Franchising vs. Licensing: What’s the Difference?

If you have developed a successful business, you may find yourself wondering about how to expand your operations without taking on a lot of additional expense. Or perhaps you are looking to grow a business by drawing upon the success of such a company. Two common options for promoting this type of growth are franchising and licensing. What Is Franchising? A franchise extends an already existing business Read More

Four Common Shareholder Disputes and How to Avoid Them

There can be many different types of shareholders in a company, from friends and family members with just a modest holding to those who have a massive stake in your business. Any shareholder, however, can be the source of a dispute, no matter how big or small their holding. Since they have a financial stake in the business, these disputes can quickly turn ugly if not managed and mitigated properly. This article Read More

Piercing the Veil: When Business and Personal Liabilities Intertwine

When you create a corporation, limited liability company, or another business structure, you are developing a separate legal entity. One of the main benefits of doing so is that it shields your personal assets from any liabilities incurred by the business. If you do not maintain this separate legal entity properly, however, you can lose that benefit. This process is often referred to as “piercing the corporate Read More

Give Them a Break! What You Need to Know About California Rest and Lunch Break Laws

California has a more generous meal break law than that of many other states, allowing workers to take breaks that are both longer and more frequent. It has specific rules on whether employees must be paid for certain types of breaks as well. Both employers and employees should know these basic rules to ensure that everyone is in compliance with applicable California law. Meal Break Basics If an employee works Read More

Partnership vs. Joint Venture: What’s the Difference?

Partnerships and joint ventures are commonly confused because on paper they may sound somewhat similar, but in reality they are very different. A joint venture is much more limited than a partnership, and the legal implications are not the same either. What Is a Partnership? A partnership involves two or more people who are co-owners of a business for profit. Usually, these individuals will share both the Read More

Four Reasons to Consider Incorporating Your Business

Whether you have been running your business for some time or you are just getting started, there are plenty of reasons to consider incorporating your company. Below are just a few reasons why you might want to consider making this type of move. 1.  Personal Asset Protection When you operate as a sole proprietorship or partnership, there is no real legal separation between you and your business. In other Read More

Five Things You Can Do to Prevent Your Business from Being Sued

Lawsuits and other legal issues can be some of the most expensive costs for your company. Attorney fees can add up quickly, and any monetary damages that must be paid to a client, prior employee, vendor, or another injured party can be very substantial as well. The best way to reduce such costs is to avoid getting sued in the first place. Unfortunately, that is often easier said than done. You can take certain Read More

Five Things Copyright Law Does Not Protect

A copyright provides protection for works of authorship. This encompasses any description or representation of an idea or system, including photographs, writings, paintings, and other forms of depiction. If you have authored something, you want to be sure that no one else can try to claim it as theirs or use it without your permission. By copyrighting your work, you strengthen your legal right to stop other people Read More

Four Common ADA Violations and How You Can Prevent Them

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that affects virtually every employer across the country. It is designed to help protect those who have disabilities from experiencing discrimination in the workplace, in the housing market, in educational settings, and elsewhere. It is easy to see the significant value in this type of law. However, it is also very easy for employers and business owners to be Read More

Three Common Types of Business Disputes and How to Avoid Them

Litigation is extremely expensive. If you can take steps now to avoid having a legal dispute in the future, that can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees, time and effort, and goodwill. Of course, it’s not always possible to anticipate a lawsuit, but there are a few very common types of business disputes that often lead to litigation. If you can avoid these, then you will significantly decrease the likelihood Read More