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Do You Know About The “Decline” Credit Card Scam?

In Business Tips, Business Transactions, Dispute Resolution, Fraud & Embezzelment by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

“That’s strange, I have plenty of credit…try the card again.” “Hogwash!” cries Ginger Hollowell author of “Secrets of Credit Card Processing Fees Revealed” and Owner of the Electric Money Company. https://electronicmoneycompany.com/ “When a card is declined at point of sale, it means the card DOES NOT have enough credit for the purchase. That simple. ” According to Ms. Hollowell, this …

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Is Your Business Required To Pay Business Taxes During The COVID-19 Pandemic?

In Business Tips, COVID-19, Legal Compliance by Ian AldenLeave a Comment

For the most part, the answer is no – that is to say, individuals are still required to pay taxes, as are businesses. That being said, there are a few COVID-related exceptions. First, in the CARES Act, Congress allowed for a deferral of the employer’s portion of Social Security taxes for periods between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020, payable 50% …

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How To Be Pro-Active In Your Malpractice Defense.

In Business Tips, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Malpractice insurance will provide physicians with an attorney, but sometimes that’s not enough. According to a 2018 report by the American Medical Association, 34% of all practicing physicians have been sued.  And, if a doctor is still practicing past age 55, that percentage goes up to nearly 50%.  Since the prospect of a lawsuit is becoming almost inevitable, the need …

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New Mexico Bans The Box

In Business Tips, Employment Law, Expungement of a Criminal Record by Vanesa LewingerLeave a Comment

Along with many other states, New Mexico prohibits questions about felony convictions on job applications. Is your business complying with this new law? “Ban the box” refers to the box on an employment application that is checked if the applicant has ever been convicted of a felony.  In recent years, the movement to “Ban the box” has gained momentum as …

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Purchasing a Business That Has Debt.

In Business Tips, Business Transactions, Contracts, Departing Partner, Partnerships by Don KochersbergerLeave a Comment

Structuring the sale correctly will give you peace of mind and potentially save you thousands. Attorney Don Kochersberger weighs in on what to do when existing debt was not handled appropriately during the sale of a business. Dear Don, My boyfriend and I recently bought a business.  It is a gym that my boyfriend has been a trainer at for …

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When Your Business Partner Thinks He Is Funny…. But He Is Not.

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Business Tips, Business Transactions, Contract Disputes, Contracts, Corporate Formation, Departing Partner, Dispute Resolution, Dissolve a Partnership, Employment Contract, Employment Law, Legal Compliance, Litigation & Lawsuits, LLC Formation, Partnership Dispute, Partnerships by Joseph TurnerLeave a Comment

Attorney Joe Turner weighs in on this complicated but serious issue. Dear Joe, I am in a Partnership with four other Physicians.  One of the Partners fancies himself a comedian.  He likes to send out joke emails to the entire staff and will often add improper comments to serious ones.  The problem, aside from being immature and distracting, is that often …

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Can A Landlord Keep Property Owned by a Tenant If The Tenant Breaks Their Lease?

In Business Tips, Business Transactions, Contract Disputes, Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Lawsuits by Alicia McConnellLeave a Comment

The Landlord’s Lien. Under New Mexico law, a landlord has what is known as a “Landlord’s Lien” on property that is housed within the space that is being rented. This means that a landlord has a lien on the property which remains in the rented location for the rent due under the terms of a lease. If a business has …

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Should My Business Deal With An “Advocate”?

In Business Tips, Contract Disputes, Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Lawsuits by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

There is a difference between being an “Advocate” and “practicing law”. Good Advocates do not cross the line. Advocates are individuals who work on behalf of another person. People in need of advocates generally are those who would have difficulty trying to maneuver within a complex, structured system. Examples of systems or situations that would require advocacy would be the …

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Ponzi Scheme vs. Pyramid Scheme

In Business Tips, Fraud & Embezzelment, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defense by Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

New Mexico Has Known Its Fair Share of Scams. Back in the early 2000’s there was a buzz among professional women in Albuquerque. I became aware of it when a friend told me she was advancing $5000 from her credit card in order to participate in an investment program that was by invitation only, and open solely to women. She …

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Can Businesses Make Exceptions To COVID-19 Face Mask Requirements For Clients?

In Business Tips, COVID-19, Employment Law, Litigation & Lawsuits, Marketing Tips by Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

As businesses slowly reopen from forced closure and the Stay- at- Home requirements are gradually lifted, business owners find themselves trying to navigate the new guidelines of the State, CDC and OSHA while keeping their clients happy.  The mandate for the public to wear masks tends to be the current requirement that is causing the most conversation among business owners …