Startups

Why You Need a Trademark Search Run Before Starting Your Business

It happens too often: I sit down for the first time with a client who has spent thousands of dollars marketing their brand name only to find that the brand they’ve fallen in love with, and spent countless hours developing...
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Atlanta Is Working to Become the Next Paradise for Startups

Silicon Valley has long been the place to go for startups, especially for those in the tech industry. But because of the competition in Silicon Valley—as well as its high cost of living—many startups are looking to Atlanta to stake...
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Securing an Attorney for Your Small Business

Starting a business is one of the most stressful things a person can do in their life, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. With all the work that goes into starting a business, one crucial task...
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Corporate Minutes: Partnership Agreements (continued)

Last week we talked about Barry and Tom, two best friends who started a business together. Once they came to see us for legal advice, we encouraged them to memorialize their agreement in a formal Operating Agreement. Why? The agreement...
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Corporate Minutes: Partnership Agreements

Barry and Tom are going to start a business together. They’re neighbors, the best of friends, they watch Monday Night Football together every week. They’re such good friends, that they decide to start their company on a handshake and because...
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The Dangers of Setting up your Business Without an Attorney

In this blog, I'll discuss why it is important to hire an attorney to help you start your business. In Today's Market, it Makes the Most Sense to Hire Experts Rather than 1-Stop Shops There was a time when a...
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Business Toolkit: Your Template Contracts: Avoiding Loopholes, Material Breaches, and Substantial Performance

Writing contracts is a difficult task, and many people resort to online stock / template contracts that were written for the wrong side. In any case, most businesses need to refresh their contracts every few years to keep up with...
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Why You Should Never Use LegalZoom or use DIY Online Documents

One Size Does Not Fit All Your company is unique. Successful entrepreneurs have unique businesses. To win in the business world, you’ve got to be doing something that’s different from the companies that are already out there making money. This...
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Business Toolkit: Company Types Part 3: LLCs (Yes! We Finally Figured it Out!)

And so we come to the end, or the beginning? When we started with Partnerships, we discussed the age-old fiduciary duty doctrines and the, often archaic, structures that general partnerships provide. We then moved on to the wonderful legal technology...
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When “We’ll be Together Forever” Goes Sour; How to Protect Yourself When Partners Part Ways (Part 3)

Part 1 and Part 2 of this post have to do with how we can protect ourselves—and our companies—from common, avoidable, legal issues. This entry is a continuation that gets into more depth, going through some specific examples. A) Help!...
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