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Are You Entitled to Unpaid Time Off Without Risking Your Job?

The Family and Medical Leave Act may provide unpaid time off due to the serious health condition of an employee or an employee’s immediate family member. However, only certain employers, known as “covered employers,” are required to comply with this law. Additionally, employees must meet certain basic requirements before they are entitled to the leave….

What Is Required to Form a Binding Contract?

Most business owners are savvy enough to know that a contract is an enforceable agreement between two or more people or entities. However, you may or may not realize the fundamental elements of a valid contract. Understanding the basic components of a legally valid contract can be very helpful in conducting daily business activities so…

Landmark Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Will Have Monumental Effects

In June, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a highly publicized case upholding the rights of same-sex couples to marry. This decision has widespread implications in various areas, many of which have not been anticipated in mainstream media coverage. Background on Same-Sex Legality  Most of the plaintiffs were same-sex…

Different Types of Business Entities

So you’ve decided to start a business. It’s a very exciting time, but fraught with many decisions. One of the first, which can impact everything from taxation to liability, is the choice of a business entity. Should you opt for a traditional sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, or an alternate business entity? Today we…

What Is a Trust?

Most everyone needs a trust, and most folks don’t know it. Why You Need Trust A trust will save you thousands and thousands of dollars. But what is it? A trust is a legal creation set up to benefit someone or something. For example, some people set up trusts to benefit their children, their grandchildren,…

Ridesharing: Who Cares If Drivers Are Employees or Independent Contractors?

  Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have been front and center in recent media stories and court decisions. All across the country, drivers have brought lawsuits arguing that they are employees of these companies, rather than independent contractors. If you own a business and think these stories have no relevance to you, think…

The Top Three Things to Know Before You Sign a Residential Lease

  The Top Three If you own your home or you’ve been renting so long that this information is old hat to you, consider sharing the details with a young adult or almost adult in your family who would benefit from this knowledge. One of the best ways to pass on your family wealth is…

Alternatives to Trial: Alternative Dispute Resolution

If you are involved in a lawsuit, the thought of going to trial may be intimidating. Many people have never been in a courtroom, so they envision a large, formal room with wooden trim, an overbearing judge in a long, black robe, and a jury that appears condemning. Most lawsuits, however, never go to trial….

Consider Your Estate Plan Before Your Holiday Travel

  Dear Friends, It’s holiday season when travel is the busiest and careful planning is necessary to nab the best airfare or book that awesome hotel before it slips away. One thing that is probably not on your travel to-do list is estate planning, but it should be so you can travel with peace of…

Asset Protection for the Small Business Owner

      According to the U.S. Small Business Association, small businesses create almost two of every three jobs in the U.S. every year, and half of working Americans are either owners or employees of a small business. Asset Protection Guidelines The SBA advises entrepreneurs to seek counsel while in the initial phases of getting…

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