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This week’s Basic Training involves a situation that really stinks. (Insert groans here). Read on to find out why . . . . Q: What are the rights of co-workers when another experiences side effects (i.e. malodorous flatulence) due to gastric bypass? The surgery is not recent, and to add insult to injury, the offender does […]

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by on March 10, 2021

The Lost Majesty of Voting

I don’t know what your experience was like voting in last week’s mid-term elections, but mine was truly dispiriting. Read my exclusive post on MyVenturePad.com to find out what went wrong and why I believe our system needs to be fixed.

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Yes, that’s the advice of most of the “success gurus.”  Figure out what you do well–and what you enjoy doing–and leave the rest to someone else. Listen in to my conversation with Rosalie Lober, PhD., author of the newly-released Run Your Business Like a Fortune 100: 7 Principles for Boosting Profits. We cover: Rosalie’s case […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on March 1, 2021

Do I need a new employer tax ID for a new line of services?

Q.:  My current business is in transportation services and I would like to also offer consulting services. But with the current business name having the word “transportation” in it, clients might not identify the new consulting services. Is a new employer tax ID needed to start a new branch of my current business with a […]

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Post image for ‘Don’t Try This At Home’–Interview with IP Attorney Amy Goldsmith

“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]

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Post image for Basic Training: Downtime is Key to Your Business Success

Hooah! (Or Oorah! for those of you who prefer the Marines) Here’s some tough talk for you: If you’re reading this on December 31 (or January 1), get the “eff” off the computer and treat yourself to some down time. I’ve seen firsthand how running myself ragged can negatively affect my health–and if you don’t put […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2021

Are you working this Thanksgiving weekend?

Well, are you? Years ago, when I worked for other law firms, I would routinely come into work on Thanksgiving Friday. I actually enjoyed being in the office Thanksgiving Friday.  There was a quiet hush that fell over the desks. You could really focus and bang out the work. The phones rarely rang. No one […]

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Post image for Making It Legal Makes the Grade for Young Entrepreneurs

Whether Gen X’ers like it or not, Gen Y is nipping at their heels — entrepreneurially, that is. So I’m pleased to announce that Making It Legal made the grade  of 50 Best Blogs for Young Entrepreneurs! At No. 6, we’re in the Top 10!  (Pay no attention to the fact that our Tools and Resources category was mentioned […]

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by on February 14, 2021

When Piracy is Legal

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Rolling around through the halls of Congress may be the latest bill to attempt to stop pirating, or knockoff, designs. It’s hard to say who’s helped (or hurt) more by this legislation. But, as Fortune Small Business reports, the Design Piracy Prohibition Act is sure to keep lawyers busy. For the time being, unless artists […]

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by on February 11, 2021

Beware DIY Legal Sites!

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Do-it-yourself legal sites drive me crazy. I came across a DIY legal site called Negonation this week (yeah, OK, it’s in Brazil, but the principle is the same. It touts a “get-your-contract-off-this-site-and-avoid-legal-fees” service. It claims that “its contracts are legally enforceable in the offline world, even if the parties are in different countries. That’s quite […]

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