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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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Protecting Your Business from a Wrongful Termination Claim

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Washington DC is what’s known as an “at will” employment district, which means an employer can typically let someone go from their job for any reason and at any time. While this is generally true, there are a number of federal and District of Columbia statutes that have created exemptions that would make it… Read More »

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Potential Legal Issues Washington DC Small Businesses May Face

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Small business owners can feel overwhelmed when forming a new business. It pays to be prepared, not only when starting your business, but in how you handle day to day operations. It’s also important to understand potential legal issues you may face as a new small business owner. Consulting an experienced Washington DC small… Read More »

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Defending Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, it’s almost inevitable that at some point, an employee will file an unpaid overtime pay or wage claim against you. Just because the burden of proof is on you as the employer, it doesn’t mean you can’t successfully defend a claim that has no merit. Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims The hardest claims… Read More »

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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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