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Why Lying Is Actually Worse than Insider Trading…

In Business Tips, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defenseby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

In 2004 Martha Stewart spent five months in a federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia.  After she served her time she still had to fulfill two years of unsupervised release, pay a large amount of money in fines to the SEC and step down as CEO from her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.  To this day, most Americans incorrectly believe …

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What to do when your Professional License is at risk.

In Business Tips, Litigation & Lawsuits, White Collar Criminal Defenseby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Its more than a simple customer compliant. Those who work under a professional license know that formal complaints means that one’s ability to sustain their livelihood may be at risk. It is the decisions and actions in the moments and hours after a complaint has been communicated that can determine whether a professional will be able to continue in their …

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The Family Business Succession Plan

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Business Tips, Estate & Probate, Partnershipsby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Family owned business can be tough; especially since family is forever and a business lasts as long as the front doors can stay open.  A family business can never be truly free of passion, so it is important to understand the importance of utilizing consultants from outside of the family in conjunction with a Trust and Estate planning team to …

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Are you dealing with an “Ike”?

In Business Tips, Litigation & Lawsuitsby Sean Friend

Image Source: Rob Mieremet / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2007, Ike Turner died leaving a large estate and several friends and family claiming it as their own.  Due to the lack of legal documentation and representation he left his estate in the hands of the state to determine the heir to his fortune. Who is entitled …

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What To Do If Your Partner is Stealing From the Company

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Partnership Disputeby Larry Donahue1 Comment

If you are a co-owner of a company, and you believe (or know) that your partner is stealing from the company, you have rights and you have options — even if you’re not “in charge” or own a minority interest. Actionable Claims When a Partner Steals There are a number of possible issues that come arise when a partner steals …

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Served with a Lawsuit? Now What??!?

In Litigation & Lawsuitsby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Inevitably, if you’re an active business and business leader, you will probably find yourself in a lawsuit at some point in your life. Hopefully, it won’t happen for years, and when it does happen, will be very infrequent. When you are sued, it will be an emotional hit. It may be embarrassing, depending on how you were served (i.e. how …

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5 Tips: How to Dissolve a Partnership as Painlessly as Possible

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Dissolve a Partnership, Partnership Disputeby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

Closing (called dissolving) a business partnership can be compared to a divorce, from a cost and emotional impact to the partners. Neither party expects the relationship to degenerate into contention, but it happens more often than you might think. Whether business circumstances change, or some dispute arises between the partners, when the business partnership cannot endure, it’s time to legally …

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Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO)

In Litigation & Lawsuits, Partnership Disputeby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

A temporary restraining order (or “TRO”) is a court order that immediately controls or restricts the behavior of one or more parties, temporarily and usually in an emergency, until there’s time to actually have a hearing so the court can evaluate the evidence to determine whether the order should stay in place (usually called an injunction) or cancelled. In order …

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Social Media, Private Conversations and Your Business

In Business Tort, Marketing Tipsby Don KochersbergerLeave a Comment

In the fast-paced world of tweets, Facebook posts, and cell phone cameras, people often post before really thinking. Similarly, what is said in private conversation doesn’t always stay private these days. Recently a ‘private’ conversation between Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, and his girlfriend made big news and became the subject of both news streams and headlines, after a recording of …

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Business Break-Ups – Important Tips to Prepare Before the Problem Arises

In Break-ups & Partnership Disputes, Dissolve a Partnership, Partnership Disputeby Don KochersbergerLeave a Comment

New business partners don’t typically think about anything going wrong down the road, however, business and personal disputes are often irreconcilable, and sometimes partners ultimately decide to break up the business. Ideally, businesses and business partners take the necessary steps to plan ahead for dissolution and alleviate much of the stress associated with typical business break-ups.