by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 23, 2017

How to Lease Office Space–A Saga in 3 Parts

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From the “I-couldn’t-have-said-it-more-thoroughly-myself” department, here is a series of helpful posts from Texas attorney Ryan Roberts (“The Startup Lawyer”) on the ins and outs of leasing office space (and not getting ripped off in the process). Part 1: Why much of what is in a lease is not boilerplate, despite the microscopic print. Understanding the […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2017

IRS Phone Forum–Free!–on May 21

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From the people you love to hate, the IRS is offering a phone forum on Wednesday, May 21. All you need is internet access and a separate phone line. For registration information, visit the IRS Site. Here is what the forum will cover: Learn what you need to know as a small business owner: Classifying […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 17, 2017

When a Contract Absolutely, Positively HAS to be in Writing

As a lawyer, “put it in writing” is my mantra. I believe that having written agreements is sound business practice. But it’s not illegal not to have one. Without one, you simply increase your risk of getting burned . . . exponentially. (See my article “The Single Most Important Thing to Know about Verbal Agreements“. […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 14, 2017

What Do Women Want? . . . And Can This Strategic Alliance Provide It?

Although my low-maintenance husband would disagree, I’m a relatively simple gal. Yes, I may pile too many obligations on my plate and you need a 3-D scorecard to keep track of all of my meetings and projects. But when it comes to technology, I’m a late adopter. Give me a book, fresh with the smell […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 14, 2017

Top 5 Myths About Selling Your Company

Small business owners often look at their company as their retirement plan—and they may truly believe there’s a big pot of gold waiting for them at the end when they sell their company. Yet, very often, the entrepreneur hasn’t taken the steps to get the plans in place to build to sell (and put money […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 8, 2017

Dispose of Delinquents and Deadbeats

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Avoid taking on such clients, and establish penalties if they slip through your net. Delinquent clients are like an acid drip: They eat away at your profit margin and corrode your cash flow. And once a client moves from late-paying to delinquent, it’s usually too late to expect a quick and happy ending. Just as […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 5, 2017

Lawyer Jokes: Did You Hear the One About the Hot-Air Balloon . . . ?

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A little legal levity for a Friday afternoon. Enjoy! * * * * Advice from lawyers George and Lenny decide to cross North America in a hot-air balloon. However, neither was a particularly experienced balloonist, and Lenny’s mind quickly drifted from navigation to thoughts of how clouds look like cuddly little bunny rabbits. Upon realizing […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 2, 2017

Basic Training: Is It Kosher to Take Former Employer’s Domain Name?

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Q: The website of my former employer (which is my “competition,” sort of) seems to have a lot of issues, and I know his domain will expire later this year. Just for background, a few years ago he purchased a domain that matched my company name (with a hyphen) and made it a redirect to […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 30, 2017

Happy (Belated) Law Day!

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Did you know that yesterday was Law Day? I suppose that for many of you, the day passed with nary a whiff of the incredible celebrations to be had. Parades in the street! Inspirational speeches! Revelry! Bar associations around the country use it as a day to celebrate community and the importance that law plays […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 27, 2017

Small Business Summit in NYC–February 11, 2008

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For those of you based in the New York area, the Small Business Summit on February 11, 2008, is not to be missed. Focusing on the importance of using technology to streamline and enhance your business, this Third Annual Small Business Summit 2008 is (apparently) the only summit “by business owners for business owners.” This […]

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