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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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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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