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

Five Reasons to Incorporate

If you’re in any of these situations, then it might be the right time to protect your personal assets. So, you’re ready to start your own business. But you’re caught up in the creative excitement and don’t want to deal with pesky management issues and decisions like incorporation. Must you form a business entity right […]

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

Reasons Not to Rush into a Business Partnership

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Not that I’m a big follower of the Kardashian sisters, but it always amazes me what people will stoop to for fame.  Take Khloe Kardashian’s shotgun wedding to L.A. Lakers basketball player Lamar Odom.  Apparently, after a one-month romance, they timed their 2009 wedding with Kardashian sister Kourtney’s pregnancy—so that they could be aired in […]

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

Top Tips for Partnership Agreements that Work

What’s the key to making partnership agreements true living, breathing documents?  They need to strike a good balance between setting firm procedures while allowing for flexibility in the way your business grows and changes. Not an easy feat. One of the significant ways you can ensure a good working relationship with partnership agreements is to […]

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

Basic Training: Zapped! Or, Is $60 Too Much for a Legal Consultation?

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Q: What kinds of legal issues do I need to be aware of in my business? And, do all attorneys charge for consultations? I went to one attorney who wanted to charge me $60 for a consultation. A: Not sure where you’re located or what stage your business is in, so it’s hard to tell […]

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

Basic Biz Secrets for Women Entrepreneurs

Not that women entrepreneurs are so different from men entrepreneurs, but there’s often a different sensibility toward how you handle matters when you become a business owner.  I had interviewed Alicia Marie Fruin on the subject of whether yours “is a business worth having” and in this podcast, Alicia Marie Fruin of Peoplebiz turns the […]

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

Small Business Copyright Protection

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You’ve written a book, posted a podcast on your website, made a video that you uploaded to YouTube . . . how do you protect your creations from having people rip them off and pass them off as your own?That’s where a little knowledge of copyright can help. Check out Anthony Cerminaro’s BizBangBuzz blog (for […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 24, 2017

Employee Taxes–What Are They?

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I’m not saying that people don’t deserve a living wage, but when you add that to the cost of employee taxes, benefits, insurance and all of the risks that companies take on by hiring staff, it’s no surprise that in this economy, small business owners are thinking twice about it. Here’s a short list of […]

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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 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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