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3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying An Existing Business

Whether it’s your very first or your fifth company, if you’re looking to start a new business venture, you have two options: 1) build your own from scratch or 2) buy an existing one. And while many entrepreneurs dream of building their own company from the ground up, the reality is, launching a brand-new business […]

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Investing In Business Insurance

Business insurance is your first line of defense in protecting your company from a wide variety of different potential threats. Without the right insurance—or with too little of the insurance you do need—you could be at great risk from the costs of a lawsuit, judgment, or in the event of an unforeseen emergency or disaster. […]

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5 Factors To Consider Before Investing In A Franchise

If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business but find the thought of building an entire company from scratch too daunting, you might consider investing in a franchise. When you purchase a franchise, you get an already proven business model and brand, which can make the startup phase significantly easier. In addition to getting […]

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How to Maximize Your Startup Cost Deductions

Coming up with a solid concept for a new business and working to get your operation off the ground can be an expensive undertaking. But the good news is that you can write off a number of the expenses involved with the startup process. That said, the rules for deducting startup expenses are a bit […]

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4 Factors To Consider When Choosing a Business Entity—Part 2

When starting a business, you have to make a ton of different decisions. From deciding what to name your company to hire employees, getting your business off the ground comes with a nearly endless number of decisions. Of all these decisions, perhaps none is more important or has a more significant impact on your success […]

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4 Business Lessons That You Don’t Have to Learn The Hard Way

Starting your own business can be both exciting and scary, and you are bound to make numerous mistakes along the way. But you’ll often discover that some of your biggest mistakes will later become your greatest strengths. This was exactly the case for Family Business Lawyer™ mentor, Ali Katz, who went from losing $1 million […]

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Thinking About Starting a Nonprofit? Here’s What You Should Know—Part 1

Starting a nonprofit organization can be a great way to give back to your community, while working for a cause you are passionate about. That said, if you are starting a nonprofit simply to avoid some of the more unsavory aspects of running a business, you should seriously reconsider. As the founder of a nonprofit, […]

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Securing Funding For Your Business: Equity vs Debt Investments

As you grow your company, you may discover that it’s time to move beyond leveraging your personal credit to fund your business, whether through business or personal credit cards, and look for outside investors or lenders. When it comes to securing funding for your business, you must first decide what form of investment is right […]

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The Ins and Outs of Incorporating Your Business Outside Your Home State

It’s a popular myth that it’s always best to incorporate your business in a business-friendly state, like Delaware, Wyoming, or Nevada in order to save on taxes, benefit from increased privacy, and possibly have an easier time raising capital. However, for many businesses, incorporating in these states is completely unnecessary—and it may even cost your […]

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4 Warning Signs When Choosing a Trademark Registration Service—Part 2

When launching a new business, one of your first priorities should be to secure the appropriate legal protection for your company’s intellectual property (IP). Depending on the type of IP involved, this can require securing patents, trademarks, and/or copyrights. Among the very first IP elements you’ll want to protect is your company’s brand name and […]

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4 Warning Signs When Choosing a Trademark Registration Service—Part 1

When launching a new business, one of your first priorities should be to secure the appropriate legal protection for your company’s intellectual property (IP). Depending on the type of IP involved, this can require securing patents, trademarks, and/or copyrights. Among the very first IP elements you’ll want to protect is your company’s brand name and […]

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