There are many reasons why you or your company should consider adding a contingency clause or provision in you contracts. These provisions can be easily overlooked before entering into a binding agreement. However, it should garner more importance since it can be used as a type of "escape clause" for your formal agreements. A contingency clause is a contract condition that requires a specific event or action to take place for the contract to be considered valid. If the events or actions do not satisfy the contingency clause, the parties will be released from the contract's obligations.
A non-compete agreement aids businesses in protecting sensitive information. A well written non-compete agreement can protect a business' interests in many scenarios. This information can range between a wide variety of business aspects which include strategies, financial info, specialized training, clientele - you name it. These types of agreements are important for any business that employs people who are subject to sensitive information. We've discussed the most recent changes to Nevada non-compete agreements in a previous blog (Is Your Nevada Non-Compete Agreement Still Valid?) and today we'll go into more detail as to what you would want in a non-compete agreement as a business owner.
There are many ways to help your business's bottom line. One of the fastest ways to achieve this goal, if done correctly, is through mergers and acquisitions. You've probably heard of the term before, and have a general understanding of what happens to companies when this occurs, but what exactly happens when a company merges with another or is acquired? The answer to that depends on the goals of the businesses involved. In this blog, we'll cover the options you have to consider as it relates to structuring your business entity for a merger or acquisition.
Nondisparagement clauses have gained popularity due to the many outlets consumers have available to leave reviews about businesses. The internet has made it much easier for customers and consumers to voice their opinions about businesses, both positive and negative. As much as these reviews have helped the everyday consumer's purchase decisions, it's also mired and hurt the bottom line for many businesses - large or small. So, what is a nondisparagement clause? It is language inserted in a contract or agreement that attempts to prevent the receiver of a good or service from posting negative reviews about the seller or service provider. They are also known as a "gag clause." If you are considering adding this clause into your contract or terms of service, you might want to consider seeking legal counsel before doing so.
The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) once governed the auditing process for LLCs that are taxed as partnerships. Previously, the IRS could not hold the LLC responsible for federal income tax deficiencies, only the members of the LLC were liable. TEFRA has since been repealed and effective January 1, 2018 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 governs the auditing procedures. This adjustment allows the IRS to collect underpaid taxes directly from the LLC if the LLC is taxed as a partnership rather than a C-corp or S-corp. This important change will require companies to update their operating agreements.
There are many reasons to invest in a start-up. Small-business investments have been one of the more popular ways individuals and families begin their journey to financial independence. The right investment, in the right company, at the right time can be very lucrative. That being said, there is a possibility of losing your entire investment without ever seeing a profit. Working with an investment broker is one way to go about the investment, but there are many investments that happen privately. Most small-business investment opportunities come from friends, family, colleagues, or by word-of-mouth. If you ever find yourself with an opportunity to invest in a business, we would suggest you tread carefully. Here are some things to remember when preparing to invest in a start-up company.
More than half of all new restaurants fail within the first year, and the statistics for other types of business aren't much higher. When you come up with a new business idea, you might spend years researching your idea and comparing other businesses before looking at funding or applying for loans. The most successful business owners plan for the unexpected problems that can pop up in the future.
If you're a small business owner, you've most-likely considered entering a partnership at one point or another. From an outsider's perspective, joining a partnership can seem like a great use of resources, capital, and energy. However, most partnerships don't pan out the way partners would hope because many business partners enter a partnership for all of the wrong reasons. Some of these reasons include not having enough connections, shortage of financing, lack of skill set, or simply not wanting to operate alone. That being said, there are many variables that may come into play and derail a partnership as the business picks up.
Every business owner has signed an agreement at one point or another. In a perfect world, these agreements would always be executed as they're agreed upon. However, everyone knows that contracts are breached and agreements aren't honored all the time. These disputes and incongruities can lead to more trouble, headaches, and lawsuits more often than not. One thing is certain, when these issues arise, all parties are faced with potentially higher fees and costs than they initially anticipated. As a business owner, it's imperative to find a way to mitigate the cost of these issues when they do arise. So, how is this done?
It wasn't long ago when documents weren't saved on a hard drive, a server, or sent via email. Today's businesses have gotten very good at going paperless and as a result have gotten more efficient. E-signatures are a big part of the efficiency and are essential for people on the go. They are common now but there are still some lingering questions related to e-signatures.