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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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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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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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