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The Big Benefits Behind These Three Little Letters: D.B.A.Play Video

The Big Benefits Behind These Three Little Letters: D.B.A. (Video)

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A "Doing Business As" filing can be used to both start or expand a current business on the quick. Here, accounting whiz Mark Kohler parses the innumerable ways he loves DBAs.
October 16, 2013 in Legal Center
Legal Basics: What You Need to Know About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Legal Basics: What You Need to Know About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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If you plan on running a contest, make sure your promotion is DMCA-compliant first.
October 2, 2013 in Legal Center
A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

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While non-disclosure agreements can help protect you, be careful about how you use them.
September 23, 2013 in Legal Center
Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

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Your idea isn't the only thing that needs protection. Your name, your logo, your images and your sounds--are the intellectual property that makes your business your own.
September 16, 2013 in Legal Center
Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

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Deciding when to put an Inc. at the end of your company name can seem like a big step, but those three letters can offer some precious protections.
September 9, 2013 in Legal Center
Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

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Getting the best counsel for your buck is a big step for every startup. Our experts suggest 5 ways to do it right.
September 3, 2013 in Legal Center
7 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Your Business Entity

7 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Your Business Entity

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There's a lot of wrong information out there when it comes to deciding how you ought to incorporate your business. Don't make these seven mistakes.
September 3, 2013 in Legal Center
Why Friends And Family Are Your Worst Business Enemies

Why Friends And Family Are Your Worst Business Enemies

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Investing with friends and family is usually a recipe for disaster. If you're going to go for it, here are some essential legal steps to keep your finances and friendships from falling apart.
August 26, 2013 in Legal Center
7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

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When it comes to copyright, how savvy are you? Here are the biggest misconceptions business-owners have about using copyrighted material.
August 20, 2013 in Legal Center
What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

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No matter how much 'you know you want it,' chances are your business idea is not original. Here's what you can do to stay out of legal trouble.
August 20, 2013 in Legal Center
How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

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Handshakes, verbal agreements and even email documentation aren't enough to ensure you aren't in legal trouble should a business relationship go sour. Here's how to protect yourself.
August 16, 2013 in Legal Center
Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

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It's easy to hire the wrong lawyer and not realize it until you've lost lots of money. Here are four signs to watch out for.
August 12, 2013 in Legal Center
Don't Launch Your Business Without Covering These Legal Bases

Don't Launch Your Business Without Covering These Legal Bases

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Too many entrepreneurs risk losing their business by not taking care of these six crucial legal aspects.
August 8, 2013 in Legal Center
How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Microsoft's SkyDrive Trademark Misstep

How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Microsoft's SkyDrive Trademark Misstep

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Follow these expert tips for naming your startup and protecting your brand from trademark infringement.
August 6, 2013 in Legal Center
Using Someone Else's Intellectual Property Comes At a Price

Using Someone Else's Intellectual Property Comes At a Price

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In the IP wars, you have to figure out if a potential violation is worth the penalties you might pay.
July 26, 2013 in Legal Center
How Not to Get Sued When You Start Mobile Marketing

How Not to Get Sued When You Start Mobile Marketing

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Keep these four concepts in mind to avoid legal issues with your mobile marketing campaign.
July 11, 2013 in Legal Center
How to Ask Your Partner for a Prenup

How to Ask Your Partner for a Prenup

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Starting a new marriage is exciting, but bringing up the subject of protecting your business can be awkward. Here are five tips to start the conversation.
June 19, 2013 in Legal Center
Why Rupert Murdoch's Divorce Is a Wakeup Call for Business Owners

Why Rupert Murdoch's Divorce Is a Wakeup Call for Business Owners

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Here's a look at three common scenarios an entrepreneur may face and possible solutions for divorce-proofing your company.
June 17, 2013 in Legal Center
Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

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Several lawmakers took action and proposed anti-trolling bills in the months leading up to Tuesday's White House crackdown.
June 4, 2013 in Legal Center
How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

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You are ready to introduce your invention to the world, but first you should consider whether your new product requires a patent to help make it commercially viable.
May 22, 2013 in Legal Center
3 Tips for Doing Deals With Big Companies

3 Tips for Doing Deals With Big Companies

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A role-playing event at a New York City incubator shows what early-stage startups should look out for when trying to land their first big client.
May 21, 2013 in Legal Center
Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

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Combating patent-law abuse was among the subjects the President talked about in a Google Hangout following up his State of the Union address.
February 15, 2013 in Legal Center
3 Critical Elements of Client AgreementsPlay Video

3 Critical Elements of Client Agreements (Video)

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Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines what's needed before you begin working with a client.
October 18, 2012 in Legal Center
3 Steps to Avoiding Late PaymentsPlay Video

3 Steps to Avoiding Late Payments (Video)

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Attorney Nina Kaufman offers advice on collecting payments from customers in a timely and efficient way.
October 4, 2012 in Legal Center
3 Reasons to Consider a Legal Exit StrategyPlay Video

3 Reasons to Consider a Legal Exit Strategy (Video)

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Attorney Nina Kaufman explains how an exit strategy can be useful if unexpected situations arise.
September 18, 2012 in Legal Center
These Entrepreneurs Fought the Law. . . And Won.

These Entrepreneurs Fought the Law. . . And Won.

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From zoning ordinances to quirky local statutes, legal issues can slow down a launch or expansion. Some entrepreneurs take matters into their own hands.
May 22, 2012 in Legal Center
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