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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.

Using the Internet When Hiring

One of the benefits of information being so readily available online these days it that it takes some of the mystery out of hiring employees.   Everyone puts their best face forward in an interview but how is a Business Owner or Manager to really know who it is they are hiring?  Conveniently, the advent of […]

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Would a Trademark Attorney Have Helped Olivia Jade?

The recent college admissions scandal has been abundant in the media in recent weeks. The story continued to grow yesterday when the US Patent and Trademark Office officially rejected Olivia Jade Beauty’s trademark application due to punctuation or more specifically, the lack thereof. The trademark officer, after reviewing the application, felt that the details for […]

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Beware of Nominee Services

Why the Small Business Owner Should Think Twice About Handing Their Company Over to Online Strangers. Nominee Services are common in the legal and financial fields.  Basically, they allow companies to elect another party to do tasks for them.  Generally, this allows the company to remain anonymous in such transactions. They are quite common place […]

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Bad Business Partners

I find myself writing about my clients and their bad business partners with the same sentiment and phrases that I would probably tell the story of my failed marriage with.   They all start out the same. On paper, they seemed so right.  Similar background, seemingly shared goals and vison for the future.  Seemingly similar intellect.  […]

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Banking and the Small Business Owner

The Corporate Veil:  Don’t pierce it! “Piercing the Corporate Veil” refers to the situation when a court puts aside the protections that are normally associated with an incorporation.  The very reason you went to the trouble and expense to incorporate in the first place will be rendered void if you do not routinely exercise a […]

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Stalker Survival and Owning a Business

How the Anonymous LLC allows for Business Owners to protect themselves from being a victim of harassment. There are many arguments that point to transparency in business ownership as a plus to the community at large. With lighting speed, information that once required the aid of a Private Detective to uncover is now just a […]

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Contract Tip: What is a Counterpart Clause?

Boilerplate contract terms are often overlooked, and in some cases, this can be dangerous. A counterpart clause is one such often overlooked contract term. While I would hesitate to classify it as “dangerous,” understanding what the clause means and does is helpful in understanding your duties and obligations under the contract. The Counterpart Clause To […]

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