5 Key Elements Every Construction Contract Should Contain

Considering the many different issues that can come up in a construction project, it's important to have a solid foundation that starts with a construction contract to minimize your liability. For the best protection against legal trouble, your contract should have certain key components. Familiarize yourself with these elements before you get started on your project. 1) The project's scope. “Scope of work” is a Read More

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Non Compete Agreements

If you own a business, many aspects of your operations are directly under your supervision. But if you want to grow, some areas need to be delegated to staff. Assuming that you cannot do everything yourself, a business owner has no choice but to hire employees and share details about your processes and customers. How do you protect your investment of time, effort and money on training employees and prevent them from Read More

Synergy Startup Accelerator Selects Jane Muir for Panel Counsel

We are pleased to announce that SYNERGY, a Connecticut-based consultancy for startup companies and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses, has selected our firm to assist the businesses in its new Accelerator with their legal needs. The SYNERGY team offers guidance in the fields of technology, marketing and early stage funding and offer entrepreneurs support that they need. Specifically, Read More

5 Common Ways Business Owners Expose Their Personal Assets to Liability

Many business owners’ worst fear is losing their home or their money in a lawsuit. For this reason, they incorporate their businesses. If you're the owner of a corporation or other business entity, your personal assets are generally safe from legal action against the company because the entity is considered a separate legal person that will be liable for its own actions. A lot of things have to go wrong before your Read More

Your Company’s Contingency Plan: How A Buy-Sell Agreement Can Benefit Your Business

Relationships are critical in business, especially when it comes to your co-owners or partners. It is crucial to place your trust in people who will work hard, bring complementary skills to the table, and keep up with their responsibilities to your business—and it's equally important to have a contingency plan in case anything should happen to your partners. A buy-sell agreement is intended to clearly spell out your Read More

Business Licenses: Which Ones Do You Need and Why?

So you have a booming business concept, a location in mind, and a plan of action all lined up. What's next? Before you start putting your vision in motion, you'll need to make sure your business can legally operate within your city and state. That means applying for the right licenses and permits. Check this quick guide for an overview of the licenses and permits you'll need to get started—and the reasons why they're Read More

Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: How to Protect Trade Secrets with a Nondisclosure Agreement

Can you keep a secret? When your company has confidential information that needs to stay in your company, there is a contract that you can use to keep the information under wraps. It's called a “Non-Disclosure Agreement,” and it's one of the best ways to protect your trade secrets. Non-Disclosure Agreements, “NDAs,” or “Confidentiality Agreements” are contracts that legally obligate the signing parties to protect Read More

The Prenup for Entrepreneurs: Why Your Business Needs an Operating Agreement

An operating agreement is a document used to set the rules and structure for management, decision-making, dispute resolution, and dissolution of any corporate entity.[1] When do you need to use one? In some cases, you don't have a choice. Certain states legally require an operating agreement if your company has multiple owners. Florida does not, however, and because of the investment in cost and time it may be Read More

LegalZoom Loses Lawsuits: Drawbacks to the DIY Approach to Litigation

Online services exist for just about anything. Sometimes, they can offer convenience and speed, like an online bank account. But what about professional services, like from a doctor or lawyer? You may have heard your family physician warn you not to seek medical advice from “Dr. Google” and websites that provide generic medical advice, such as WebMD. [1] For legal problems, websites like LegalZoom threaten clients Read More

Start Your Startup: Five Steps to Starting a Business Legally

Your brain is probably brimming with ideas for your startup, but ideas require action before they can take shape! Follow these 5 steps to ensure you meet the legal requirements for starting a business. [1] Step 1: Choose and Create Your Business Entity The first legal step towards starting a business involves choosing a business entity. [2] Sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), and Read More