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A Business Name vs. a Trademark: Do You Know the Difference?
Trademarks

A Business Name vs. a Trademark: Do You Know the Difference?

One gives you protection in your state only; the other gives protection in all 50.
Nellie Akalp
6 Ways to Protect Your Home in a Business Lawsuit
Tax Center

6 Ways to Protect Your Home in a Business Lawsuit

Don't let the memories and money you've invested in your home get taken away. Find out how to protect your home from business creditors.
Mark J. Kohler
Tax Trouble? Avoid These 9 Common -- and Costly -- Mistakes.
Taxes

Tax Trouble? Avoid These 9 Common -- and Costly -- Mistakes.

Sound tax and accounting procedures are essential to growing a financially secure company. But multiple hiccups threaten the accuracy of these processes, elevating the risk of compliance penalties and reputational harm.
Anand Daga
What You Need to Know to Protect Your Big Idea
Legal Advice

What You Need to Know to Protect Your Big Idea

Trademarks, patents and copyrights are esoteric legal matters of huge importance to entrepreneurs.
Charley Moore
How to Protect Your Company From Your Business Partner's Divorce
Partnerships

How to Protect Your Company From Your Business Partner's Divorce

Make sure problems in one partner's personal life don't wreak professional havoc.
Steph Wagner
The Legal Advice Mark Cuban Didn't Take
Legal

The Legal Advice Mark Cuban Didn't Take

But that doesn't mean you -- and your business -- should follow suit.
Steve Cook
Protect Your Brand, Oprah Style: 5 Legal Strategies She Uses (And You Should, Too)
Branding

Protect Your Brand, Oprah Style: 5 Legal Strategies She Uses (And You Should, Too)

Besides investing in trademarking strategies, a chief component and underlying thread to Oprah's mega-success is keeping her brand strong by preventing dilution.
Jo-Ná A. Williams
How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)
Infographics

How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)

A step-by-step guide on how to find out if your invention has already been patented. We're crossing our fingers it hasn't.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Before You Use DIY Legal Sites, Consider These Risks
Legal

Before You Use DIY Legal Sites, Consider These Risks

Before you add 'amateur attorney' to your job description, it's important to take a step back and consider if a DIY legal approach is really best for your business.
Autumn Gentry and Keith Dennen
What Advisors Have Taught Me
Straight Talk

What Advisors Have Taught Me

Our online panel shares how great advisors have shaped their businesses.
Linda Lacina
3 Key Agreements Every Family Business Needs in Writing
Family Businesses

3 Key Agreements Every Family Business Needs in Writing

Sadly, family businesses are not immune to the disputes that afflict every business. Putting agreements in writing can save the family, as well as the business.
Daphne Mallory
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Lori Hoberman.
Ask the Expert

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Lori Hoberman.

Our expert this month is a lawyer, and she is looking to take your questions on entity formation, employee compensation, funding and more.
Andrea Huspeni
What to Do If Someone Uses Your Trademark
Trademarks

What to Do If Someone Uses Your Trademark

The saying, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' just doesn't fly when dealing with trademarks.
Nellie Akalp
What Obama's Order Banning Gay Discrimination Means for Businesses
Legal Issues

What Obama's Order Banning Gay Discrimination Means for Businesses

Many entrepreneurs may be surprised to learn that federal laws have not addressed sexual-orientation or gender-identity bias inside private companies.
Jonathan Segal