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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

When Is An Independent Contractor Really An Employee? The Perils of Misclassification

Most employers have a basic understanding of the differences between independent contractors and employees. Most fundamentally, you pay wages to employees and must withhold taxes and Social Security, pay unemployment taxes, pay worker’s compensation insurance premiums and provide various benefits.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

The Basics of Copyright

Mention the word copyright and most business owners will think it has nothing to do with them, and that it is only relevant to the publishing or music industry. While copyright certainly protects the authors of literary, musical, pictorial or graphic works, each of these categories are broader than commonly understood. Thus, an employee manual…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Trademark Basics for Business Owners

For many small businesses, establishing a strong brand identity constitutes a considerable investment. Whether your business offers products or services, you want your customers to be able to easily distinguish your business from your competition. Part of that brand may be a catchy name, phrase, logo or design that you want your customers to identify…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Starting A Business Without Starting A Lawsuit (Or, The Gentleman’s Guide To Saying Goodbye)

Let’s suppose you have spent the last few years working for your employer. While on the job, you have learned the industry, made a host of relevant industry contacts, and have established strong relationships with your employer’s clients and vendors. You are confident that you now have the skills, knowledge and contacts to start your…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Enforceability Of Non-Compete Clauses In Employment Agreements

Ask ten lawyers if non-compete agreements are enforceable in New York and you may receive ten different answers, ranging from “they’re not worth the paper they’re written on” to “they are absolutely iron-clad.” As with most complex legal questions, the answer is somewhere between these two absolutes, and is dependent on a variety of factors….

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Stiffed!?! Solving The Problem Of Non-Paying Clients

One of my colleagues, corporate attorney Stephen Furnari, hates it when his clients refuse to pay his bills. I mean really, really hates it. In one of his blogs, Steve examined some of the reasons lawyers give for their failure to pursue collection from clients more aggressively and found those reasons to be lacking. In this…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Protecting Your Company’s Trade Secrets

If you are a successful small business, part of your success may be due to your use of proprietary techniques, processes or information your competitors do not have. Protecting this information is vital to maintaining your competitive edge and ensuring your continued success. Yet every day, employees, contractors or consultants attempt to take a business’s…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Finding The Right Lawyer For Your Small Business

One of the challenges facing the small business is finding the right lawyer. Unlike larger businesses, which may have one or more attorneys in their organization, or a general counsel charged with responsibility for all of the company’s legal matters, for the small business, the task of finding and hiring the right attorney can be…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Dissolution Of The Closely-Held New York Corporation

Most small businesses with more than a single owner typically opt to conduct their business as a corporation or as a limited liability company. When these businesses are properly established, the owners will enter into a shareholder’s agreement or a well-drafted operating agreement that provides a mechanism for the sale of a minority owner’s interest…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 9, 2024

Successor Liability – A Primer

It is a general rule in New York, as well as most other jurisdictions, that a corporation that purchases the assets (as opposed to the stock) of another corporation does not become liable for the seller’s liabilities or contract obligations. Of course, many unscrupulous businesses view this rule as a means to escape their financial…

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Online Defamation Part 2

A typical client call begins, “You know, someone posted this ridiculous thing about my business on the internet, and now every time someone does a search, it is the first thing that comes up on Google. What can I do?”

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Online Defamation Part 1

The Internet. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. A friend posts something online about you in fun, in jest, out of spite or anger, and now it is out there for the world to see, read, and/or comment upon. Oh, it will go away or blow over, you think. But will it? The answer is No.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Seven Common Pitfalls Your Small Business Must Avoid

One of the principal reasons businesses incorporate is to shield the personal assets of the owners from the debts of the corporation and to limit the shareholders’ liability from claims against the corporation. This limited liability is a function of the corporation’s status under state business corporation statutes as a distinct legal entity, separate and independent of its owners.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Simple Steps to Improve Collections

It is a fact of life for every business that a certain percentage of your customers will fail to pay you for your goods or services on the terms you and the customer agreed upon.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Motions for Accelerated Judgment

In my earlier blog about frivolous lawsuits, I mentioned that these actions may be susceptible to dismissal on an accelerated basis by such devices as a motion to dismiss or a motion for summary judgment.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

Can I Really Be Sued for That?

