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Legal Basics For Startups

Whose Trademark Is It Anyway?

Our expert speaks to the nuances of trademark law.
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

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...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need an occupational license to work from home?

Do I need to register a P.O. box as my business address?
Legal Basics For Startups

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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