Business Law & Contracts

3 Terms To Negotiate In Your Next Commercial Lease

Renting a first (or next) office space can be an stressful time in the life of a small business owner. You survey your options, decide on a budget and location, and then your landlord’s attorney sends you a long, incomprehensible lease form with a list of terms, and would like your signature...

Does Your Desired Business Name Already Exist?

Has your business picked and established a name, only to receive a cease and desist letter from a business claiming to already operate under or own rights to such a name/mark? Have you planned to use a name for your new business, but discovered that there are already other business(es)...

Startup Focus: Navigating the Trademark Process

Once you have decided to start your business, you may be wondering whether you should apply for a trademark to go along with your new venture. There are many benefits to registering a trademark for your startup, including an ability to use the mark to establish your unique brand and...

Understanding Different Kinds of Insurance Coverage and Application

Forrest P. Merithew, Attorney at Law, practices insurance coverage and defense, for businesses and individuals, in Asheville and Western North Carolina.  If you have been notified of a potential claim against you or your business, he may be able to protect your rights and assets by tendering your insurance policy on...

Business Entity Liability Protection and Keeping It

In previous blog articles, I have discussed measures outdoor recreation and adventure companies can properly maintain their business and activities to not only protect their clientele, but also their business, and personal assets (here and here).  Here, I will discuss how proper management of one’s business entity itself can further...

LLCs versus S Corporations

Overview Business entities are used and important for a number of reasons, primarily for tax opportunities or benefits and limiting personal liability. Currently, the two most popular business entities for small, privately owned businesses are Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and S Corporations, wherein a closely held corporation makes a valid...

The Growing Independent Contractor Employee Trend

Overview There is a growing trend of employers hiring employees as independent contractors for tax and benefit savings to the business. However, proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is essential because of potential federal and state tax, benefits, and overtime liabilities. First, an employer needs to evaluate...

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