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Whose Trademark Is It Anyway?

Our expert speaks to the nuances of trademark law.

How Can I Get Out of a Non-Compete?

I signed a two-year non-compete agreement last November with a company for which I used to work. I haven't been doing much since leaving that position. Now I have a can't-miss opportunity to do simila...

Do I Owe Subcontractors Health Insurance?

I'm a self-employed sole proprietor (doing consulting/contract work) and I am thinking about hiring one or two subcontractors this year. A friend of mine told me that if I do that, I'll be liable for...

Can I Start a U.S. Business As an International Student?

I am an international student currently earning a master's degree in the United States. A friend and I want to start a web company. We each hold an F-1 visa. I already have a Social Security number bu...

What Do I Need to Start a Consulting Business?

I'm looking into launching a consulting company for people who want to start businesses themselves or who have failing businesses and need help. I would not do the actual consulting, but will match th...

What Type of Holding Company Should I Create?

I would like to create a holding company that I can use to purchase existing small businesses. My plan is to purchase an existing "Beverage Drive-Thru" business that has been established for approxima...

Do I Need a Trademark?

My business is an internet-based film production company. Do I have to trademark my company name in order to use it in every state within the U.S. and countries outside of the U.S.? What other legal i...

How Can I Make Sure I Get Paid?

I currently have a small business that is bringing in a decent amount of work doing street light location design in Phoenix. I had been working with a smaller company that was bought by a larger compa...

What Are My Rights as an Investor?

My partner and I started a restaurant two years ago. He put in the majority of the money, but I invested about 20 percent and have been running the restaurant by myself. Due to certain differences, he...

How Do I Bring Partners into the Business?

I have come to a point where I need more people to help me install renewable enery products in Mexico. One of the people who wants to partner with me is a good friend but he has a friend with a lot of...

When Do I Need a Business License?

I'm in the process of starting a small wood and toy shop in Maine. But as I am a sole proprietor, located more than 30 miles from a town but right on a major traffic throughfare, what would be conside...

What Ownership Stake Should a Departing Partner Keep?

I co-invented a line of products with a friend. We own 100 percent of the company, in equal parts, so I own 50 percent. I need to leave the company due to personal reasons and my partner needs to brin...

How Do I Start a Personal Training Business?

I would like to create a Pennsylvania-based personal training business where I would come to the client's home to train him or her. I have a nationally-accredited personal trainer certification as wel...

Do I need an occupational license to work from home?

Do I need to register a P.O. box as my business address?

My subcontractor has stopped coming into work, what are my options?

I gave this subcontractor a 1099 to fill out that he never returned. He worked for about two weeks and then suddenly stopped showing up for work.

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