A Business Owner’s Quick Guide to Land Use and Zoning Disputes

Since the early 20th century, urban areas throughout the United States have been adopting zoning ordinances. This means they have created special laws that regulate the ways in which real estate can be used and developed. The purpose of land use and zoning laws is to divide a town, city, or even a rural area into three types of zones: residential, commercial, and industrial. This is an important part of city planning Read More

4 Benefits of Incorporating Your Business (And How an Attorney Can Help!)

Incorporating your Washington business certainly has its benefits. However, many business owners make the decision to incorporate after reading a few websites by self-professed “experts” before heading over to the State website, filling out the forms, and hitting submit. You pay the filing fee, plus the fee to designate a registered agent, and then have a celebratory drink because you didn’t waste money on an Read More

7 Reasons to Consider Incorporating Your Business

Starting a business is one of the most monumental things people will do in their lives. There will come a time when you realize there are huge risks with such a bold move. The following are some good reasons to incorporate your business to protect against some of those uncertainties: 1. Your personal assets are protected. Small business owners are responsible for the finances of the business – taking out loans, Read More

Business Law 101: How to Reduce the Chances of Facing a Lawsuit

Running a business is a great way to make a living and can be exciting in many other ways. One of the challenges, however, is managing all your legal risks. Most small-business owners are great at the specific things that their business is responsible for, but may not be as interested in the legal aspects of things, which can land them in trouble. The following simple tips can help you to protect yourself, and your Read More

4 Common Misconceptions About General Counsel Services

Owning your own business is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. It can also be one of the most challenging. One thing that many business owners fail to do, which makes everything much more difficult, is getting the help they need. Specifically, getting legal assistance when needed is often avoided because it is assumed it will be too expensive or not worth the time. If you look at all Read More

Planning to Sell Your Business? 5 Steps to Take Ahead of Time

Selling your business is a huge decision, and one that you do not want to rush into. Taking the right steps now can help ensure you don’t regret your decision to sell, and also maximize the sale price, so you are happy with the results. Whether you’re just starting to think about selling your business or you are ready to sell right away, the following steps should always be taken. Look at Your Reasons for Read More

Operating a Washington Non-Profit: 5 Legal Mistakes to Avoid

Non-profit organizations in Washington do an immeasurable amount of good and help millions of people each year. Those who are interested in starting or running a non-profit, however, have to be very careful to ensure they are doing it correctly so they can avoid any legal issues. The following are several of the most common legal mistakes, and how to avoid them when operating a non-profit organization. Failing to Read More

Is Your Business Facing a Lawsuit? Take These 5 Steps First

If you are running your own business it is a matter of when, not if, you will have a lawsuit filed against you. Just about every business that serves customers will eventually go through this, so it makes sense to be prepared. In many cases the lawsuits can end up getting dismissed or the damages will be fairly minimal if you can present a strong defense. As soon as you become aware that you are being sued, take the Read More

Setting Yourself Up for Success | How to Create a Strong Vendor Agreement

For many companies, using vendors is a great way to accomplish business goals without having to be responsible for everything that takes place. Vendors can be a great way to complete one-time tasks or perform highly specialized work. When working with vendors, you will need to have a vendor agreement written up and signed by all parties involved. A strong vendor agreement will make the working relationship easier for Read More

Your 21st Century John Hancock: The Legal Implications of Electronic Signatures

Throughout the vast majority of history, if you wanted a contract to be legally enforceable, you needed to have all relevant parties sign it to show that they agreed to the terms. With the popularity of the Internet, video conferencing, and other long-distance business deals, however, it has become largely unnecessary to have a traditional signature on documents. Instead, people are able to use electronic signatures Read More