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Is an Advertisement Considered an Offer?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you’re a new small business owner, the theory of contract law can be terrifying. If you have goods for sale, it’s important to understand how offer and acceptance works, and what role advertisements play in contract law. What is Construed as Offer and Acceptance? An offer is an indication by someone expressing their… Read More »

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Comparing Business Organization Types: Which is Right for Your Small Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you’re a small business owner starting out, it may seem overwhelming to decide how you should set up your business. There is no one option that suits every person’s situation and company. Understanding the pros and cons of the most common business organization types can help you narrow your options. Also, consider retaining… Read More »

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Tax Deductions Small Businesses May be Missing Out on

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Given that a large number of American businesses fall under the “small business” category, it’s conceivable that many businesses are preparing their federal income tax returns with their personal tax returns. Sole proprietorships claim income and losses from their business on their personal returns, as do any “pass-through” entities like S corporations, LLCs, or… Read More »

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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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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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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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Small Businesses and Legal Advice

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Running a small business is like riding a bucking a bull; there are wild ups and downs, each down a potential disaster that could land you on your keister. Delays in shipping, unruly employees, fluctuating markets, any of these are conceivable pot holes on the road to financial success. Any smart business owner, regardless… Read More »

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