A common misconception that people unfamiliar with the litigation process share is the belief that a party needs a good faith basis to commence a lawsuit. Many inexperienced clients are absolutely mystified that a litigant can start a lawsuit against them on grounds that they believe are completely devoid of legal or factual merit.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |April 26, 2024

New York City’s Paid Sick Leave Law: What Employers Need to Know

Beginning April 1, 2014, under New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law), virtually every employer of New York City employees will be required to provide its employees up to 40 hours of sick leave every calendar year.

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Contract Disputes: How a Business Litigation Lawyer Can Help?

A contract is the fundamental document for any particular deal. Whether it is an employment contract or a client contract, both parties are bound to follow the policies discussed in the contract. However, the contracts are often broken and lead to several disputes. Under such conditions, having a business litigation lawyer handle it on your […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

How to Prepare for and Manage a Business Lawsuit With New York’s Best Law Firm?

Facing a business lawsuit can be incredibly stressful. The financial burden, damage to your reputation, and researching different legal clauses to support your case can feel like too much to handle on your own. But you don’t have to go through this alone.   New York’s best law firms can help prepare and manage your […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Why Protecting Your Trade Secrets with a Litigation Law Firm is Essential?

Trade secrets are invaluable assets that can make or break a business. Many companies overlook how easily these secrets can be stolen or leaked. Just imagine losing your competitive edge because someone gained access to your confidential information. That’s why working with a litigation law firm is so important. They can help protect your valuable […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Which is Right for Your Business Disputes and Litigation? Mediation vs. Arbitration

Running a business isn’t just about profit and paying your team. You have to stay alert to tackle disputes and legal problems diligently. A wrong decision can cost you money and harm your reputation. To solve business disputes and litigation, you can use mediation or arbitration methods. This blog will help you understand the difference […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Key Elements of Contract Agreement in Business and Commercial Law

Contracts are the backbone of business dealings, laying out the must-follow rules for everyone involved – from employees and partners to other businesses. They help protect a business from future problems and money issues. A well-made contract keeps trust high and issues low between parties, helping everyone get along better in the business world. But, […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Role of Counsel in Managing Corporate and Partnership Disputes

Starting a business can quickly turn bad when corporate and partnership disputes arise from misunderstandings and differing visions. Even when trust is strong, conflicts can strain relationships and disrupt operations. This is where legal counsel can help you. They help enforce agreements and laws, ensuring smooth, fair partner interactions. But what exactly do they do? […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Essential Clauses to Include in Contracts by Breach of Contract Law Firm

Successful business deals rely on solid contracts, but many overlook crucial clauses that protect them when things go wrong. This oversight can lead to misunderstandings, disputes, and costly legal battles. A well-crafted contract outlines agreements and addresses potential issues and solutions. Knowing the essential terms can help you avoid conflicts and legal headaches, whether you’re […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Significance of Non-Compete Agreements in Employment Matters Contracts Services

Ever wonder how businesses secure their trade secrets and stop ex-employees from using confidential knowledge to obtain a competitive advantage? Non-compete clauses are intended to protect confidential company information and prevent workers from leaving to start their own companies or direct competitors. Understanding non-compete clauses is essential to managing complicated employment contracts, whether you are […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Role of General Counsel Services in Evaluating Mergers and Acquisitions

Are you the one who is thinking of acquiring a new business but is unable to decide whether it will be a successful merger or not? General counsel services can be of great help under such conditions as they are experts in evaluating mergers and acquisitions to ensure that you get all the benefits. With […]

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Best Practices| Business Law| Business Litigation| Business Management| Small Business| |July 22, 2024

Intellectual Property Law Firm Clauses in Licensing Contract

Licensing agreements are great for boosting businesses, but missing key clauses can lead to big problems down the road. Without clear terms, you might face disputes over rights, responsibilities, and payments, which can be costly and stressful. To avoid these issues, it’s essential to include the proper clauses from the start. So, read about the […]

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