Incorporating The Unincorporated: How The Corporate Attorney Plays A Part

How do you define your type of business? At present, you may describe yourself as "unincorporated," simply because you are not incorporated. An incorporated business is one that has applied to become a legal entity within a particular state and is funded by shareholders. (In the beginning, the shareholders may be you and a couple of partners or silent investors, people who invest in your company but do not participate in daily operations. [Read More]

Protecting Your Product Ideas: Three Myths About Patent Protection

One of the most confusing parts of entrepreneurship is determining what you need to protect and how to protect it. Although commercial insurance policies are widely accepted as necessary protections, you may not feel the same way about patents. Despite how long patents have been available and the consistency of the process, there are many misconceptions that can leave new business owners feeling uncertain at best. Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about the patent process and the protection that patents offer. [Read More]

Tips For Handling Your Digital Legacy

One aspect of estate planning that is usually overlooked is digital accounts. Your digital legacy will not mean much to you after death, but could impact your family and friends. If you are concerned with how your digital legacy is handled, you need an executor who can take care of those accounts for you.  Social Networking Most people today have at least one social networking account. Companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, have policies regarding accounts of the deceased, but in many instances, the accounts remain active. [Read More]

Turning Your (Fabulous) Idea Into A Business: Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before Diving In

In 2014, the United States Patent Offices issued more than 300,000 utility patents. That's a lot of people with a potentially great idea, but not all of them will turn the idea into something successful. In fact, approximately 97 percent of patents filed never make enough money to cover the owner's cost of the paperwork. If you're dreaming of patenting your life into something greater, ask yourself the following five questions before you quit your day job. [Read More]