Finding oneself as a designated Personal Representative by a loved one’s Last Will & Testament can be an unanticipated discovery. Though it is a good practice to discuss these matters with loved ones before naming them in a Will, those conversations do not always occur in time to prepare the person named in the Will. … Continue reading What Is The Role of a Personal Representative in a Probate Case?
Implementing the Last Will and Testament of a loved one after they have passed away can bring about a host of questions, and unexpected steps. This post provides a very basic guide to the Probate process, however, we highly recommend speaking to an estate planning lawyer as each probate matter is truly unique. What is … Continue reading What Is The Probate Process?
In a society where both new and long-standing brand names and products are available, consumers are accustomed to seeing the tiny symbols used in to the upper-right of a product name to indicate a protected name, logo, or tagline, and yet it can be unclear as to what each of the marks truly indicate. ® … Continue reading Minuscule Symbols With a Sizable Message
Why are Trademarks Valuable? Your Trademark is the brand identity of your business, products, and services. Your customers begin to associate your Trademark with the level of quality you offer to your customers, and the reputation you have worked steadily to build. Though at Behrends Legal, we recommend filing for a Trademark as early as … Continue reading Should Your Trademark Have a Price Tag?
Planning a policy to close your business may seem counter-productive to the effort you invest in maintaining the life of your small business, however, creating an Exit Strategy may be one of the smartest decisions you make, and you will thank yourself later for planning ahead. Creating an exit strategy does not necessarily mean you … Continue reading Small Business Series #5: Why Should You Have an Exit Strategy?
Your Work Policies Can Determine Whether Your Businesses Helps Employees Strain or Thrive Company policies allow business owners to communicate clearly with employees from the outset. When companies encapsulate business policies in employee handbooks, regular training, and policy updates, the potential for creating a positive internal work environment is based on clear expectations. Internal policies … Continue reading Small Business Series #4: Work Place Policies
As your business infrastructure grows, you will face the same question asked by so many other business owners: Is my business financially and logistically ready to hire employees? While you address this question, identify the key reasons you need employees, and lay a positive foundation for adding employees to your business organization. Your … Continue reading Small Business Series #3: Employee Agreement Contracts
SETTING YOUR BUSINESS ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS Moving a small business from the initial planning stage to the opening stage involves a checklist of items to be completed before hanging the open sign in the window, so to speak. Licensing is one of the key pieces to a successful business launch that should not … Continue reading Small Business Series #2: Licensing
You’ve decided to start a business – congratulations! As you bring your ideas to life, take steps to lay a strong foundation for your company. Intentionally tending to key tasks will set your business on a firm path as you prepare your business for growth. YOUR BUSINESS NAME As you consider various names for your … Continue reading Small Business Series #1: The Foundation
WHY CONSIDER INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK? As companies expand into the international arena, a whole new set of rules apply to protecting your business brand. Building your reputation for quality, and service are only half of the value of your brand – your brand recognition should be protected as a company asset by filing for trademark registration … Continue reading Avoid Making This Costly Mistake When Taking Your Brand To The Global Marketplace
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