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Difference Between a Trade Name and Trademark

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you’re starting a small business in Washington D.C., you can feel overwhelmed trying to understand all the filing requirements, let alone intellectual property laws. Some small business owners mix up the terms “trade name” and “trademark,” which can make a huge difference in legal situations. What is a Trade Name? Basically, a trade… Read More »

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Employment Torts Small Business Owners Need to Be Aware of

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you run a small business with just a few employees, you may not be aware there is an entire category of workplace claims that can land you, as the business owner, on the receiving end of a lawsuit. These claims are typically referred to as “employment torts.” These claims are often brought forth… Read More »

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Why Use a Living Trust over a Will?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you’re figuring out estate planning, many people automatically default to thinking about having a will prepared. However, have you thought about a living trust? Do you know the differences and why a living trust may be a better alternative to a standard will? Without either, your estate would likely pass to your spouse… Read More »

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Can an Email become a Binding Contract?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

While most people consider email to be a form of informal communication, there are times where message exchanges can contain proposed agreements and offers. There is a misconception that just because a document isn’t signed, it’s not a binding contract and neither party can be held to the agreement. However, there may be instances… Read More »

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What to know about Adding a DBA to Your Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Some businesses want to do business under a name that differs from their true legal name, and that is where adding a DBA, or trade name, comes into play. What is a Trade Name? A trade name is essentially any name that you use in your business operations that differs from the full legal… Read More »

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Transfer of Copyright Ownership

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you’ve wondered whether a copyright can be transferred to someone else, the answer is yes. Copyrights are important, especially to small businesses, as they allow an author to create original works without the concern that it will be stolen by someone else. You can register your copyright to make it easier to protect,… Read More »

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Mistakes Small Business Make When Choosing a Trademark

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When starting your small business, one of the most important elements is establishing your trademark(s). This is a critical element, as your trademark identifies your brand. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a trademark as “a word, phrase, symbol and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of… Read More »

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Overview of Small Estate Probate in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

For individuals who died after April 26, 2001, and whose assets didn’t exceed $40,000, a small estate probate proceeding is an alternative to standard probate. Opening a small estate proceeding allows the court to appoint a personal estate representative to settle claims and make a distribution of assets. These types of proceedings are typically… Read More »

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Nationwide Immigration Raid Results in 21 Arrests

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

According to various media reports, U.S. Immigration officials conducted a nationwide raid of 7-Eleven stores on January 10, 2018, which resulted in the arrest of 21 people believed to be in the country illegally. It’s the biggest immigration crackdown in recent years, with agents targeting nearly a hundred stores between California and New York,… Read More »

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Situations Where You Need a Business Lawyer

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Some people assume retaining an attorney is only necessary in matters involving car accidents, medical malpractice, or pending criminal charges. However, business lawyers make up a large segment of practicing attorneys, and for good reason. There are a number of instances where retaining a business lawyer is absolutely essential. Our legal team has experience… Read More »

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