5 Reasons Your California LLC Needs an Operating Agreement

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) are an excellent business formation option for many people. They are simple enough to ensure they don’t get in the way of actually doing business, yet provide enough protection that you can operate safely without fear of personal liability for business risks and debts. If you have already started an LLC or you are thinking about starting an LLC in the near future, you will want to Read More

Intellectual Property Law: Understanding Invention Assignment Agreements

If you are a business owner who employs individuals who will be creating intellectual property of any type, it is absolutely essential that you understand (and use) invention assignment agreements. To put it simply, these agreements ensure that any inventions or concepts that the employee (or third party contractor) creates while working for you, will belong to your business. As with most legal concepts, however, Read More

5 Things Every Business Owner Should Do BEFORE Hiring Their First Employee

Congratulations! Your small business is growing and you’ve made the decision that you are going to begin hiring employees to help your company continue to expand and improve. This is an exciting prospect for any small business owner, and far too many get so caught up in that excitement that they fail to properly understand and prepare themselves for the legal challenges inherent in employment. Below we have Read More

A Brief Q&A on Trademarks

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation out there regarding the intellectual property protection known as “trademarks.” These tools are vital for most businesses in order to protect their unique brand, but many business owners simply do not understand what they are or how they work. Thus, we have put together a brief Q&A session in our latest blog to provide answers to some of the most common Read More

The Three Key Differences Between a C-Corp and S-Corp

New businesses looking to achieve the benefits of incorporation, such as limited liability protection and improved credibility, are often faced with a difficult decision. Should they incorporate as a C corporation or an S corporation? There are three key differences between C-corps and S-corps—outlined below—that every entrepreneur should understand before making their decision. Please keep in mind that this blog Read More

The Dangers of DIY Contracts

Do you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer? After all, thanks to the unprecedented accessibility of information in the Internet Age, DIY is now all the rage. You can Google how to do just about anything you want. But just because there is information at your fingertips, doesn’t mean you should rely on it, particularly in place of the advice of trained professionals in situations where there is a great deal at Read More

5 Key Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors

If you own a business, there are a couple of ways you can go about fulfilling your company’s staffing needs. With a few notable exceptions, you are generally going to be choosing between hiring employees (either full-time or part-time) or contractors. Your decision to hire an employee or an independent contractor will depend on your company’s needs and most likely your financial capabilities. It is important to Read More

6 Reasons to Incorporate Your Business—Even As the Sole Employee

Founding and operating a new business can be a complex process. Many people decide to jump into business based on a good idea or a skill they have, without realizing all the questions they must answer and the challenges they will face in order to get their company up and running. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation out there that can lead new entrepreneurs down risky, haphazard, and unnecessary Read More

Intellectual Property Theft: The Cease & Desist Letter

Your intellectual property is the very core of your business. It is your ideas and innovations, your brand, and everything that makes your company unique. Any attempt to steal from your company should anger you, but a theft of intellectual property can be a particularly galling prospect. So what do you do when a current employee, or a former employee, or even a business rival steals your intellectual property? Read More

Selling Your Business? Be Careful of Misunderstandings

So, the time has come for you to sell your beloved business. Perhaps you are just getting too old to manage the company and you are ready to retire. Maybe this was your end-game all along and it is time to cash in. Whatever the case may be, it is easy to get excited when you find a buyer who is ready to pay you for the company you’ve worked so hard to build. But, as they say, don’t jump the gun. If you rush in too Read More