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Laying the foundation for your company's future success

 Posted on May 08, 2020 in Uncategorized

Every business is different, and what you will need to do to ensure your Texas company's success depends on what you hope to accomplish, the type of business you plan to start and multiple other factors. The choices you make during the business formation process will impact your company for years to come. It's smart to know how you can make decisions that will lay the foundation for your future success.

There is a lot to think about and consider during the business formation stage, but you do not have to walk through it alone. There is significant benefit in having experienced guidance from the earliest stages of your business, lowering the chance of costly missteps or regrettable decisions. There is a lot at stake during this stage, but you can take steps now that will greatly benefit you in the future.

Your success starts now

Laying the foundation for your business starts with having a solid business plan. Starting a business without a plan is not a good idea, and it can cause you to drift off course down the road. Besides, investors and potential partners will want to see any plans and documents. The first step in the business formation process is to have a strong business plan in place. After this, the following tips can help you start strong:

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Does your single-member LLC really need an operating agreement?

 Posted on April 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

Instead of operating as a sole proprietorship, you decided to take advantage of the personal protections of a limited liability company. Since you are the only member, you may not think you need an operating agreement.

After all, aren't operating agreements meant to outline the relationship among members? Since you are the only member of the LLC, you shouldn't need to worry about one, right?

There's more to it than that

Outlining those relationships isn't the only reason for an operating agreement. Even a single-member LLC needs this document for the following reasons:

New business owners may be worried about frivolous lawsuits

 Posted on April 01, 2020 in Uncategorized

As a relatively new business owner, you know that you have to stay on top of every transaction that occurs with your company. You undoubtedly put up a lot of funds to get your business off the ground, and you do not want anything to jeopardize the operations you have going, especially until you can start turning a regular profit.

Unfortunately, some people know that new small businesses do not have a lot of extra money at their disposal. As a result, they may try to file frivolous lawsuits against your business in hopes that you will simply settle rather than facing the expenses of litigation. However, rather than immediately settling with someone over a frivolous claim, consider your legal options.

Dismissing the case

Though learning that someone has filed a lawsuit against your business can certainly feel shocking and nerve wracking, you do not have to feel out of hope. You may have the ability to request that a judge dismiss the frivolous suit on the basis that the plaintiff does not have a genuine cause to sue your company. Your legal counsel could file a dismissal motion with the judge, but the plaintiff could also oppose the dismissal.

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Is a breach of contract worth pursuing legal action?

 Posted on February 27, 2020 in Uncategorized

When conducting any type of business venture, having a contract is a must. These agreements can be verbal or written, but it is typically more advisable to have a written record of any business dealings. In particular, having a written contract may act as better evidence in the event that the other party involved violates the terms of the agreement.

Even with a written agreement, there is no complete guarantee that the other party will abide by the terms. As a result, your company could experience setbacks or other damages, some of which could be seriously detrimental to the company. In such a situation, you may need to decide whether taking legal action is necessary.

What type of contract breach took place?

Yes, there are different types of contract breaches. If the other party breached the contract in a way that did not cause much harm to the overall business relationship or transaction, a minor or non-material breach likely took place. Often, non-material breaches do not present much cause to pursue legal action. After all, the slight is often minor enough that the company can continue on with the venture without any lasting negative repercussions.

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How can I make sure my clients pay me?

 Posted on January 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

Your company does good work, and you are proud when your completed project makes a client happy. However, nothing can diminish that feeling of pride faster than having to wait and beg for the money a client owes you for the work you did.

Running a small business is challenging enough when some days every dime counts toward keeping things going. Having to wait indefinitely for someone to pay you can make you frustrated and angry. There are steps you can take to improve the chances that a client will pay, but in the end, you may have to make some difficult decisions.

Setting the stage to get paid

Receiving payment for your work seems like something you could take for granted. Sadly, not everyone agrees. You may run into clients who suddenly have financial crises and others who simply do not take you seriously. From the very first meeting with potential clients, you can begin laying the groundwork for receiving the money you deserve, including taking these steps:

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Has a corporation board breached its fiduciary duty to you?

