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Common Types of Business Partnership Disputes

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

A partnership involves two or more parties in a business. Going into business with a partner can be beneficial, and is quite common with startups and businesses that offer professional services. Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable that a disagreement will ensue at some point. Business disputes can happen even between close friends and family members…. Read More »

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What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Have you been asked to sign a durable power of attorney? How does a durable power of attorney differ from a standard power of attorney? It’s important to understand how these power of attorney documents differ. It’s recommended you speak with a Washington DC estate planning attorney prior to allowing someone else to act… Read More »

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Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are a same sex couple, married or not, you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to estate planning. Because there may be nuances in laws in varying states, it’s important to speak with a Washington DC estate planning attorney who has experience handling estate planning for the LGBT community. In 2015, the… Read More »

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When an Employee Files an EEOC Claim Against You

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, you have a duty to follow all established federal and state laws when it comes to your employees. You cannot discriminate against employees because of their race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or the fact that they are over 40 years old. These are just a few of the items protected under… Read More »

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What to Include in Your Employment Contract

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As a small business owner, getting your business set up is the first milestone. Once everything is filed and approved, you are ready to hire staff. If you are hiring for a position that includes an employment contract, you may be unsure what should and should not be included. This is one of the… Read More »

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Different Types of Intellectual Property

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are starting a new business or have an existing one, do you have your intellectual property properly protected? You’ve heard the terms copyright, trademark, and patent, but how do they apply to your business? Copyrights Copyrights are protections rooted in the United States Constitution and various other laws that apply to original… Read More »

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Equitable versus Legal Remedies in a Breach of Contract Case

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are a small business owner, it’s inevitable that at some point you may encounter a client or vendor who breaches a contract with you. If you are preparing to sue someone for a breach of contract, you may have an option between equitable and/or legal remedies. Legal remedies are ones that allow… Read More »

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Data Breach Laws in Washington, DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you own a business that collects customer data, you need to familiarize yourself with the laws surrounding data breaches. A breach of data security can be confusing, especially in determining what laws govern the breach. It’s important you understand the law in any state where you do business and are aware of the… Read More »

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Advantages and Disadvantages of S Corporations

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Once you’ve made a decision to create a corporation for your business, there is still the choice of whether to form a C corporation or an S corporation. It’s important to look at the potential advantages and disadvantages of an S corporation before choosing this structure over a traditional corporation, or even an LLC… Read More »

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What to Know about Non-Compete Agreements in Washington, DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Non-compete agreements are typically drafted to restrict employees from taking or using any of a company’s proprietary information or existing client base with them when leave and launch their own company that directly competes with their old employer. Another potential purpose of a no-compete clause is to keep employees from going to work for… Read More »

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