Are You A Washington Business or Startup? 4 Reasons Why You Need ME and My Services

Starting or running a business takes a lot of work, and in the vast majority of cases, owners of those businesses aren’t legal experts. Large corporations are able to bring on an in-house counsel to handle any legal needs, but that is not financially possible for companies that are just starting out, or those that have limited budgets. This is why APH Law offers experienced outside general counsel, which can provide Read More

To Franchise or Not to Franchise? That is the Question

After starting and running a successful business, you may want to start expanding so you can increase profits even more and continue to grow exponentially. In many situations, franchising can be a great opportunity, but it is not without its risks. Before making any decisions, business owners should have a strong understanding of the main pros and cons of franchising. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (253) Read More

Nonprofits and the Law: The Three Basic Legal Duties of Nonprofit Board Members

For most people, serving as a board member of a nonprofit organization is quite an honor. In addition, however, there are also some serious responsibilities and legal obligations that need to be observed throughout a board member’s term in order to avoid issues. Specifically, board members for nonprofits have three duties, which are the duty of care, duty of loyalty, and the duty of obedience. Understanding each of Read More

Spot the Difference: Independent Contractors vs. Employees

Business owners know that it is necessary to have people performing work on their behalf in order to get everything done. There are many ways to bring people on to help accomplish all the necessary tasks. Two of the most common options are to hire on employees (either full time or part time) and to bring in independent contractors to complete work. As an employer, it is important to know the difference between these Read More

5 Important Aspects Every Client Service Contract Should Cover

When running a business, employees provide an invaluable service for things that need to be done on an ongoing basis. There are many times, however, when you need specific work done for a certain amount of time, or you need specialized services on a limited basis. When this is the case, bringing in outside contractors or vendors is an excellent option. In order to avoid conflicts and other issues, anyone who is Read More

When Playing Nice Just Doesn’t Work Anymore: 4 Common Causes of Partnership Disputes

Starting a business is an exciting experience, and doing it with a partner can be a great way to boost your chances of success. When things are just starting out, everything may go relatively smooth. Over time, however, conflict is almost inevitable. Companies that learn how to properly handle disputes are the ones that have the best chance at success, so take some time to learn about four common causes of disputes Read More

Funding Startups: 5 Ways to Raise Capital for Your Business

When you’re just getting your business started, there are times when you will need to get some extra capital. In the past, this typically meant approaching a bank with a proposal and hoping for the best. Today, however, there are more ways to raise capital than ever before. The following five options should always be considered, with the pros and cons of each weighed to ensure you’re following the right funding path Read More

Sworn to Secrecy: When to Leverage a Non-Disclosure Agreement

When running a business, there are many times when your employees need access to ‘company secrets.’ Whether it is a complex formula for a new product, or information about a future advertising campaign, you don’t want anyone sharing this information with the news, consumers, or competitors. To help ensure this doesn’t happen, you can have all employees, vendors, contractors, and anyone else with access to the Read More

Business Law 101: The Importance of Vendor Agreements

A vendor agreement, or vendor contract, is an important document because it identifies the terms and conditions of a relationship with a specific vendor. This includes things like identifying what services or goods will be provided, the price of these items, dates for delivery, and much more. These agreements can be made for a one-time event, or a long-term agreement. Taking the time to understand why vendor Read More

Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Franchising Opportunity

For those who are interested in running their own business, there are several paths to consider. Starting an entirely new business from scratch is often the first thing that comes to mind, but in many cases, it can also be the most difficult. If you don’t have a specific business idea in mind that would push you toward starting something unique, an excellent alternative is opening a franchise. Franchises are Read More