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Larry Donahue is an attorney and founder of Law 4 Small Business, P.C. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New Mexico and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

What are the Pros/Cons to adding additional Class Codes to my Trademark Application?

Trademarks are associated with a product or service, and products and services are distinguished by “Class Codes” which designate high-level categories that a particular product or service falls into. There are 45 classes, or categories, that cover all goods and services. Classes 1-34 are for goods, classes 35-45 are for services. Each class can cover […]

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What is an Advocate?

An Advocate is someone who works on behalf of another person.  People in need of advocates are usually members of a population that may have significant challenges or roadblocks to resources, understanding or navigation within the legal system.   Common Types of Populations That Benefit from Advocate Help: Children  Abuse victims Poor Disabled Victims of crimes […]

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Employees Lying on LinkedIn. Should Employers Care?

More and more often I find myself sitting, mouth agape, absolutely mesmerized by what I find when looking at the LinkedIn profiles of people I am familiar with.  Specifically, their self-stated and fully fictitious resumes, experience, and education.  Social media, by its nature, is deceptive.  (Have you looked at the pictures on Instagram and Facebook […]

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Pay-if-paid vs. Pay-when-paid in Construction Contracts

What every subcontractor really needs to understand. One little word in a contract can make a big difference. Take for example the word “if” and the word “when”. If you are a subcontractor, your ability to get paid and when that payment will happen is dependent on whether the word “if” or the word “when” […]

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How to Handle a Reference Call On The Employee You Fired.

Consider the notion that no good deed or lapse in professionalism usually goes unpunished. Is there anything more dreaded for a business owner or manager than to have to put up with and eventually terminate a bad employee? Maybe. How about the uncomfortable reference check or inquiry regarding your old problematic employee? The situation gets […]

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What Is an Annual Report and Why Is It Important?

Some states call it an Annual Report.  Other states refer to it as an Annual Registration or Statement of Information. At the end of the day, they are all essentially the same thing. An Annual Report, or whatever your state wants to call it, is information that business entities (Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Non-Profits, and Partnerships) […]

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COVID-19: Does Your Business Need a Waiver or Release for Customers and/or Employees?

Last Updated: No update. New article. The short answer is … it’s doubtful a waiver or release will protect your business from liability, unless you’re creating/following guidelines, enforcing guidelines, documenting incidents, and maintaining an incident log to prove you were following and enforcing guidelines. The longer answer is … We’re getting this question a lot, […]

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The Requirements Needed to Not Pay Back PPP Funds

*** Revised 5/1/2020: Provided an exact definition, based on the SBA’s definition, for “Full-Time Equivalent Employees”. The Paycheck Protection Program (or PPP) is an SBA loan that helps businesses maintain their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. It is a low-interest loan, with a term of up to 10 years, no personal guarantee or collateral required, […]

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