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So you’ve gone through the analysis and decided that a corporation (rather than a partnership, LLC or other entity) is the appropriate formal structure for you business.

You’ve filed your articles of incorporation with the state, paid the required filing fees and received confirmation that your articles have been approved and your business...

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Overtime protections were first put into place by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and established the general standard that workers be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked over 40 hours in a week.  In general, all hourly employees are guaranteed overtime, and salaried employees are presumed to have the same guarantee unless they both: (1) make more than a salary threshold set by the Department of Labor, and (2) pass a test demonstrating that they primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties. 

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unpaid internship

An ever-popular method for small businesses to acquire some extra—albeit temporary—hands on deck is to hire interns. Typically college students with similar career aspirations are eager to gain some real life experience, or at minimum a few lines for the old resume. So, with motivated college students at the ready to perform some of the more mundane tasks that small businesses have to deal with, owners are understandably eager to jump at the chance to bring in some free—or at least low cost—young workers.

But, as good as that...

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employee vs contractor

The prospect of hiring workers, while exciting, can be intimidating to new business owners, Employment law can be a confusing and time-consuming minefield, and the consequences of making a mistake can range from costly to financially devastating. Generally, employers must consider a number of new responsibilities, including withholding income taxes, paying Social Security and Medicare taxes,unemployment tax and insurance not to mention the bevy of registration and compliance requirements at the local, state and federal level. 

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Solo out of Law School

As most know, I’ve been a solo attorney for some time now, and building my own practice has no doubt been immensely challenging but also tremendously rewarding. I’ve learned more about myself through this journey than I ever envisioned. And, going into business for myself has really opened my eyes to what it takes to succeed in building something sustainable from the ground up.

There are plenty of books out there about the technical aspects of opening a law practice. But, it was always a challenge for me to find resources that took a more pragmatic approach to building one.


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*The following article appeared in the June 2016 newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Legal Technology.

Virtual Law Offices (VLOs) have become more common in today’s evolving...

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