2013Feb
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CHECKLIST FOR YOUR START-UP BUSINESS

So, you have decided to start a new business.  The following is a general checklist of steps to take to set-up your business.  Depending on the particular type of business, additional steps may be required. 1.    Prepare a Written Business Plan.  Define the type of product and/or service you plan to provide.  Set forth the…

2013Jan
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FIVE REASONS YOU NEED A WRITTEN CONTRACT

” A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.”  — Sam Goldwyn Often clients tell us that they have reached a deal, shaken hands, and are ready to do business with a business associate.  While this may have been acceptable back when our grandfathers were in business, society has grown too large and…

2012Nov
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PAYING EMPLOYEES FOR WEATHER RELATED ABSENCES

The rules which apply to whether or not you have to pay your employees for whether related absences depends on whether they are considered exempt or non-exempt employees. Most employees are considered non-exempt under the federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and are covered by the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay provisions. Non-exempt employees generally…

2012Oct
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SELLING A BUSINESS – THE LEGAL ISSUES

Are you thinking of selling your business? Beyond determining an acceptable selling price, there are quite a few legal issues that need to be considered. The first issue that you should consider is whether to sell the assets of the business (both tangible and intangible) or the shares of the corporation (if incorporated) that operates…

2012May
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SHOULD YOUR COMPANY HAVE AN E-MAIL LIABILITY PREVENTION PLAN?

While e-mail has greatly increased the potential for better business communication and information access, it has its downside. Few employers have yet to fully appreciate the extent to which company e-mail increases their potential liability and few have taken steps to reduce the risk. E-mail’s “oral-like” feel is deceptively dangerous, since employers and employees may…

2011Nov
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I’M NOT RICH – DO I STILL NEED TO DO ESTATE PLANNING?

The simple answer for most people is typically “YES”, although the reasons may differ.  Below is a list (in no particular order) of reasons to do, or review your estate planning. _______________________________ 15 Most Common Reasons to Do (or Review) Your Estate Planning The desire to designate who will manage your affairs if you become…

2009Nov
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BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING – WHY NOW?

Are you a business owner?  If so, have you considered what might happen to your business if something happened to you tomorrow? Do you have a workable business succession plan in place in case you die, or as some might think, something even worse happens to you, you suddenly become disabled and no longer able…