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Archive for 2017

Employers: Be careful what you ask when hiring.

December 30, 2017

In a growing number of states and localities (such as cities) it is becoming illegal to ask job candidates about their past earnings histories.

Employers are advised to be careful about this question or consider not asking potential employees about their earnings history at all.

This National Law Review article goes into more detail.… Read the rest

DRAFT: Our Commitment to Our Clients

November 20, 2017

We are working on a brief document showing our commitment to our clients.  What are your thoughts?

I would like your input:

Our Commitment to Clients

(Your Bill of Rights)


To the fullest extent permitted by law and our rules of attorney ethics we work to:

Knowing and Protecting You:

  • Get to know you and your matter and learn what is important to you
  • Always keep your best interest in mind
  • We will be your fighter – and work hard for your position


Handling Your Matter


  • Be competent and efficient in the matters we handle and recommend other professionals for issues we cannot efficiently help with
  • Provide practical and pragmatic solutions – not just the solutions that are the best in “theory” but find and discussion solutions that balance real world issues like time and money.
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What is Due Diligence?

October 23, 2017

When you are involved in a deal, whether it is a large strategic transaction, or a possible merger, acquisition, stock sale, or going public, you will start hearing the words “due diligence” thrown around. A lay person may not be familiar with this term, and it may not make sense. If you are like most business owners, you don’t play in the merger and acquisitions space, and you don’t read legal periodicals. You probably do not talk to lawyers every day.… Read the rest

Consult Experts Now for Advice on your Merger and Acquisition

October 21, 2017

Do not wait too long for advice. While meeting with a group of experienced consultants recently, we discussed mergers, what had worked, and what had not. We talked about clients from the nonlegal side, who wait too long to get advice on their mergers. They start doing things, preparing paperwork, discussing terms, and only later involve a team and lawyers. This is usually a big mistake.

Many business owners will say, “I don’t want to get lawyers involved, or I don’t want to get consultants involved because they will muck up the works; they will slow things down, and the deal will never get done.”

On the flipside, having trusted advice, having people you turn to, and building a team, can help you make sure that you make the right decisions and that you are not giving up terms.Read the rest

Do You Need LegalZoom or a Law Firm?

October 20, 2017

Do you need the services of a law firm, or have you ever considered using LegalZoom, the popular internet software for filling out online forms and documents? Or perhaps one of its competitors? Here are a few things to consider. LegalZoom documents state that you should use that service in conjunction with a lawyer because you should have your own counsel.

Why do they say this? Because their forms are complex. In our law firm’s experience, we have seen many people start to use LegalZoom forms and either fill them out incorrectly or get confused.Read the rest

Do You Need a Lawyer?

October 19, 2017

There may come a time in your company’s business when you must decide if you need to consult a lawyer. Here are some factors that can help you determine whether this is indeed necessary or not.

#1.  What is the amount at stake? If you are looking at low dollars, it is probably not cost beneficial to involve a lawyer. You probably can afford to take the financial risk of any losses.

#2.  What is the risk? What is your liability exposure?… Read the rest

Getting Fresh, New Thoughts into Your Business

October 18, 2017

As your business grows, you are going to have challenges. Our friends at Strategic Coach would call this the “ceiling of complexity.” At some point, your business will get so complicated that you will not be able to manage it effectively. You cannot figure out how to make the business work better, and it will not grow without new thought or fresh ways of thinking about it.

How do you get new ideas into your business? How do you bring outside perspective?… Read the rest

Finding Real Solutions in a Successful Partnership

October 17, 2017

Conflicts are going to happen, even in the most successful partnerships. As a partnership develops, some of the biggest struggles can be finding solutions to these conflicts. One of the reasons people shy away from partnerships is the possibility of disagreement. How do we put arrange things to make sure that the partnership minimizes the risk of disagreement and keeps the business progressing?

One key thing to do, when you are looking at a particular problem in your partnership, is to define the problems together before you start looking for answers.… Read the rest

All postings are intended to be planning tools to familiarize readers with some of the high-level issues discussed therein. No posting is intended to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your transaction planners including attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity.