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What Is A Contract For?


Let’s say you’ve discussed a potential business opportunity and you’ve come to an agreement on the basic terms with the party on the other side. The basics may include who has to deliver what goods or services, where, when, and how the receiving party is going to pay for it. Now that you’ve gone through the ups and downs of the negotiation process, you’re both eager to get started. Maybe you have the basic deal points recorded in an email or a term sheet that the parties have signed. Why bother with a full-scale contract? Why go through the time…

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Year-End Legal Checklist


As another year comes to an end, there are always business law matters that demand your attention. The to-do list will vary based on the needs of your specific business, but here are some items that tend to apply to most businesses as the calendar turns over to a new year. And of course, we’re here to help with any of these matters. Annual Compliance If you’ve registered to do business as a legal business entity, such as an LLC, a corporation, a Limited Partnership, or a nonprofit organization, be sure to review your annual compliance obligations. Many business types…

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Liability Considerations for Reopening Businesses


As I write this blog post, many states in the U.S. are in the process of partially reopening their economies while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Business owners who have taken a financial hit due to the shutdown need to also be thinking about liability when they reopen. If you own a business, one of your worst fears right now is finding out that one of your customers, clients, or employees came down with COVID-19 at your workplace. This is true if your business is a brick-and-mortar or if you or your team has any kind of face to face…

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California’s New Worker Protection Law


On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, which is intended to redefine who is classified as an employee while working in the state. AB5 expands on and codifies the California Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, which I wrote about in this blog post: Big Change in California Independent Contractor – Employee Law. It’s being written about as a law that applies primarily to gig economy “companies such as Uber and Lyft“, but the impact of AB5 will likely go far beyond Uber drivers. The full text of AB5…

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