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Challenges you will face building your business

Opening a business is an exciting process. So is trying to grow the profitability of an existing business. In either scenario, business owners deal with a similar set of challenges in building their business.

Although priorities may differ depending on the size of the company — if you have a startup, for example, you will probably be more concerned with breaking even than increasing profitability — it's always important to anticipate future challenges.

How to protect intellectual property in your business

When you start a company, you choose a market or industry in which you aim to establish yourself and compete for consumer business. Protecting intellectual property, such as logos and company practices, is very important, especially during startup before your business has grown.

Here are 4 methods of protecting intellectual property:

Is it better to buy or lease commercial property?

Starting a business is a big step to take and it comes with a whole host of challenges. Many of these challenges are easier to face once you have some experience running a business, but for those who are just starting out, knowing as much as possible about the particular issue is one of the best things you can do.

This idea is also true when it comes to acquiring a business space. Actually getting property for a business can be one of the biggest decisions a small business owner will make when they are starting out, but is it better to buy property or to lease it?

Like most business decisions, the decision to buy or lease business property has its advantages and disadvantages. In large part, the type of situation you choose depends on a realistic evaluation of your business as it is and a reasonable projection of how your business will be in the future.

Paternity leave in Michigan: An overview

When it comes to new parents, their greatest concern is usually the well being of their child. Naturally, spending as much time as possible with their child is often their highest priority. While this is reasonable considering the amount of care a newborn child requires, it can sometimes create a difficult situation for parents who work full-time.

Fortunately for parents, the United States has laws that provide them with the opportunity to take time off in order to deal with serious family events. The legislation that ensure this time off is known as the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Why Small Business Owners in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Suffer When Multinational Corporations Keep Money Offshore

During the recent 2016 presidential election, the issue of corporations earning and keeping money offshore came up often. Both candidates voiced their opinion that the billions of dollars held by corporations outside of the United States is done primarily to avoid taxes.

Tips on Hiring the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

Tips on Hiring the Best Criminal Defense Attorney When you find yourself in need of a criminal defense attorney, you want the best. Finding the right criminal defense attorney can be challenging, and while there might be several good choices, you want someone you trust and feel comfortable with, someone you know is going to give your case the attention it deserves. You may need to interview several defense attorneys to find someone who gives you that confidence. 

Expungement: Setting Aside an Adult Conviction in Michigan

Among the valuable legal services we offer, is the guidance you need when petitioning the court to have a conviction set aside. Expungement, or the removal of a criminal conviction from your record, can be a complicated process that has the power to profoundly change your life.  Having a conviction on your record can have an adverse affect on your ability to get a job, take out a loan or obtain housing. 

Tips for Going to Court

Having to make a court appearance can be stressful, but you don't have to face it alone. Hiring an attorney to represent you gives you an ally with an intimate understanding of the law, and many hundreds of hours in its practice. Your attorney can analyze your case and make recommendations on settlements or plea bargains that are based on experience gained in the courtroom. Whether you are going through a divorce, renegotiating child custody, you've had an auto accident, you're disputing a contract, or perhaps facing criminal charges, there is an attorney who specializes in the type of law you need. Hiring an attorney to represent you in court has multiple tangible benefits and offers real peace of mind.  

Supreme Court Whittles Away Search & Seizure Rights

Utah v Streiff A few days ago the Supreme Court of The United States handed down an opinion that has caused a great deal of debate in the legal community around the issue of evidence exclusion in the face of admitted police misconduct.  Utah v. Strieff, 579 U.S. __ (2016). In this case, the court determined that it was ok for evidence to be used which was gathered after an illegal stop of a defendant. In this case the government agreed that the initial stop of the defendant was inappropriate, and in fact illegal. Once the officer took identification from the defendant, without having reasonable suspicion that he was involved in a crime, that officer ran his information through the police database. 

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