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Can I trademark my app name?

If there is already a business that is operating with the same name, then it’s unlikely you can Trademark it. This is especially true since it sounds like you both operate in the same space. Although they have not trademarked the name either, they can likely prove that they have used the name to conduct […]

What are good ways to start a small business?

I agree with a lot of the advice you’ve already been given. The legal aspect of a small business is incredibly important because it establishes the foundation for the entire operation. If you don’t take care of those finer details early on then you will likely pay for it later. As far as focusing on […]

After marrying a US citizen, how long does it take to get a green card?

As others have already mentioned, the timeline can vary a bit based on your specific situation as well as the process itself. To put it simply, there are many factors that are simply outside of your control. However, you could help yourself by ensuring that you have completed all necessary paperwork and included relevant attachments. […]

Incorporation: What is the most cost effective way to file a NY state LLC?

Years ago forming an LLC was a huge pain. You had to Google your secretary of state, navigate their horrendous websites to find the right forms, print them, fill them in, and mail it with a check all while praying that everything was done adequately. The alternative route was finding a lawyer to do it […]

Does buying real estate in the US give us the right of permanent residency?

Just buying real estate does not automatically put you on track toward getting a green card. However, like others have indicated here—you could opt for the investor-based green card (the Eb-5). You have to have the cash to do it and showcase how the investment will benefit the US economy. If you are approved for […]

Can you get a green card if you marry a green card holder?

Yes, you may be able to get a green card, but it’s not automatic. You must still go through a process. A green card holder may petition for their spouse to also get a green card. The green card holder must submit the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. They must also provide proof that they […]

Can I patent an idea that is not patented but it exists in the market?

You can’t patent an idea. You can’t patent an invention that already exists. One potential area you could look into is if you have created something about the overall appearance and design of the product. If that is a brand new concept then your item may be eligible for a design patent. Your best solution […]

Can one change a J1 visa to an H-1B visa?

Generally speaking, yes. If it is the start of a new fiscal year and you are within the cap of an H-1B visa, then you can apply for it. If your employer is exempt from the cap then you can apply anytime. However, the tricky part comes if your J1 has the two-year residency requirement. […]

What Silicon Valley startup lawyers are good at resolving founder or equity disputes?

Founder equity disputes can be incredibly frustrating and stressful. This is an area that has to be handled with a certain finesse so that everybody involved has a chance at a fair shake.  Disagreements happen, but they don’t have to completely ruin startups or relationships. A startup lawyer is definitely a good place to start—someone […]

When and how should equity splits between co-founders be formallized?

When it comes to equity division, you definitely want to get something in writing. Often times, co-founders are acquaintances, friends, and sometimes even family. However, no matter how informal your relationship may be, when it comes to business you definitely want to be as formal as possible. The means signing contracts. That means legal services. […]

What happens to cofounder’s vested equity if I leave a startup after 3 years?

It depends. What is stated in the terms of your signed agreement? Usually, there’s an outlined time period that a person can buy back their equity. It doesn’t matter what you would “like” to do so much as what you “agreed” to do. In the even that you didn’t outline what should happen in this […]

Can non-compete agreements be enforced on a layoff?

Unfortunately, non-compete agreements aren’t blanketing, one-size-fits-all documents. This means, that it really depends on the agreement itself as well as where you live. A good place to start is to check out the laws for your specific state. Then, take a look at the exact language of the agreement. If you have trouble understanding either […]

Can I incorporate a company when I am working for another company?

Usually, the answer is that yes you can start a business while working for another one. However. Take a good look at your employment agreement and any other contracts that you’ve already signed. You may have signed something that indicates that you can’t use any knowledge you’ve gained while on the job with Google. If that’s […]

At what stage of startup does someone need a startup lawyer?

The short answer is that a startup should invest in a lawyer when the business would benefit from a legal professional’s expertise. Of course, what that actually looks like in real life will vary based on different needs for different businesses. Here are a few of the most common areas to look at. Intellectual Property– […]
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Warrant

Warrant - A type of security that gives the holder a right but not the obligation to buy or ...
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Yield

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Maintenance Contract

Use this maintenance contract to hire a professional to help you maintain your home, office, or equipment...
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Marriage Certificate Request Letter

When to use Marriage Certificate Request Letter This request letter can help you to obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate. It is important to have a copy of your marriage certificate av...
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Marriage Certificate Request Letter

When to use Marriage Certificate Request Letter This request letter can help you to obtain a certified copy of your marriage certificate. It is important to have a copy of your marriage certificate av...
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Marriage Separation Agreement

When to use Marriage Separation Agreement When couples are contemplating divorce, many choose to separate first. There are many reasons why separation is a preferable option to divorce for some couple...
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Mechanic’s Lien

A mechanic’s lien is a legal instrument that encumbers the property of individuals who hire contractors to improve the value of their land and then fail to pay....
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Mechanic’s Lien Waiver

A mechanic’s lien waiver is a document necessary to release a lien that a contractor has placed on your property for nonpayment of work performed....
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Medical Records Request

When to use Medical Records Request Gone are the days in which the only doctor in town treated every resident for every injury and illness that arose. Nowadays, most Americans are treated by multiple ...
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Medicare Appeal Denial Part A

When to use Medicare Appeal Denial Part A Receiving any kind of claim denial from Medicare can be truly frustrating. Medical care is necessary, so having a claim rejected can feel uniquely unfair. It ...
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Medicare Appeal Denial Part B

When to use Medicare Appeal Denial Part B Receiving any kind of claim denial from Medicare can be truly frustrating. Medical care is necessary, so having a claim rejected can feel uniquely unfair. It ...
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Medicare Peer Review Letter

When to use Medicare Peer Review Letter Millions of Americans rely on the Medicare system for necessary health care services. It is therefore in everyone’s interests that the system is safe, effecti...
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Medicare Unnecessary Bill or Service

When to use Medicare Unnecessary Bill or Service Millions of Americans work in the health care industry. It is safe to say that the vast majority of doctors, nurses, aides, administrative staff, execu...
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Memorial Plans

When to use Memorial Plans An important part of the estate planning process that is too often overlooked involves an individual’s preferences for his or her own burial, funeral or memorial. A memori...
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Mental Health Declaration and Power of Attorney

When to use Mental Health Declaration and Power of Attorney Accidents happen, illnesses strike without warning and previously manageable health conditions can evolve into unmanageable challenges. None...
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Introduction

There are a few baby steps every new business must take before it can run. This list will help you launch and prepare your company for moving to the next stage like incorporating a business and issuing equity. ..

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Business Guide
How to start your first business
Raising capital guide
June 2019
Raising your first round of capital.

privacy guide
August 2019
GDPR compliance, privacy and terms


intellectual property guide
September 2019
Protecting your intellectual property.
forming a board of directors guide
October 2019
How to structure and form a board.

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"Allocation"

When used informally, this term refers to the accounting principles, standards and procedures that companies use to draft the.

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Letter of Intent Agreement

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