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Donating to Charities Through Wills, Charitable Trusts, and Beneficiary Designations

September 5 is International Charity Day. You may have causes or organizations that you care about. As a result, you may want to leave money or other resources toward accomplishing the goals so important to you. It is not enough to verbally tell someone about your wishes. You need to specifically express your wishes through creating and implementing an estate plan.

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Employees vs. Independent Contractors

Little known fact: not all jobs are created equally when it comes to how they are classified under the law. For example, take this hypothetical: Rocking R Ranch employs several people to do different jobs. Billy cleans the stalls, Margaret keeps the books, and John is the head trainer. Rocking R has employment agreements with each individual and lists Billy as an employee but Margaret and John as independent contractors. Is this correct? The decision will determine responsibilities and liability for Rocking R and its workers.

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Required Reading: Employee Handbooks

Remember when you got your first job and they handed you the employee handbook to read? You probably paged through, glossing over most parts, noticing the dress code and the paycheck schedule. What you didn't know was how long your employer worked to develop the policies in that handbook. Now, as an employer or member of a Human Resources department, your company's employee handbook is your guide to interactions with employees.

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Complaints About Your Business? Defend Yourself!

If you have a business, chances are that someone will complain about some aspect of your service or product. This is just a fact of life: you can't please everyone. Complaints can come in a variety of forms. In today's world, a complaint might be a bad review on Yelp or a post on Facebook. It could also be a complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or even with the state Attorney General's office. Regardless of how people complain about your business, you should always respond to their comments in a productive way.

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Advice for Entrepreneurs

Starting a business is an exciting time of life! You get to be your own boss, make your own hours, decide how you want your business to grow...and you are responsible for all of those decisions as well. That's where advisors come in: attorneys, tax professionals, investment advisors, and so on. Our job is to help our clients be informed so that they can make the best decision for their business.

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Pony Rides for All (Who sign a liability release)!

Spring has sprung around the country! For many horse owners, warmer weather and daylight savings means more time and opportunity for horsey endeavors. It also means that more friends and relatives might ask if they can come over for a pony ride or a trail ride. Before you saddle up Ginger and Merrylegs to hit the trail or give a pony ride, consider requiring helmets for everyone under 18, and having all adults sign a liability release.

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Why You Should Keep Your Small Business Attorney on Retainer

When something in your business happens, you need to be able to address it quickly. You might not have time to call an attorney, set up an initial consultation, determine if you like them, and then move forward on your project. In business, you need to make things happen. That’s what having an attorney on retainer can do for you.

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Complaints about your business? Defend yourself!

If you have a business, chances are that someone will complain about some aspect of your service or product. This is just a fact of life: you can't please everyone. Complaints can come in a variety of forms. In today's world, a complaint might be a bad review on Yelp or a post on Facebook. It could also be a complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or even with the state Attorney General's office. Regardless of how people complain about your business, you should always respond to their comments in a productive way.

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Representation for Family and Small Business Issues

Small business and family business may seem the same on the surface, but there are particular characteristics about each which distinguishes them from the other. The small business is your investment and livelihood. The family business is the same, but more, in that it represents the legacy of your name and in some cases, the memory of your forebears. As to dealings with clients, contractors, suppliers, and employees, legal representation offers the same advice for each type of business. When conducting dealings within the family, your lawyer needs to be aware of particular issues as they relate to a family business.

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How to Transfer your Business to a Family Member

There comes a time in every business owner’s life when they are ready to prepare for retirement. In some cases, selling the business is a no-brainer, other times people just choose to close their doors. But what happens when you want to pass your business down to your children. Especially if one or more of them isn’t interested in running a business.

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