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MINIMUM WAGE LAW IN CALIFORNIA

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With the new year comes new laws and the one that every employer needs to know is the minimum wage increase in California.  The minimum wage is the minimum hourly rate that nearly all California employees must be paid for their work by law.  In California, the applicable minimum wage depends on the size of…

202108.04
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MUST HAVE CHECKLIST FOR STARTUPS

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Starting your own business can be a difficult task and complying with all of the legal requirements can be overwhelming. The following list includes the most important elements any startup should meet to avoid a list of potential legal issues. 1)         Form the proper business entity Choosing the proper business entity for your startup…

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WHAT IS A COPYRIGHT?

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There is much confusion around what people can trademark or copyright.  A copyright is a type of legal protection given to content creators and artists. When a person creates a story, a work of art, or a piece of software, the copyright provides legal ownership of the work. The creator receives exclusive rights to the…

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT STATE TO REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS IN 2021

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The real question is: “Which State do you want to get sued in?” Embarking on a new business venture can be both challenging and rewarding. One of the biggest challenges a new business owner faces is choosing a state of incorporation or the state in which their business will be registered. Choosing the state of…

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WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO INCORPORATE?

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Have you been thinking about starting a business or incorporating a business or an existing sole proprietorship?  If so, you might be wondering what’s the best time to incorporate.  Should you try to squeeze it in before the end of the year or wait until next year? Below are three tips for determining when is…

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SERVICE DOGS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Many people with disabilities use a service animal in order to fully participate in everyday life.  Dogs can be trained to perform many important tasks to assist people with disabilities, such as providing stability for a person who has difficulty walking, picking up items, preventing a child with autism from wandering away, or altering a…

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HELPING YOUR KID START A LEGAL BUSINESS

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Lemonade stands and lawn mowing are popular ways for kids to earn pocket change, but could they get in legal trouble for their entrepreneurial activities?  Kids just want to be kids, but kids also want to be grown-ups.  That’s why letting kids have a neighborhood lemonade stand, yard sales or lawn mowing businesses is a…

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BUSINESS CONTRACTS POST COVID-19

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Small business owners affected by COVID-19 know all too well the importance of written agreements in these uncertain times.  What gets included, and what doesn’t, can make or break a small business when the unexpected happens.  There are sever strategies you might consider to reduce uncertainty when drafting your own contracts post pandemic.  1.WHAT SHOULD…

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COVID-19 LIABILITY WAIVERS

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As we are nearing the holiday session, there is no clear date for businesses and activities to fully reopen across the United States and California. More and more attention has been given to what protections businesses have from COVID-19 related lawsuits. Many businesses find it a necessity to reopen during this time of uncertainty in…