While the best thing to do is to have the assistance of an attorney, anyone can write a contract for themselves (but not for other people unless you're a licensed attorney). If you insist of writing the contract yourself, then we have some tips:
Each week the CCSK team goes live from Facebook to answer any questions from the online world and see what tips can be offered. The premise is: most will take legal tips from someone at the bar, instead of someone that took that bar so the CCSK team combined the 2 ideas and brings you: Tips from the Bar! As a new year hits, CCSK took a moment to recap all of the great education from 2017 and the best of all of those videos. Check them out here:
We have two court systems in the United States: The Federal and the State courts. Both Federal and State courts have pros and cons, and here are some tips from the team at CCSK of when you may or may not go to federal court:
For Kurt Kazmierczak, Attorney at Law for Carr, Chelovich, Skadberg & Kazmierczak in Valparaiso, one of the most important things about running a law practice is making sure information is relatable and accessible. This is true for all areas of law, but nowhere more clearly than when it comes to filing for bankruptcy, which many can find daunting and even scary.
Domenica Hartman of Hartman Global Intellectual Property Law gave a talk this November at Purdue West Lafayette for the Women in Engineering Seminar, something she has done for the last twenty years. Engineering is a field that has been lacking female participants for some years, which is why encouragement and enticement are so vital to seeing the field level out on a more equal footing. In 2012, just under 20 percent of Bachelor’s degrees in engineering were for women, which includes a vast array of areas within the field, whether chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or software to name a few.
Not many people know what it is to be a Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. Fewer even have heard of the CASA program. But CASA Volunteers serve a vital function in our court system. They represent to the court the needs and interests of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They offer hope to these children for a better home, and a better life.
Americans are fascinated by law. There are countless police procedural shows on TV and they are consistently some of the highest rated shows decade after decade. But let’s face it: there are a lot of laws.
There are federal laws, state laws, county laws, and city laws. And that’s just going geographically. There are also many different types and sections of law, each with its own nuances and hurdles that make it difficult to understand just what to do or where to go.
A lot of people are going to be enjoying a meal together with family at some point the next week or so, myself included.
Don't recreate the wheel if you do not have to. There are times when you do not want to start a business from scratch because it will be more efficient and easier to invest into a business that is already running. For example, a non-profit may wish to begin under an incubator rather than run through the rigmarole of filing form 1023 to achieve 501(c)(3) status. If it is a business with excessive regulatory compliance or licensing requirements then it may be easier and cheaper to find a company ready to sell. If you are new to an industry or business then it can help to find a mentor who may be able to pass the business onto you. This mentor will have knowledge and most likely have some book of business or clients or customers already established. Sometimes all you have to do is just send out some information to those old clients or customers to...
When I am talking with new business owners, I listen to the point of their business. If I learn that their business idea is primarily charitable, then a non-profit is probably right for them. In fact, if your idea is driven by a charitable purpose, then often, you are not likely to survive as a for-profit business. Unfortunately, helping people or animals or the environment is not always profitable (but you can make money! See my previous blog here). To gain the tax-exempt advantages of a 501(c)(3), the IRS requires that you have a charitable purpose, which they describe as:
When it comes to Intellectual Property Law, no one keeps their finger on the pulse of the industry quite like Hartman Global does. Founders Gary and Domenica Hartman, and their qualified attorneys, have been providing expertise in trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and more in order to safeguard the interests of their clients on the world stage for over 25 years.