by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 18, 2017

Common Small Biz Legal Issues

Business law has become so complicated – how can you keep it all straight? Add to that the mountain of tasks that a small business needs to take care of – legal duties that you, as the business owner, may not even be aware of! That’s where an attorney can help, to ensure that your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 15, 2017

Employee? Consultant? Or Independent Contractor?

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You’ve reached a point where you’re ready to tear your hair out. You’re pulled in 17 different directions and, try as you might, you haven’t found a way to manufacture the 28-hour day. Much as it’s daunting, you’re staring down an inescapable fact: In order to grow your business, you . . . need . […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 12, 2017

Legal Lessons for Women Business Owners – Part 3

Owning a successful business takes lots of different knowledge and know-how to get it running smoothly—which includes avoiding risks.  Yet many entrepreneurs forge full steam ahead without professional legal advice … for a variety of reasons. Cost. Fear. Ego, to name a few. But without it, seemingly small missteps like “oops, my independent contractor should […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 9, 2017

Make the Most of Your Social Networking Policy

[This post first appeared in Vol. 11, No. 5 (2010) of Enterprising Women] Social networking is like superhero powers: it can be a force for good, or a force for ill.  It depends on the user.  Used wisely, it can be a great boon for your business.  Used poorly, it’s a public relations nightmare.  When […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 6, 2017

What to Pay in a Partner Buyout

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When you’re thinking about business divorce, there are a couple of hot button items that come to mind. First, you want to know which events trigger a buyout.  The three D’s usually factor into the most well-drafted partnership agreements: death (pretty obvious), disability (perhaps less obvious–how would you define “disability”?), and dissolution (you and your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 3, 2017

See Me at NYC StartUp!

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I mentioned it last week, but now there’s a new reason to attend NYC StartUp on June 24: I’m one of the panelists at the conference. I’ll be speaking on the legal side of “Do you have what it takes to get started?” identifying the major issues that entrepreneurs face when getting started. The one-day […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 31, 2017

Choosing the Right Nework Marketing Business Partner-Part 6

Often, when a situation is just too fraught with complications and struggle from the outset, it’s just not meant to be.  But did I listen?  No.  Not at first, anyway. For the icing on the cake: I didn’t do enough due diligence to make sure I had chosen the right partner.  Here’s the kicker:  I […]

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Q: I am starting an online retail store. I thought about filing my status as a sole proprietor.  Eventually I will change my status to an LLC when I have a physical store. Should I go ahead and file as a sole proprietor or should I just file as an LLC now? A: Particularly for […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 25, 2017

Should you invest in your dopey nephew’s business?

Ever been hit up to invest in a friend’s or family member’s business? Is it wise to do so—given that you know them so well? What steps should you take when asked to invest (or lend money for) a loved one’s business? Tune in to Wall Street Journal Radio, where I sit down with Veronica […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 25, 2017

Confidentiality Agreements: After-the-fact is way too late

Can you force someone to sign a confidentiality agreement after you’ve disclosed sensitive information? Or after they’ve already done the work for you? No. To use an old farm expression, that’s like “closing the barn door” after the horse is gone.” I discuss a colleague’s tale in the video, below. She was a subcontractor on […]

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