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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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At Will Employment in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of the most heated debates in the United States is the various issues that are related to labor laws. One one hand, there is the company’s objective to remain in business and achieve its mandate more so with the pressure of the shareholders. On the other hand, there are the rights and privileges… Read More »

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Business disputes are not uncommon in business environments.

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Business disputes are not uncommon in business environments. These include ethical issues related to finance and investment, disputes over intellectual property right, breach of fiduciary duty, conflict in employer-employee relation, and disputes related to insurance. In some cases, it is not possible to reach an amicable solution to such disputes through arbitration and negotiation…. Read More »

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Tax Breaks for Your Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Tax planning is critical for businesses, and business owners should explore the tax incentives that are available with their attorneys before some of them expire. The U.S. Small Business Administration has compiled a list of tax breaks that are set to expire on December 31, 2013 unless Congress extends them: Equipment Purchase Deductions: Instead… Read More »

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Tips for Selling a Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Strategic planning is crucial to selling your business. An important step is drafting an accurate sales agreement that contains all relevant terms. The sales agreement should be developed with an attorney and should specify, among numerous other issues, everything a buyer intends to purchase. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides the following comprehensive and… Read More »

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New Proposal? Old Offers? New Tax Proposal on the Table

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In late July, President Obama put fresh energy into the upcoming legislative battle over corporate tax reform and the need for increased spending on new jobs and national infrastructure. While pushing the debate forward, these proposals offer a mixed bag — and highlight the need for a simpler, more comprehensive stand on taxes by… Read More »

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Optimism Down Among Small Business Owners

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Our firm has substantial experience assisting business owners and operators create and cultivate their enterprises. For small business owners, confidence in the government has bogged down with the sequestration and a new report suggests a decrease in small business optimism after several months of improvement. In July, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)… Read More »

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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Your Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) makes it unlawful for companies and their representatives to make payments to foreign officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business — even when such payments (bribes) typify business practice in that country. Historically, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has prosecuted both the individual businessmen and the companies… Read More »

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Why Should My Contracts Include an Arbitration or Mediation Clause?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Managing litigation risk is an important issue for businesses of all types and sizes. In some cases, a single over-the-top judgment can push a vulnerable business into bankruptcy. Some legal risks do not permit advance planning and risk management, such as when an employee causes a serious motor vehicle accident or a visitor to… Read More »

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How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect my Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), businesses should be prepared to meet ACA requirements when they go into full effect in 2014. But with all the rumors and misinformation out there, how can you begin to estimate the actual effect of the legislation… Read More »

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