Seven Important Issues to Address in Your Collaboration Agreement

Collaborating with your creative colleagues can be one of the most rewarding parts of running a creative business, and thanks to technology creative collaboration has become easier than ever. However, before you and your potential partners start emailing ideas and drafts back and forth, it is important that you understand that collaborating on projects with others raises unique legal and business concerns that you'll likely want to address in a collaboration agreement. Here Are Seven Important Issues to Address in Your Collaboration Agreement Who's doing ...

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The Risks of Using a Legal Website to Incorporate

Many people that we talk to about forming a business entity (aka "incorporating") are tempted to do so online via the numerous legal websites available, such as Legalzoom or Rocket Lawyer. For some people, this might be the right choice, but for others it could be a mistake. Learn more about using a legal website to incorporate vs hiring an attorney to do so. Is Using a Legal Website to Incorporate Right for You? Here are some points to consider when thinking about whether forming a business entity with a legal website is the right choice for your company. Le...

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How to Name Your Business

Aside from determining what products or services you’re going to offer, deciding what to name your business is one of the very first, and most creative, steps that a new business owner will undertake. It should be distinctive and memorable, and it should suggest the products and services you offer. However, choosing what to name your business is more than just a fun exercise in wordplay. A truly great name not only communicates what your business does, it also paves the way to an effective marketing strategy, and provides the foundation for important legal protections. ...

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How An Attorney Can Help You Set Up A Business

It's a big step to set up a business and hiring an attorney can feel intimidating. However, by getting legal counsel early on in your business' lifecycle, you can help make sure that everything starts on the right foot. Since a business entity will be the legal foundation of whatever enterprise you are involved in, it is key to get it right the first time. By doing so, you can minimize stress and conflicts and focus on the core of your business. How Can An Attorney Help You Set Up A Business? When it's time to set up a business, taking a proactive approach is key. And ...

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Why Do A Trademark Search?

Many brand owners that we work with often wonder if it is necessary to do a trademark search before filing their trademark. If your goal is to create a long-lasting, stable brand for your goods or services, a trademark search is essential. Why Do A Trademark Search? You want to know if the USPTO will reject your trademark. If your trademark is too similar to a previously-registered or pending trademark, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) could reject your trademark. By doing a trademark search, you will learn if this outcome is likely. You want ...

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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Trademark Attorney

This article covers the questions to ask before hiring a trademark attorney (or a trademark service like LegalZoom, for that matter). While it can be tempting to make your decision based on price, it is important to understand exactly what you will be getting when hiring a trademark attorney to do file your trademark application. Ask These Questions Before Hiring A Trademark Attorney What kind of trademark search do you do? A trademark search is an essential part of the trademark application and registration process. And not all trademark attorneys will do a search, ...

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Can You Make An S Corporation Election?

If you have looked into setting up your own company, you may have come across references to an "S Corporation Election". Simply put, an S corporation election is a choice that you can make that allows owners to pass corporate income, losses and credits on to their shareholders. That means that the owners avoid "double taxation" where income is taxed at both the corporate level and the shareholder level. Whether or not this makes sense for your individual business will depend upon a number of factors that are outside of the scope of this article, but before even getting ...

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Three Things To Know About Starting A California LLC

If you are thinking about starting a California LLC (limited liability company), there are a few things that you should know about. By understanding how an LLC works, you can be better equipped to make the right choice for your business. Three Things To Know About Starting A California LLC The LLC form is popular because it is relatively easy to setup and maintain. It doesn't have as many administrative requirements as a corporation and it offers limited liability protection to its owners. An operating agreement is key. An operating agreement is a central document to ...

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Proactive Law vs. Reactive Law

Recently we sent members of our Creators' Legal Program an in-depth email about proactive law. Proactive law is the opposite of reactive law; the reason why it is important is because by being proactive, you can actually avoid expensive legal problems before they happen. Just like getting a regular checkup is cheaper and less involved than going in for surgery, approaching legal problems proactively is better than waiting for a dispute. What Is Proactive Law? One of the tenets of our Creators' Legal Program (and our law practice, generally) is that it is easier, cheaper ...

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Is A LegalZoom Trademark Right For You?

Many people that we talk to about trademarks are tempted to register a LegalZoom trademark. For some people, this might be the right choice, but for others it could be a mistake. Learn more about the differences between filing a LegalZoom trademark and using a trademark attorney to file your trademark. Is A LegalZoom Trademark Right for You? Here are some points to consider when thinking about whether a LegalZoom trademark registration is the right choice for your business. LegalZoom will help you fill out a trademark registration form. The main benefit of doing a ...

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