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What is Tortious Interference?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Within the District of Columbia, tortious interference involves a third party disrupting an existing business relationship or contract between two parties. There are two main types of tortious interference —tortious interference with prospective business relations or tortious interference with contract. If tortious interference is proven, the wronged parties are entitled to recover damages for… Read More »

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Main Types of Intellectual Property Litigation in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

While no business wants to be involved in litigation, there are times where it may be inevitable. Perhaps you need to bring a lawsuit against another company who wronged you in some way, or your business has been served with lawsuit. One of the more common types of commercial litigation lawsuits involves intellectual property… Read More »

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Washington DC Estate Planning: How to Choose an Executor for Your Will

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When drafting your will, one of the most important decisions you have to make is who to name as your estate’s executor. After you pass away, the executor will essentially step into your shoes, which means this individual can perform legal tasks that you would have previously handled. This person can sell real estate,… Read More »

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Exceptions to At-Will Employment Rules in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It’s not uncommon for many businesses in Washington DC to have “at-will” employees on their staff. These are employees who are not under a contract and can leave their job at any time. This also means that as the employer, you are generally allowed to fire them at any time for some reason or… Read More »

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What Does Piercing the Corporate Veil Mean?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Business owners typically choose to form either a limited liability company (LLC) or a corporation, which provides a number of benefits, including the ability to have some personal liability protection from the company’s debts and liabilities. However, there are times where a corporation’s shareholders or owners, or the LLC’s members, will be held personally… Read More »

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Common Legal Problems Washington DC Small Businesses May Face

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you are an owner of a small business, you may feel you’re in over your head sometimes. Legal problems when starting out can cripple your business, both financially and physically. Some people mistakenly assume that a small business doesn’t have a need for an attorney, but that is not entirely true. Washington DC… Read More »

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Contesting a Will in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The purpose of a will is to spell out how a deceased person wants their property and other assets to be distributed. A valid will is legally binding, and is one that is properly executed, the decedent was in his or her right mind, and there was no undue outside influence. Therefore, it is… Read More »

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Risks of Misclassifying Employees in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As a small business owner, you may not have a lot of experience in dealing with applicable employment and labor laws. One of the most important things you need to get right is your classification of employees. Ensuring that your employees are properly compensated can help reduce the risk of costly litigation. We recommend… Read More »

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Overview of Washington DC Workers’ Compensation Laws

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer in the District of Columbia, it’s important to ensure your business is fully compliant with workers’ compensation laws. Failure to adhere to all employment related laws increases your risk for potential lawsuits and expensive fines. If you run a business, no matter how small, we recommend you meet with a Washington… Read More »

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Reasons You Need an Operating Agreement for Your LLC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

No matter whether you set up a corporation or an LLC, it’s inevitable you will have business disputes at some point. Unfortunately, some of these disputes are not with outside vendors or clients, but between the owners or members of the company. People form LLCs because they are relatively easy and inexpensive to set… Read More »

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