Benefits and Challenges of Operating a Business in California

If you are thinking about opening a new business, or moving an existing business, to the state of California, it is important to really understand the different benefits and challenges that exist. As with all business decisions, the more information you have available, the better the decision you will be able to make. Read through the following benefits and challenges of operating a business in Read More

3 Key Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Incorporate

If you have decided to incorporate your business, you undoubtedly have a lot on your mind. One question that should not be overlooked is which state to actually incorporate in. Many people mistakenly think that they must incorporate either in their own home state, or in the state where they do the bulk of their business. Sometimes this may be more beneficial, especially if you have your primary place of business in Read More

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