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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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When you think the corporate culture is fraud

In Business Tips, Fraud & Embezzelment, White Collar Criminal Defenseby Kristy DonahueLeave a Comment

In the mid 1990’s I was diligently climbing the corporate ladder.  Having just graduated from college a couple years earlier, I was a bank branch manger for a regional bank.  I loved my employer.  It was a caring organization that operated in about half a dozen states.  They had taken a chance on a young kid and were further investing …

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Kameron Kramer: Rising Star

In Rising Stars, Super Lawyersby Sean FriendLeave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that Kameron Kramer, an Attorney at Business Law Southwest, has been selected to the 2019 New Mexico Rising Star Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in New Mexico. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who …

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Administrative Leave? Time to Call an Attorney

In Business Tips, Employment Law, Fraud & Embezzelment, White Collar Criminal Defenseby Vanesa LewingerLeave a Comment

Administrative Leave is a common practice used by companies when they are investigating claims that are more severe or emotionally charged. The purpose of an Administrative Leave is to remove the accused party or parties from the workplace, ensuring the safety of the workforce and allowing for a thorough and untainted investigation to occur. The leave protects individuals who may …

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Terminating Leases Early

In Business Tips, Dispute Resolution, Estate & Probateby Kameron KramerLeave a Comment

Common questions that arise when clients inherit or purchase rental properties/commercial real estate often center around the leases associated with the property.  I came across one such question the other day that had to do with a client who had inherited an apartment complex and wanted to terminate the leases as quickly as possible in order to sell the property …

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Donald Kochersberger: Super Lawyer

In Super Lawyersby Sean FriendLeave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that Donald Kochersberger, a Partner at Business Law Southwest, has been selected to the 2019 New Mexico Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 5% of attorneys in New Mexico. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a …

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Alicia McConnell: Rising Star

In Rising Stars, Super Lawyersby Sean Friend

We are pleased to announce that Alicia McConnell, an Attorney at Business Law Southwest, has been selected to the 2019 New Mexico Rising Star Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in New Mexico. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who …

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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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What is Trademark Infringement?

In Intellectual Property, Trademarksby Larry DonahueLeave a Comment

A trademark is any word, design, symbol or phrase, that identifies the source of a particular product or service. For example, “Apple Computer” doesn’t indicate a computer generally. It indicates a computer produced by Apple Computer Corporation. The golden arches in front of a McDonald’s Restaurant doesn’t indicate “hamburgers,” but hamburgers produced by McDonald’s Corporation. Many business owners get confused …