

Learn the consequences of copying trade dress, and how to avoid the situation as a business with product design.

Advice
Do I need a lawyer to incorporate?
QUESTION | BY Bryan C. | 40 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/13/15

We are in the early development stage still for our mobile app. I've hired a lawyer to draw up contracts, mainly for taxes purposes, but I'm wondering now if this is something I could do myself OR if...

Article
All The Rage: Is Your Business Going to Be In Trouble With the EEOC?
BY Brett McIntyre

The Top 5 Litigation Trends For The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Article
Can I Press Play Or Must I Pay? Music Licensing Requirements for Businesses
BY Daliah Saper

How to Avoid a Lawsuit

Article
What to Do if a Major Corporation Steals Your Trademark
BY Victoria Heckstall

Taking Action When a Major Corporation Steals Your Trademark

Advice
For a private company, is there a limit to the number of people that can be co-owners?
QUESTION | BY Karl Coffield | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/05/15

I have asked several people and got different answers. If I keep my company private is there any regulation as to the number of shareholders in my company?

Article
Can I Use a Competitor’s Trademarked Words in Keyword Advertising?
BY Daliah Saper

Learn from these lawsuits to prevent trademark infringement caused from keyword search teams and advertisements.

Advice
What is the best option for entering into a partnership with an existing business?
QUESTION | BY Wilma Naz | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/25/15

I have been running a consultancy business for the last two years. To increase volume, I am associating with a business development partner who would subsequently need some stake in the business....

Advice
What legal documents are required to sell a small business?
QUESTION | BY Jenny Simon | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/25/15
Article
Are Hashtags Intellectual Property?
BY Daliah Saper

Hashtags began on Twitter and have now spread to other major social media websites like Facebook, Google+ and Instagram—and to communication in general.

Advice
How do you handle payments to contractors if you are not yet incorporated as a legal entity?
QUESTION | BY Pamela Lozoff | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/28/15

I am launching a social enterprise, and will be fiscally sponsored under a 501 (c) 3 parent organizations, but I am not yet. I have a program starting and am contracting out a teacher to help run it....

Article
Not Just a Game: Legal Considerations for Social Media Contests and Sweepstakes
BY Daliah Saper

Businesses have relied on sweepstakes or contests to attract customers, build traffic, and increase brand awareness for decades.

Advice
What are the primary legal issues a small business needs to consider, anticipate, or expect?
QUESTION | BY Vincent Kernaghan | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/06/15

One I already know is the type of business - whether Sole Proprietor, LLC, Corporation, etc. Others are insurance and business licenses - especially for some types of businesses more than others. I'm...

Article
The Copyright Question: The Difference Between Inspiration and Infringement
BY Daliah Saper

Even the most original ideas borrow from old ideas. So when does inspiration become copyright infringement?

Advice
What course of action can a partner in an LLC take if another partner is inactive?
QUESTION | BY BJ Sorensen | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/16/15

I have a client whose business is compromised of 3 partners (50/40/10). The 40% partner has not contributed or been involved in the business for almost 2 years. What can the 50% & 10% partners do to...

Advice
What legal steps should be taken if my website design, content, and images were stolen?
QUESTION | BY kavitha kumar | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/07/15

I have a website for my company and the content and images on my site have been plagiarized under a different URL; with a very similar website design to mine as well. I have notified the owner of the...

Advice
Can I get a few paying customers before forming a legal entity?
QUESTION | BY Lynn Kretschmer | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 11/16/14

Before going through the time and expense of forming a legal entity, I would like to see how much demand their is for my goods. At what point do I need to form a legal entity?

Advice
How difficult is it to convert from an LLC to a non-profit 501(c)3?
QUESTION | BY Pamela Lozoff | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 10/08/14

I haven't incorporated yet, but I'm learning toward an LLC for now, but may eventually want to have an LLC arm and a non-profit arm. How does this work with tax status? How easy is it to move money...

Advice
My website design and content has been stolen. What should I do?
QUESTION | BY Dinesh Singh | 15 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/10/14

The whole concept of my website has been stolen by another website. Will that website hurt me? Will this hurt my business? That website is also linking to my website. Please help. Our website is...

Advice
Can anyone provide an example of a business contract for a freelancer?
QUESTION | BY Liz Wilson | 13 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/25/14

I am a freelance graphic designer, starting out, and would like help constructing a legally binding contract for me to present to potential clients. I am not sure how to do this or that I can even do...

Advice
Can a professional service business located in California form a LLC?
QUESTION | BY irina butorina | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/14

I'm thinking of forming an LLC and would like know what it costs. Do I need to hire someone or can I do this myself? What are the tax implications, and what are the annual reporting or filing...

Advice
How much does it cost to hire someone to set up a CA LLC for me?
QUESTION | BY irina butorina | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/09/14

Can I do this myself? My business is not complicated. What are the annual reporting or filing obligations / costs? Though I live in California, would it be better (cheaper, tax savings, etc.) to form...

Advice
Is my idea patentable?
QUESTION | BY Albert Baldwin | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/23/14

I want to use several already patented hardware technologies and combine them creating software from licencee software middleware and sdk to create a new form of social interaction is my idea...

Advice
What is the difference between S Corp and LLC?
QUESTION | BY Dom Juraszek | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/22/14

Hi there, my friend is looking to start an s corp. What is the difference between setting up an S Corp or LLC? Also, if she is in a co op apartment is she better of getting a P.O. Box and not...