 Posted on December 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

Purchasing shares in a company is often a leap of faith, but it is not something you might do blindly. Certainly, you must believe in the company and its product or service. Additionally, you may expect the company to succeed and thus provide you with a sound and profitable investment. You also trust that those who make the decisions for the operations of the company will have your interests in mind and be your voice.

As a shareholder in a corporation, you do not control the way the business runs. Ultimately, the board of directors and the officers of the corporation handle those matters. However, it is their duty to make wise decisions about the direction of the company and the use of its funds since those decisions directly affect your well-being as a shareholder. This responsibility is known as fiduciary duty, and it is a legal obligation.

The board has a duty to protect your interests

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Your business may need more contracts than you realize

 Posted on December 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

When you decided to start your own business, you likely knew that there would be a lot of work involved. Even after you got your business operations up and running, you still had to take steps to keep everything in line. You may have created new business relationships, taken on employees, conducted various sales and carried out other related actions.

Because each aspect of your business is important and you want to protect your company, you understand the value of having contracts in place whenever a new relationship or arrangement comes into play. In fact, you may need contracts for certain areas that you may not have considered before.

When do you need a contract?

Contracts are legally binding agreements when created correctly, and they are vital to the protection of company interests. Before you take any action with your business, you may want to determine whether you may need one of the following types of contracts:

  • Employment-related contracts, which could include consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment separation agreements and others

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Does damage to your company have you considering litigation?

 Posted on November 01, 2019 in Uncategorized

Running a small business takes a lot of work from the moment you decide to start the business. You have undoubtedly gone through mountains of paperwork, made numerous decisions, had to deal with setbacks and felt the stress of starting a business. However, you reached your goal, and your company has been operational for a short time.

Because your company is relatively young, you may not have had any legal issues to face as of yet. You may have anticipated an issue coming sooner or later because so many businesses do face legal claims or face problems that need litigating. You may have reached a point where you feel that going to court over a business matter is necessary, but you may still feel hesitant.

Going to court is serious

You undoubtedly know that taking someone to court is a serious matter. However, you may not fully understand what it entails. The results of any case are not a guarantee. You may think that you have a strong claim against another person or another company due to actions that caused harm to your company, but the chance does exist that the court could not rule in your favor. As a result, you may have spent a lot of time and effort, and not reached the desired outcome.

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A partnership agreement can reduce conflicts

 Posted on October 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Bringing partners into your business or collaborating with someone to start a company is not as easy as shaking hands over a cup of coffee. A partnership includes many legal complexities, and it is important that you and your partners understand what each expects of the others. This is why business advocates highly recommend having a solid partnership agreement that addresses these matters.

A partnership agreement should be as thorough as you can make it, including any contingencies you can think of from the start to the end of the business. Your business and your partnership have their own unique factors, so you will want your partnership agreement to reflect those elements with clarity and precision. Because of this, using an online template for your agreement may not provide the solid security you want for your business.

What should you include?

While you and your partners may hope to share the business equally, you may be unsure what this means until you discuss it as you draft your contract. Will all of you contribute the same amount of cash? Will you share the day-to-day responsibilities equally? These are only the beginning of the decisions to make long before you open your doors or launch your website. Some important factors your partnership agreement can address will answer these and other questions:

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Is your small business ready for transition?

 Posted on September 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

Whether your Texas business is just starting out or you have worked for decades to build a strong reputation in your industry, you likely have great plans for the future. Perhaps you have ideas for expansion, or you may simply want to establish a successful company that will support your family and provide something you can pass on to your children.

If creating a legacy from your business is in your plans, you should know that this does not happen automatically. In fact, it might behoove you to understand exactly what may happen to your small business if you should become incapacitated or pass away before you have a transition plan in place.

Don't leave a mess behind

A sole proprietorship is a business that has a single owner. You own your business and oversee its daily operations. You may have employees, but the ownership of the operation rests solely on your shoulders. In fact, in many respects, you are the business. If you should die, your business may die with you. If this is not your wish, it is not too early to take steps to protect the future of your company by creating a succession plan. Failing to do this may leave your loved ones with the following challenges:

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