Category Archives: General Counsel

Piercing the Corporate Veil – Are you sure you’re a corporation?

A great man named George Costanza once said 'it's not a lie… if you believe it…" And this is just what many small business owners do – they lie to themselves by calling their business a corporation and then they say it and write it down so much that they believe it's true. Well, the problem is that to properly be a corporation, you have to follow procedures. You have to have meetings to take certain actions, you have...

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Mediation – Your Chance to Choose the Outcome

Mediation, while no longer really considered 'new,' is relatively still in its nascent stage – at least in terms of its use. You've probably heard the term thrown around or maybe you're reading this because you've got one coming up in your case. Your most important questions is probably 'what is mediation?' Luckily, the mediator will explain this in his or her opening statement before you're launched into the process. However, it's still pretty nerve-racking to walk into a process...
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5 Sure-fire Ways to Piss Off Your Lawyer…

Sure, lawyers are used to being the butt of jokes and even being hated. And sure, this is almost universal. Aside from the spouses, parents, grandparents, and children of attorneys, there are not too many folks out there talking about how great lawyers are… maybe that's because most people don't interact with attorneys until something has gone wrong – sometimes very wrong. Perplexing as it may be, some people enter the attorney's office, hire the attorney, and then...

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How to Properly Break a Contract

When you're in business, you have contracts. If you don't, you're probably doing something wrong. More importantly, when you enter contracts, you intend to keep your side of that contract and you surely expect the other side to keep its end of that promise. However, business is money and money drives decisions. That's why there are no punitive damages for breaking a contract. That said, you should consider the consequences because there likely are going to be consequential...

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How a good business plan can keep your money in your pocket (and out of your lawyer’s…)

Business plans are tedious, time-consuming, and ever-evolving. And sadly, they are rarely read…even by the creator. When we meet with a new client, no matter what the reason for their visit, we will ask if they have a business plan. More often than we'd like to mention, we are met with puzzled looks and dismissive answers. Basically – 'what does that have to do with anything? I'm in here for x, y, or z lawsuit.' Well, here's the...

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