by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 26, 2016

Key Secrets to Solid Business Partnerships

Business partnerships are easy to begin, tough to maintain. (Equally tough is finding a webcam freeze frame that doesn’t make me look downright goofy). In this video, I’m interviewed by Phil Simon, technology expert, management consultant, and author of the recently-released The Age of the Platform (his 4th book). We cover a range of business partnership issues including: What prompted me […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 23, 2016

Basic Training: Could An Agreement Save This Family Business?

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Q: I have worked for my dad for more than a decade. He recently told me he wants to stop working but says he is not retiring. He wants to be paid the same amount of money and he wants himself and his wife to keep being covered by medical insurance through the business. He said […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 20, 2016

Don’t Pick Unpopular Business Partners

A lesson from Corporate America give us a slightly different take on popularity contests and alliance partners. In writing about the legal brouhaha that frothed over Google’s purchase of YouTube, Yahoo! vet Tim Sanders points out an often-overlooked facet of choosing a business or strategic alliance partner:  what’s the downside?  Not just the downside internally, […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 14, 2016

The Intelligent Way to Handle Frivolous Lawsuits

“Heather” was at her desk, reviewing accounts receivable reports. She grimaced as she saw the unpaid invoices from HiSpeed Technologies, Inc. She had done great work for them, and they continually praised her efforts – but what started out as a rough cash flow patch for them was turning into one excuse after another. Just […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 11, 2016

Basic Training: Ex-Partners Make the Biggest Bigmouths

Q: I can’t believe it–my former business partner has been smearing me around town! I was recently partnering with someone on a real estate deal. She ultimately pulled out of it, which created a lot of problems for me. Although I was really upset at the time, I took the high road, put my nose […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 8, 2016

You Can’t Spell Corporation Without ‘IP’

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This tragic story of insufficient planning is just another example from the Department of Not-Beginning-With-The-End-In-Mind. So many entrepreneurs get all “over the moon” about getting launched and off the ground that they ignore thoughts about their exit strategy. What do they want to get out of the business? How will they exit? Will they sell the […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 5, 2016

How to Protect Your Brand – Before You Have Nothing to Protect

“What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. I often wonder what celebrities are thinking when they name their kids Tu (Morrow), Moon Unit (Zappa), or North (West, of Kardashian-West fame). Or not thinking. Somehow, they latch on to an idea … which may have been hilarious after a few too many 3rd trimester appletinis … and […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 2, 2016

Snooki Gets into Cat Fight Over Her Name

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Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s latest wrangling with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office over her trademark just goes to show ya: Celebrities are ordinary businesspeople, too, and they also run into trouble with their trademarks.  Seems that Polizzi wanted to trademark her nickname, Snooki, but ran into a cat fight.  Literally.  Here’s the issue: Snooki […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 27, 2016

Negotiating for Results

Negotiation is both an art . . . and a science. Whether it’s getting the kids to do their homework, choosing a film to see with a friend, or setting a price for your services, negotiating permeates every aspect of our lives. Whatever the size of the deal, a negotiation involves two sides, each needing […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on August 24, 2016

Basic Training: Understanding the Limits of Limited Liability

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Q: Does an S Corporation protect your personal assets?  It has become obvious I need help with this.  Any ideas you have would be very much appreciated. A: Generally, yes, a corporation will protect the business owner’s personal assets.  The “S” in “S Corp” is merely a way of designating the way in which the […]

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