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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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Vicarious Liability and What it Means as a Small Business Owner

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As a small business owner, you already have enough on your plate trying to run a successful business, and ensuring you are in compliance with all laws, including employment and labor laws. If your business employs workers, something else you need to be keenly aware of is vicarious liability and the theory of respondeat… Read More »

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Copyrights and Works Made for Hire

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The general premise of copyright law is that ownership becomes the property of the author who created it from the moment it’s created. However, there is one exception to this which is known as “works made for hire.” This means the employer can be considered a copyright holder, even if the employee is actually… Read More »

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FTC Endorsement Guidelines and Online Influencers

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

With more and more people making their living through digital methods, the world of online-based businesses is continually expanding. A number of these online businesses are founded by people referred to as online influencers. These are people who are YouTube stars, brand ambassadors, bloggers, writers, authors, social media personalities, and more. The Federal Trade… Read More »

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What is Intellectual Property and Why It’s Important to Your Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Intellectual property (IP) is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as “the creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.” In some cases, small businesses neglect the basics of intellectual property law, potentially losing out on protecting their creations, or… Read More »

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Changes to Washington D.C.’s Family Leave Act May Be Imminent

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It was less than a year ago that the landmark family leave act, or the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016, was passed. Now, the D.C. Council is at odds over whether the act needs an overhaul already. What is the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act (UPLA) of 2016? The new law guarantees… Read More »

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Piercing the Corporate Veil

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of the reasons corporations are a popular type of business organization is the ability to reduce personal liability, as courts generally recognize the corporation as a separate legal entity from its shareholders. When a corporation incurs debts in excess of the corporation’s assets, creditors’ claims are typically satisfied with corporate assets only, no… Read More »

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