Will a Trademark Protect Your Business?

When is the right time to trademark your business name?  You worked long and hard to come up with a catchy name for your business, now how do you protect it?   Perfecting a trademark can be an important part of your asset and intellectual property portfolio. As your business grows and you become more well known, your protections will become more and more important.  These protections can lie in many areas including Read More

If You Are Lacking the Proper Business Entity You May Be At Risk

Why operate your small business under the proper business entity?  In short, it depends.  It depends on your goals and those of your small business, but don't worry, when you work with the right business lawyer, all that will be fleshed out with you.  You should note that the best entity for you and your company may be different than the entity recommended to one of your competitors or someone else in your line of Read More

Starting a Small Business?

So, you're starting a small business...congratulations!  You are embarking on one of the best rides of your life.  I say that because starting a small business is enthralling, but definitely has its highs and lows.  Furthermore, starting a small business takes consistent work.  Yes, the grass can be greener, but it can be bleak.  I'm sure you have read all the statistics about how small businesses fail at an alarming Read More

When Does an Entrepreneur Need Small Business Lawyer?

When does a small business need a lawyer?  That is a good question that most small business owners do not ask.  Actually, many small business owners may not even think about a lawyer until they have an issue that is causing them to lose sleep, such as being faced with a lawsuit.  What most entrepreneurs don't think about is that if they were to bring an attorney into their planning process when they are just starting Read More

Workplace violence – can you protect your employees?

In California, workplace violence is not as uncommon you might think.  Here, in California, an employer may be able to convince a judge to issue a restraining order, which is a court order, that may be used to curtail threats of violence against its employees. Under the right circumstances and allegations of actual or potential workplace violence, a judge may order a specific person not to: Threaten or harass your Read More

What is Small Business?

"What is small business?" is an often asked question.  The Small Business Administration defines small in terms of average number of employees over a period of time and "average annual receipts."  But to determine whether your small entity qualifies under their parameters, you need to make several assessments to get there, actually you almost need a flow chart.  No wonder everyone has their own answer to the Read More

Do I Need a Fictitious Business Name or a DBA?

The application for a Fictitious Business Name also known as Doing Business As (DBA) depends on many factors in California. If you are operating your business as any one of the below-listed entities Corporation limited liability partnership (LLPs) limited liability company (LLCs) then you do not need to file for a fictitious business name if your company is operating under the exact same name as the Read More

What is a Trusted Advisor?

An entire book has been written on what a trusted advisor is, but basically a trusted advisor is a person you might trust to be in the inner circle of your business or someone you might rely to help you run your company in an efficient and effective manner.  You may need more than one trusted advisor, for instance, you might want to have a trusted advisor for accounting, legal, financial advising, banking, insurance, Read More

Pleasanton Business Lawyer

We all have those nagging questions – some as inconsequential as where we’re going for lunch and some that keep us up at night worrying.    As your Pleasanton Business Lawyer, it does not matter if you are just starting your business or in the thick of it trying to make it more successful, you may be worried about these things that I can help you with: How to select a business entity that is the best for for your Read More

Arbitration: How Does It Work?

Arbitration can be an alternative for your business to filing a lawsuit in court and ultimately going to trial. You are probably wondering what that means, so read on... Usually, you will agree to arbitrate in advance in your contract as the method which any dispute would be resolved. You may want to check you contracts and see if they have these provisions that will guide you should you find your self in the Read More