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One of the most common questions I get when discussing trademarks is when is an appropriate time to submit an application for a registration of a trademark. It is a good question that involves a number of factors. But the trademark office breaks things down...

Many small and creative businesses are interested in trademarking their business name or logo. While it may seem like a daunting task and does take some time (approximately six months without any bumps in the road), registering a trademark is something that can be done...

I want to talk for a moment about a legislative campaign called “Ban the Box.” Essentially, Ban the Box is a prohibition on asking job applicants if they have been convicted of a crime. Most job applications have a question: have you ever been convicted...

When I first set out to open my own firm, I had a vision of being a pro-active attorney and an advisor rather than just a reactive problem problem-solver. I wanted to be an advisor to small businesses to give them access to affordable, consistent legal services, and...

One of the things that you are going to see that is a little bit different on my website is numbers. One of the most difficult things that small business owners face when they need to deal with attorneys is knowing how much it is...

In January of 2018, I was taking a stock of where I was with my business, where I wanted to go, and what I was interested in doing. I started to review my clients and all of the work I’d put in until this point. I...

I am often called to review employee manuals to ensure both their legal compliance and make an opinion about what is appropriate and what’s not. Many employers are interested in legal support for their Employee Manuals to determine what kinds of policies can help protect...

A couple of times a year I give a talk to small business owners and prospective owners about legal risk management. We say “legal risk management,” and we do talk about specific kinds of legal risk that are present, but what we really do is...

One of the most important functions of any contract is identifying and managing risk. Most people prefer to avoid confrontation. With conflict avoidance comes a reluctance to address what could go wrong that could possibly ruin a relationship. But, identifying and managing the risk is...