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4 Scary Legal Myths for Your Small Business

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This was originally published on The Huffington Post: Small Business.  It can be dreadfully difficult to be a small business owner these days. Often you’re a one-person shop, and it can seem like a handful of full-time jobs just to keep up with your legal responsibilities on top of everything else. Unfortunately, one of the easiest…
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Consumers: You May Be Forfeiting Your Rights Online

As recently reported in the New York Times, a full one-third of top ranked websites forbid consumers from suing them for damages, unsavory practices, inflated charges, and general bad behavior through inclusion of forced arbitration clauses and class-action ban clauses. The prototypical cartoon image of two figures standing toe-to-toe and one red-faced man shouting into…
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The Internet of Things Will Change Property Rights Forever

Property law is one of the most ancient and fundamental legal theories in our justice system. Indeed, the cultural origins of property rights based on John Locke’s theory can be traced back to the biblical story of Adam and Eve, where God gave the earth to the two initial inhabitants and their children. Fascinatingly, apart…
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The 4 Secrets That All Savvy Lawyers Know

While many of you were chugging your third coffee and trying to shake off your case of the Mondays, Rocket Lawyer paid a visit to our sister city Palo Alto to plug into the inaugural LawTech Silicon Valley conference! Presented by The Recorder and Law Technology News, the event focused on four major challenges that…
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Mind Your Manners: Social Media Etiquette for Lawyers

Hey lawyers, here’s something I bet you’ve never heard before: you’re a lot like doctors. Traditionally, you both get a lot of your referrals via personal recommendations between friends, family members, and other close community ties. However, as more and more consumers become invested in the communities they build online, it’s increasingly important to make…
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The War of the Wages

Before Labor Day recedes too far into the horizon, let’s spend a few minutes discussing the illustrious and inventive ways that employers defraud their employees out of their earned wages, and legal remedies to counteract the practice. In last week’s companion blog Article 3, I mentioned a Subway franchise owner with the unlikely name of…
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Three Privacy Concerns For Your Clients In the Digital Age

Marlon Brando once said, “Privacy is not something that I’m merely entitled to, it’s an absolute prerequisite.” Unfortunately, Mr. Brando said this at a time when the world was much less connected — and he likely had great lawyers who could constantly protect his privacy without worrying what he would impulsively say on Twitter. Even…
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“Don’t Quote Me On That”: New Standards For Legal Advertising

Did you ever hear about the case of the lawyer and judge who went to court over the issue of whether the lawyer could run an ad claiming that the judge thought he was a great lawyer? It all began in 2008 when Andrew Dwyer, a Newark, New Jersey workplace discrimination lawyer, quoted three judges…
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Legal Start-Ups Offer Hope For Change

These are trying times: it’s hard to avoid reading about diminishing law school enrollment, the difficulty of graduates landing jobs with firms, and the alleged decline in legal profession prestige. Based upon headlines, it’s easy to conclude that all is doom-and-gloom in the legal profession, with little prospect for rejuvenation. Somewhat ironically, while lawyers are…
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How to Attract – And Keep – Your Customers

Customer retention is vital for any small business or start-up. Without it – your business will ultimately fail to prosper. With it – your potential for success is infinite. According to Harvard Business School, companies that increase customer retention rate by 5 percent on average increase their profits by 25 to 95 percent. There are…
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