Is Your California Business Compliant?: An Overview of Business Entity Compliance Requirements

When you decide to incorporate or form an LLC, you are committing to follow certain compliance requirements that are set out by California law. Failing to adhere to these legal demands can completely undermine your business structure. Therefore, it is important to know and understand these obligations so you can fulfill these duties. Types of Compliance Requirements Generally speaking, there are two types of Read More

16 Things to Include in a California Independent Contractor Agreements

An independent contractor is someone who often controls his or her work environment. He or she usually uses their own tools and equipment to accomplish a specific job. They are also more likely to decide how to accomplish the job themselves instead of being instructed by someone else. They also usually set their own working hours, but not always. Independent contractors are often paid by the job, and the working Read More

The Difference Between a Corporation and LLC in California

Business structures have important differences that can be both advantages and disadvantages, depending on your company’s unique needs. Not all structures are created equal. Understanding the differences between two of the most widely used structures—corporations and LLCs—can help you decide which option will work best for you. Business Structure Basics When deciding which business structure is right for your Read More

Minor Disagreement or Major Problem?: 6 Signs Your Business Dispute May be Headed for Litigation

Informal negotiation can resolve the vast majority of business disputes. However, some conflicts will inevitably lead to litigation. Disputes bound for litigation often have similar attributes—that means that you can sometimes predict which business disagreements will end up in the courtroom. Often, business disputes headed toward litigation will have the following characteristics:   Communication Read More

Considering an M&A? Think About These 5 Things First

Successful mergers and acquisitions (M&As) can help companies enhance revenue, enjoy cost savings, serve new markets, and much more. While it may seem like an exciting prospect for your business, there's always the chance your M&A could fail to deliver on its purpose. If you're considering an M&A, you need to look at the facts well in advance. These tips are designed to help you think about your potential Read More

7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Protect Your Business from Frivolous Lawsuits

When running a business, getting sued is not something you can always avoid. Unfortunately, some people see businesses as targets for lawsuits because they hope that the business will either settle out of court, or that they will get a judge to rule in their favor. Even when someone files a frivolous lawsuit, it can be quite costly. Having to go through the process of having an attorney go to the judge to explain why Read More

“Actual Use” vs. “Intent-to-Use” Trademarks

A trademark is a word, groups of words, or a symbol that is registered so that it can be used in association with a company or a product. Another individual or business can not utilize something that is trademarked. It is used more often by companies that want their customers or clients to know that a particular product or service is associated with their business. There are two general ways to register a Read More

4 Contracts Every Business Should Have Their Employees Sign

Contracts are a huge part of virtually any business. Contracts are used for inventory, supplies, and even routine maintenance. However, they are often overlooked when it comes to employment issues. Nonetheless, having employees sign certain contracts, even if they are not signing an employee contract as a whole, can be useful for your company. Confidentiality Agreements Many businesses have valuable production Read More

A Brief Guide to Patentability for California Businesses

A patent is a legal tool that allows you to have exclusive rights to an invention for a period of time. It requires that you disclose the details of the invention to the public by filing a patent with the U.S. government. Patents allow inventors to control who uses their ideas and permits them to derive monetary value from the invention. Without a patent, someone else could easily copy the design and market it Read More

Closing Down Shop: How to Shut Down a California Corporation

You may have several reasons to close down your business—from financial problems to retirement. When you are ready to close your business for good, it is not as simple as just hanging up your hat and walking out. Instead, you have certain legal obligations that you must meet for your corporation to be considered legally dissolved. In California, C-corporations have certain annual reporting requirements and fees. Read More