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February 2016 Archives

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: The Importance of Accurate Classification

independent contractors.jpgIn recent years, there have been significant changes in the way in which many Americans work and earn money. Non-traditional working arrangements and what many have termed the "gig economy" have blurred the line between traditional employee relationships and independent contractors. Generally speaking, an employer-employee relationship exists when the employer exercises control over how and when the work is performed. Independent contractors, on the other hand, are hired to perform a specific service and are considered self-employed.

Legal Concerns When Choosing a Business Entity

Business Entity.jpgWhen an individual or a group of people are considering starting a business, one of the most important issues to address is the type of business entity that will be utilized. Businesses entities are created by state law and include the following types of entities:

Filing Personal Bankruptcy When You Own a Business

bankruptcy.jpgMany business owners that have fallen behind on their financial obligations are concerned as to whether they will be able to file for bankruptcy and keep their business. The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, including the way in which your business is organized and whether you are personally liable for business debts. The good news for business owners is that, in many instances, they will be able to file for some type of bankruptcy and keep operating their business. If you are considering business bankruptcy, it is important to understand what types of bankruptcy may be available to you.

Do You Need a Business Lawyer?

business lawyer.jpgMany entrepreneurs or business owners (of small and large businesses alike) are go-getter types of people, are not afraid to take calculated risks, and are accustomed to relying on themselves and their colleagues to make smart business decisions. But in some cases, reliance on an attorney can be important to secure assets, avoid unnecessary risks, and maintain your interests in the courtroom (if it comes to that). Do you need a business attorney? Consider some common scenarios in which legal counsel could be indispensable to your business success:

  • Santa Clara County Bar Association | 1917
  • American Inns of Court
  • CWL | California Woman Lawyers
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy | Forun
  • The State Bar of California
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