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I’ve written about this topic before, but it keeps reasserting itself in client questions, comments, and requests on a regular basis – so, I suppose it’s time to write about it again. “We want a quick one page agreement.” “Collin, I need a simple commercial lease, no more than three pages.” “They don’t like written agreements, they will never sign this – it’s too complicated.” “I remember the good ol’ days when deals were done on a handshake. Why can’t it be like that anymore?” Lets get right down to brass tacks: There is no conceivable way a three page…
For a relatively short and simple document, a corporate resolution can be of the utmost importance. The use of corporate resolutions are imperative to the lawful continuation of your business. So today, I am going to walk you through the basics of corporate resolutions and why they are so important. What is a corporate resolution? A corporate resolution is a document that creates a formal written record of decisions made by a corporation’s board of directors. Resolutions are binding on companies and should be safely saved and stored. Resolutions may be voted on during a meeting or they may be…
Don’t forget our upcoming seminars: Jan. 14 – Trademarks: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134033920063 Jan. 21 – Copyrights: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134073799343 Jan. 28 – Patents: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077022985 Feb. 4 – Trade Secrets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077117267 Feb. 11 – IP Contracts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077197507 These are at 9:00 am Central Time via Zoom. You are welcome to come to one, a few or all. Proceeds will go to the Doyenne Group. P.S. that awesome graphic was created by our very own Hannah Best!…
We want you to start your 2021 armed with knowledge! Strong Foundations is a presentation series to help owners of companies build their knowledge of key legal concepts and then use this knowledge to grow their companies on those strong foundations.  This first series will discuss intellectual property including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and contracts relating to these concepts. You can get more information and sign up at the links below. Jan. 14 – Trademarks: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134033920063 Jan. 21 – Copyrights: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134073799343 Jan. 28 – Patents: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077022985 Feb. 4 – Trade Secrets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077117267 Feb. 11 – IP Contracts: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134077197507 These are at 9:00…
Ah, the Panama Papers – remember that? What about “Essential Consultants, LLC” – does that ring a bell? Without going down the rabbit hole that either of those links could send you down (c’mon – click one!) suffice it to say that both were made possible by federalism and the fact that corporations and LLC’s are a creation of state statute – not federal law. This translates into a patchwork of laws and regulations that govern the creation of business entities in our country, and by extension, the amount of information the owners have to disclose to the…
It is December, which means we’re busy wrapping up client work that needs to be done by the year’s end.  But it also means that we are planning for 2021.  We have big plans.  I hope some of them can involve seeing you in person, but even if not, we still need to figure out a way to meet our goals.  Some of our goals are making our internal processes more efficient.  If you know me, you know I love me some processes.  Some of our goals are how we can better serve our existing clients.  How can we listen…
My last blog post covered the ins and outs of obtaining proper licensing for live-streamed audio-visual events. However, that was merely talking about individual songs – not entire theatrical performances, like musicals or plays. My not-so-secret secret is that I adore musicals. Even the deeply tragic ones bring me so much joy. Fortunately, the concept of live streaming musicals is catching on. And thank goodness, because I would feel utterly deprived without them! Not shockingly, I want to use this blog entry to talk about copyright and licensing as they pertain to live-streamed musicals. I want to note that this…
It’s my favorite time of year. I do love celebrating the harvest as much as the next guy – but I really love November because the SEC Enforcement Report is published. If you work in securities, or have an affinity for all things Ponzi scheme (like me) – it’s a wonderful season. This post is about the SEC’s annual enforcement report and one of my favorite topics in white collar crime: the Ponzi scheme. Read on for more information. The Enforcement Report For the uninitiated – the Securities and Exchange Commission is the government agency tasked with regulating the offering…
We help business owners buy and sell companies. It can be fun; it can be stressful. It always makes for a busy year end. Often, we first get asked about the deal once the buyer and seller have already found each other. Sometimes many of the terms are set. Great! Other times, a business owner comes to us and says, “I want to sell my business.” But they don’t know many details, like, to whom, for how much, or really, what is being sold. They do know they want it sold now though because they are tired. That is a…
During a time where almost everything is being done virtually, it is more important than ever that we inform ourselves on copyright law and the licenses and permissions needed to lawfully conduct our desired activities in a virtual environment. I don’t know about you, but I really miss going to live musical performances. Fortunately, I can still get my fill of musical delight through a variety of live streamed virtual events and performances. So, in hopes that it will encourage you to host your own events and further satisfy my craving, I am going to walk you through what’s needed…
I have been a fan of the library for a long time. If you don’t have a library card, I suggest getting one right away. The library, even in a small town like mine, is a source of amazing resources – books, music, online courses, software, and more (not to mention, free book delivery from numerous surrounding libraries). However, I’d be lying if I said I read as much for fun, as I’d like to. We read a ton for work, and over the past few years, I’ve found myself filling my free time (especially in the colder months) with…
The FifteenthNineteenth, and Twenty-sixth state that voting rights of U.S. citizens cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18. Therefore, we hope that you have been able to exercise your right to vote. Unlike Lewis the Cat, who has no such right.…
Brexit has been, well, let’s say bumpy. One thing that has seen a bit less turbulence than other areas of contention is trademarks. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that what I write below remains true as it has all year. For those not regularly pursuing international trademarks, a very quick primer: When registering a trademark in much of Europe, you have a choice. You can either register it in a singular country, or if that country is part of the EU, you can register it with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”). That covers all of the countries…
With Halloween approaching there are more scary things than usual sending chills down my spine. Some of these things are fun-scary, like playing spooky pranks on friends, covering my eyes for most of a horror flick, or taking witching hour strolls through poorly lit cemeteries. Then there are things like the current economic crisis sending a whole different type of chill down my spine. You know what really doesn’t help life amidst an economic crisis? A threat to your cherished and reputable brand or to the trademark you thought was safe merely because it is registered with the United States Patent and…
Words matter; but what you actually do matters more. When the words and actions don’t line up – trouble is brewing. This post is about Privacy Policies and why, just like other contracts, copying and pasting one from the Internet may not be the best idea. Read on for more information. Privacy Policies are notoriously copied; everyone knows it. Fortune 500 companies with an army of in-house lawyers copy them from each other, so you can imagine how many smallmedium”regular” sized companies are out there rolling with “hot” Policies…. On the one hand, I understand a little copying. As a…
We previously talked about why a company would want restrictive covenants, but it isn’t just the company acting.  The employees are agreeing to the non-compete, non-solicitation, or non-disclosure provisions, too.  As for employees, they need to understand: 1) what they can and cannot do during their employment and afterwards, and 2) why it matters.  Their willingness to follow the restrictions in 1 is directly related to their understanding and buy-in to 2.  If they think you are just trying to crush their ability to make their mortgage, then they will be more likely to test those boundaries.  Then you will spend more time,…