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Is a franchise a good idea to start up a business?

This question will be answered with the perspective of you are considering taking your existing business to the next level and forming a franchise. If you have a clear understanding of what it means to start of a franchise, then it could absolutely be a good idea to go that route. However, as with anything, […]

Which occupations receive the most H1B visas/Green cards in the USA?

It’s true that a large majority of the H1B recipients have computer-related jobs. However, to be clear, you don’t necessarily need a computer science degree to receive the visa. A variety of other positions have been approved including teachers, therapists, architects and many, many more. Of course, there are specific requirements for the H1B which […]

How do staffing companies work legally?

Staffing companies work to successfully link job seekers with positions with a client company. Because of the nature of their type of work, staffing companies run into a variety of potential legal issues. In order to function properly (and legally), staffing companies must understand the laws that they must follow. Here are a few common […]

Why do some attorneys prefer not to work with paralegals?

Not working with a paralegal typically comes down to lack of necessity. With that said, paralegals (when needed) play a critical role in the legal field. Some lawyers are incredibly busy, and a paralegal can take on some of the tasks to free up the attorney’s schedule a bit more. While they can’t give legal […]

How do we respond when sued by ex-founder for unpaid wages in California?

Being sued by an ex-founder can result in a very complex and costly endeavor. Some people may feel that hiring an attorney will only add to the cost, but trust me when I say, you don’t want to walk down this path alone. You’ll want someone to go through any existing contracts and evaluate the […]

When should a startup seek funding?

Funding needs differ for every single business. Some startups require employees early on while others run on a lean staff of one or two for years. That is why there is no straightforward answer to your question. Even though I can’t just say to you right now a certain day or marker for when the […]

What’s it like to work as an in-house counsel in a big bank’s legal department?

Many legal professionals are asking themselves whether or not they should transition into in-house counsel whether it be a big bank as the question asks or some other company that requires ongoing legal services. There are no denying the benefits for the company as well as the attorney.   Critical Team Member As an in-house […]

Does a Delaware LLC Have to Pay California Taxes?

Unless you register your company in California, you will NOT pay California taxes. However, you should be sure that you have properly registered your company in the appropriate state. You SHOULD register in California if you answer yes to any of the following: Are you physically operating a business in the state of California? Are […]

How can I check if a domain name has been registered as a trademark or not?

There are several online searches you can use. However, I would urge you to utilize the skills of a professional trademark attorney. I suggest this because there are many nuances to conducting a thorough trademark search. Conducting a search on your own is an option but you’d be surprised at how many people make mistakes throughout […]

Can I work as a freelancer in the US while here on a B1/B2 Visa?

The most important thing about a visa is its intent. The B1 visa is said to be for business and B2 for pleasure. However, they are often used interchangeably. The intent of both of the visas is to visit the country on a short-term basis and then return to your mother country. However, you can […]

When Should a Startup Founder Seek Funding?

Funding needs differ for every single business. Some startups require employees early on while others run on a lean staff of one or two for years. That is why there is no straightforward answer to your question. Even though I can’t just say to you right now a certain day or marker for when the […]

How To Get Patent Pending Status Using An Attorney

Each Founder’s Stake In, and Contributions Toward, The Startup You will come across inventors and CEO’s that will tell you wildly different information on whether or not an attorney is required to start the patent pending process. However, there is no one steadfast rule that exists as to whether or not to hire an attorney […]
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Bylaws

Bylaws - A company’s detailed, formal rules that governs corporate affairs, including the ...
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Cap Table

Cap Table - A table that breaks out founder and investor percentages of ownership, dilution ...
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Construction Contract

A construction contract documents all of the legal duties, terms, and conditions associated with work on a construction project....
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Consulting Agreement

Use this consulting agreement to create an agreement regarding professional consulting services....
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Contest Rules

Use these contest rules if you or your business are holding a competition or sweepstakes....
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Contract Amendment

A written contract amendment is often necessary to change agreed-upon terms in a legally-binding agreement....
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Contract Assignment

A written contract assignment is used to legally transfer contractual rights from one party to another....
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Contract for Deed

A contract for deed is an agreement between a buyer and seller of land in which the seller finances the buyer’s purchase....
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Corporate Bylaws

Corporate bylaws are documents that provide a framework for the organization, operation, and structure of a company....
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Corporate Minutes

Corporate minutes are a written record of a company meeting, a list of including attendees and a description matters discussed....
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Corporate Proxy

When shareholders cannot make it to a meeting, they can use this document to enable another person to vote on their behalf....
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Corporate Record

Corporate records are required for several business activities, and companies are legally obligated to maintain records appropriately....
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Corporate Resolution

A corporate resolution records any decision on an issue up for vote before a corporate board of directors....
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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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How to start your first business
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Raising your first round of capital.

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Protecting your intellectual property.
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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

When you make an offer to purchase or sell goods or services for value, you have started the process of creating a legal contract..

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