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

Is Your Business Staring Down the Barrel of a Lawsuit? Take These Four Steps First!

Owning a business can be very rewarding, but it does come with some potential downsides. If a business runs long enough, it is almost inevitable that a lawsuit will be filed against it for one reason or another. While unpleasant, it doesn’t have to cause devastation if you handle it properly. The following four steps can help you to ensure you are prepared for whatever comes your way. 1. Talk to an Read More

More Bang for Your Buck: 4 Reasons Why Valuating Your Business is Necessary

If you own a business, you likely have a good understanding of how much money it is bringing in, what types of expenses it has, and many other pieces of information related to its financial health. One of the most important, yet most often overlooked, factors about your business is going to be how much it is actually worth. Valuating your business is absolutely essential for many things throughout the lifecycle of Read More

Iron-Clad: 5 Tips for Stronger Contracts

A contract is really only as good as the information that it includes. If your business is using contracts (and it should be), you need to do all you can to make sure they are as close to “iron-clad” as possible. In the eyes of the courts, there is a huge difference between a poorly-written contract and one that is done right. Learn about some of the different things that you can do to help ensure your contracts will Read More

Get Courtside Seats to the Washington State Civil Litigation Process

The United States is a litigious society, and as a business owner—regardless of what type of business you are running—the chances are that eventually you will find yourself in a difficult situation where the courts need to be involved. Whether this means you are being sued by another party, or you need to sue someone else, it is a good idea to have at least a basic understanding of what you’ll be going through. If Read More

Business Law Basics: What’s the Difference Between an Asset Sale and a Stock Sale?

If you are trying to raise some capital for your business, two popular options that you may want to consider include asset sales and stock sales. Understanding what these options are, and the benefits of each, is an important step in deciding which route you want to take. What is an Asset Sale? An asset sale is when the business owner will retain their ownership in the business, but sell off specific assets of Read More

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