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Time To Start Your New Business? Opportunities During Tough Times

Social distancing and stay-at-home policies continue on as we all struggle with the pandemic.  Many people face layoffs, furloughs, and unexpected unemployment.  Maybe now is a good time to think about that business you always wanted to start. Self-Employment Increases During Difficult Times Entrepreneurship grows in difficult times. Recessions, while always...

Drafting Contracts

Tips To Draft A Clear Contract The best way to preserve a good business relationship is to memorialize your agreements in writing.  This applies to a variety of contracts including lease agreements, employment contracts, co-founder agreements, partnership contracts, licensing agreements etc.  Having a clear, concise contract will save you potential...

What If I Have to Cancel My Event Due to COVID-19?

Over the last several weeks—and especially during the previous 48-hours—the COVID-19 coronavirus has disrupted our way of our life. It has caused many businesses and organizations to make the difficult decision whether or not to cancel their events. In some cases, the states are making this decision for them...

Legal Tips For Your New Startup

Launching your new startup is an exciting time and you want to make sure you set it up for success. It’s critical to legally protect your business and yourself from the start.  Amy M. Toepper Esq. is the co-founder of Legal In A Box Inc (www.legalinabox.com) and founder of AMT...

Trademark my name, logo, or both?

So there are two types of marks you can register – a standard character mark or a stylized mark. Standard character marks cover a word or words without regard to the way the word is written.  It covers the literal element of the mark in any configuration, font, or color,...

New Times, New Law

At Legal In A Box, we believe in the new, the current, the advanced, the evolved.  Traditional law firms will always have a place within the legal services market.  However, there is a large swath of the market that is excluded from legal services -- particularly in business --...

More than Meets the Eye: Maintaining your S-Corp

After one starts a small business, he or she usually chooses to operate it as a corporation. If one doesn’t do this, the business is operated as an individual, and the owner’s personal assets are not shielded from business creditors. However, in order to maintain S-Corp status (a business’ corporation...

Do you really own your app?

Are you developing a new app, but using someone else to write the code? A "work for hire" contract isn't enough. Make sure you get an assignment of ownership from your developer. This is to avoid "phantom founders" that later may come back to get a piece of the...

Let’s Put It In A Box

Fear, intimidation, uncertainty … This was just a sampling of what was experienced in law school and the subsequent practice of law in the years after. It takes time to get your legal legs under you. Did you have a father, mother, or other close family member available to...

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