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Courts Can Pierce the Corporate Veil to Make LLC Members Pay, but Only in Extreme Cases

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Most successful entrepreneurs have a series of failed business ventures in their past; trial and error are an essential part of the entrepreneurship process, and sometimes the process requires you to close an existing business entity and start over with a new one. If you are new to entrepreneurship, you might be surprised that… Read More »

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Maryland Entrepreneur Sues Business Partner for $30 Million

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When two friends go into business together, it can start out like a dream come true, but when business disputes arise between them, and can turn into a nightmare in which they both lose money and each other’s friendship. The last two decades have seen countless young entrepreneurs start Internet-based businesses, to the point… Read More »

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Which Business Structure Offers You the Best Protection in a Dispute Among Business Partners?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The first step in starting a business is filing for an employer identification number (EIN) for your business; an EIN is like a social security number, except for businesses instead of people. One of the first questions on the EIN application form asks you to choose an entity type, also known as a business… Read More »

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Changing Your Business Entity Type Requires the Professional Guidance of a Business Lawyer

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many businesses start out in the “see what happens” phase. You start marketing a product or providing a service and see if customers like it. When you go into a business project with a spirit of adventure, you are usually not thinking about details like taxes and legal liability. Consider the bright-eyed aspiring entrepreneurs… Read More »

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What Factors Should You Consider When Choosing a Business Entity for Your DC Small Business?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Once you’ve decided to start a business, one of the most challenging next steps is to decide what type of business entity you should form. Most small business owners may consider immediately defaulting to a sole proprietorship since it’s the easiest type of business to form. However, don’t think that just because you are… Read More »

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Should You Choose an LLC Business Structure?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you go to a family reunion and tell your cousins that you plan to open a business in the next few months, they will usually ask you what kind of business, and they will expect an answer such as “a bakery,” “a dog grooming service,” or “a yoga studio.” If one of your… Read More »

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Tips for Protecting Your Small Business from Being Sued in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

It’s understandable, as a small business owner, that you are very concerned about your assets and the possibility of being sued. Even a single lawsuit has the potential to cripple your business, which is why it’s imperative you take extra steps to help reduce the risk of being sued. One of the most important… Read More »

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Reasons a Freelancer May Need a Washington DC Small Business Attorney

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Running your own business is great, but working as a freelancer also comes with its share of challenges. Whether it’s ensuring you have enough clients to pay the bills, hunting down outstanding payments, or encountering complications at tax time, freelancing is not necessarily easy. Most freelancers are handling every aspect of their business on… 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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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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