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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

Updated July 14, 2015

Premium Lock Amazon accused of antitrust violations; Firefox blocks Flash; Undercover Colors testing; BioDelivery Sciences VP named

Bulldog In today's Bulldog Update of technology news: Amazon accused of antitrust violations; Firefox disables Flash; Undercover Colors testing drug detecting nail polish; BioDelivery Sciences names VP; Liquidia names COO.

July 13, 2015

Premium Lock Silicon Valley firm takes court disputes online

Colin Rule, CEO of Modria Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely online. A Silicon Valley company is starting to make both possibilities a reality

July 8, 2015

Premium Lock Unraveling the mystery of phantom stock

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Before you decide to part ways with equity ownership in your business to get, retain, or motivate key employees, you should consider the options and benefits that a phantom stock plan can provide to both your business and your employees.

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June 24, 2015

Premium Lock Do you hear what I hear? A child's perspective

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: When does it matter and how do I get a judge to consider the child's wishes when it comes to determining custody?

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June 10, 2015

Premium Lock The I's Have It: Immunity, indemnification, and insurance for nonprofit directors

Ward and Smith, P.A.   There are many opportunities to serve on the board of a nonprofit corporation, whether a public charity, private foundation, home-owner association, trade association, or church. Before joining a nonprofit board, however, you should consider the liability protections you can expect under the North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Act, the nonprofit corporation's governing documents and the nonprofit corporation's directors' and officers' liability insurance policy.

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May 27, 2015

Premium Lock Modern estate planning - It's all about that basis

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Avoidance of estate taxes is one consideration in estate planning. Under current law, however, estate tax issues generally affect only the wealthiest 1% of the population, but everyone should be mindful of income tax issues, specifically basis, when making estate planning decisions. Due to changes in the tax laws, estate plans and trusts put in place under prior law may no longer efficiently address these income and tax basis issues.

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May 13, 2015

Premium Lock New commercial lease accounting rules: How they may affect both owners/landlords and lessees

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: As two of the accounting world's major governing bodies work to converge their standards on the recognition of revenue of contracts with customers, they are changing the rules on how lessees must address leases on their balance sheets and profit and loss statements. The result may drastically alter how commercial leases are negotiated.

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April 29, 2015

Premium Lock 'I'm from the government and here to help:' The NLRB's new EXPEDITED union 'representation case procedures'

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Union membership in the private sector, nationwide and in states like North Carolina, is hardly flying off the shelf. It now appears that the NLRB is trying to accomplish by administrative fiat what has not been accomplished legislatively (i.e., to make it easier for unions to win "certification" elections).

April 15, 2015

Premium Lock Spousal Guaranties--Clarifying the rules governing personal guaranties from spouses of borrowers

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: When lenders make a loan to a closely-held company, they frequently require one or more of the company's principals to personally guarantee repayment of the loan. Can they require that the principal's spouse also guarantee the loan?

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April 14, 2015

Premium Lock This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

U.S. Patent Office  "Patent trolls" generally refer to businesses that buy up patents, particularly in technical areas like computer chips, cloud computing and wireless routers, with the sole intention of filing lawsuits or demanding licensing fees from tech companies, particularly startups around the time of their public offering.

April 1, 2015

Premium Lock Transportation Corridor Protection Maps--A new basis for inverse condemnation claims in North Carolina

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TecLlaw: A recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision gives protection to all landowners subject to a North Carolina Department of Transportation Corridor Map.

March 18, 2015

Premium Lock With tax season upon us, are you aware of all the tax reform that may impact your taxes this year?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: The United States Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly have made some significant tax reforms over the past couple of years that may have a considerable impact on your taxes this year. It's important for you to understand how these changes may impact you so that you can properly budget your personal finances and potentially implement some tax planning strategies.

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Updated March 13, 2015

Premium Lock Latest news on Steve Jobs, Lyft vs. Uber, the cybersecurity bill

Bulldog In today's Bulldog tech roundup: Racy posts on hacked Charlotte Motor Speedway social media; New books says Steve Jobs considered buying Yahoo; Lyft funding increases ride-sharing competition; NC Senator Burr on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, Vaeant ups offer for Salix.

March 4, 2015

Premium Lock It's a good time to perform a checkup on the beneficiaries of your IRA

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Designating the beneficiary of your IRA has more pitfalls than you may think and, due to a recent United States Supreme Court opinion, this decision has become even more complicated.

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February 4, 2015

Premium Lock Get consumer electronic consents right and avoid salt in the wound

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Clicking the "Accept" or "Agree" button on a website has become a daily ritual. Electronic consents have become ubiquitous because businesses of all kinds need to obtain them from customers for a host of reasons. However, many are simply doing it wrong.

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January 21, 2015

Premium Lock Please release me: How to obtain or prevent third-party releases in bankruptcy

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Bankruptcy protection--particularly in a Chapter 11 reorganization--can be a powerful tool for a company in financial distress. But can a debtor company go even further and use its plan of reorganization to secure releases not only for itself, but for third parties such as its officers or owners?

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December 24, 2014

Premium Lock 2015 Affordable Care Act forecast: Employers, beware of ACA traps, pitfalls, uncertainties

TechLaw: Employers must tread carefully in selecting employee benefit plans and avoid the temptation to implement healthcare cost saving tactics that push the boundaries of federal law. Otherwise, they may find themselves in the crosshairs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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December 10, 2014

Premium Lock What is an easement, how do I get one, and what is it good for?

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Is it possible for someone to have the right to use your land even though you haven't given them permission?

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Updated November 26, 2014

Premium Lock 'It ain't over 'til it's over' - Use of a funded revocable trust in estate planning

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: Funded revocable trusts can simplify and reduce the cost of managing your assets during your life and distributing them after your death.

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November 12, 2014

Premium Lock Resolving your property zoning problems

Ward and Smith, P.A.   TechLaw: What do you do when you've found the perfect location for your business or project, but you discover that it's not properly zoned for what you want to do or your use of the property is limited by local zoning ordinances?

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