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Posts tagged “TechLaw”

July 20, 2011

Premium Lock Patent reform legislation ... the race is on!

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Patent reform legislation pending in Congress is poised to become the most significant patent legislation in nearly 60 years. How will it affect your intellectual property management decisions?

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July 6, 2011

Premium Lock Having your cake and eating it too: Removing assets from your taxable estate while retaining access for your financial support

Ward and Smith, P.A. Techlaw: With the proper use of special trusts, you may "have your cake and eat it too" by removing assets from your taxable estate while nonetheless preserving your access to them for your personal financial support.

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June 22, 2011

Premium Lock Seeing red in green building issues

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Green building has graduated from fad to trend to a powerful force. Although green building only recently has challenged traditional construction, a gap between expectation and performance has begun to grow.

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June 8, 2011

Premium Lock Employers must act now to comply with EEOC disability regulations

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: On May 24, 2011, regulations went into effect that may expand the number of disabled employees in your workplace who will require accommodation.

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May 25, 2011

Premium Lock Raising new capital: Selling stock without registration? Be careful

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: It's time to raise capital to get your company off the ground or expanded. The sale of stock seems like the best approach, but what about the expensive registration requirements? Is there a way around them? Maybe.

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May 11, 2011

Premium Lock The value of non-compete agreements, trade secret protection to mid-sized businesses

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: There are simple legal steps a mid-sized business can take to protect its customer relationships and trade secrets.

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April 26, 2011

Premium Lock You're doing better financially, so it's a good time to consider your estate planning

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Recent changes to the federal transfer tax laws are taxpayer-friendly and present many planning opportunities for taxpayers during 2011 and 2012.

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Updated April 21, 2011

Premium Lock Intellectual property issues in the sale of your business

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Despite what business owners might think, almost every business, technology-related or not, has intellectual property. Consequently, intellectual property often is overlooked when a business is being sold. Understanding your business's intellectual property can be critical to selling your business smoothly, without undue delay.

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Updated April 13, 2011

Premium Lock Congratulations, you're a landlord - Now what?

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: You found residential rental property in foreclosure and you invested. What's next? Some recent changes in residential landlord-tenant law have made it more important than ever to know just what you have gotten into.

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Updated March 30, 2011

Premium Lock LLCs, other business entities may not protect members, owners from personal liability for their own wrongful actions

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The protections offered by limited liability companies and other limited liability business entities are invaluable to business owners. Nevertheless, in certain circumstances, a business owner may be held personally liable for his or her own wrongful actions, even when those actions are done in furtherance of the company's business.

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Updated March 2, 2011

Premium Lock From 'friend request' to discovery request: Issues raised by business use of social media

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media create new opportunities, risks, and obligations for a business, and especially when litigation is involved. This article briefly highlights a few of the most salient information management and litigation issues raised by a business's use of social media.

February 15, 2011

Premium Lock FTC may challenge Grifols buy of Talecris

FTC Sources close to the deal say U.S. antitrust regulators may challenge Spanish healthcare firm Grifols' planned buy of Talecris Biotheraputics.

February 2, 2011

Premium Lock Employers: Watch out for 'GINA' - genetic nondiscrimination

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act ("GINA") is intended to protect employees from discrimination based on unmanifested medical conditions. Recently issued regulations require all employers to modify their forms and policies related to medical inquiries about employees.

Updated January 19, 2011

Premium Lock Want to buy a corporate jet? Don't get grounded before leaving the runway

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Corporate jets transport key members of a company's management team in an efficient manner. However, special rules that apply to the ownership and operation of a corporate jet must be considered in order to avoid a number of expensive potential pitfalls.

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Updated January 5, 2011

Premium Lock It pays to know: What employees, owners with children should know about child support

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Correctly determining the income of parents is critical in establishing the proper child support obligation. North Carolina's recently revised Child Support Guidelines clarify what is and what is not income for purposes of child support.

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December 22, 2010

Premium Lock New Year's resolution: What employers need to know - and not do - in the new year

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: The vast majority of employers mean well and try to do the right thing. However, as the saying goes, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." Simply stated - it is hard to do the right thing if you don't understand what the law requires. As an employer, resolve to avoid some common mistakes this new year.

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December 8, 2010

Premium Lock The personal costs of commercial lending

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Commercial lending transactions can have far reaching implications, affecting more than just your business. In obtaining commercial loans, individuals may incur personal liability despite the protections afforded by various business structures.

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December 1, 2010

Premium Lock Premarital agreements - Hoping for the best, planning for the worst

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: Most people think that premarital agreements are only for the cold-hearted, the extremely wealthy, or fictional television characters, but, in reality, they may be a much needed tool for you. Ask yourself a question - would you enter into a business partnership with another person without clearly defining each partner's rights and obligations?

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November 10, 2010

Premium Lock Incorporating asset protection into your business succession plan

Ward and Smith, P.A. Tech Law: When a business owner plans to transfer ownership and management of the business to the next generation, protection of the business assets from lawsuits, divorce, bankruptcy, and other third party claims should be considered. Such protection frequently can be achieved by employing a few straight forward devices, such as limited liability companies, "spend thrift" trusts, and buy sell agreements.

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October 27, 2010

Premium Lock The Low-Profit Limited Liability Company ("L3C") – North Carolina's new double hybrid entity

Ward and Smith, P.A. TechLaw: In August, North Carolina recognized a new species of legal entity – the Low-Profit Limited Liability Company, or "L3C" – for the first time. To some, it is the "best of all possible worlds" because its purpose is to allow investors to make a profit while pursuing charitable and socially-beneficial goals.

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