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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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How To Talk To Your Lawyer

We get it. No one wants to talk to lawyers. But there comes a time in everyone’s life—whether it be good news (Marriage) or bad news (Divorce)—when you’ll need to consult with a lawyer. And when that time comes, there are a few tips you should consider to make the legal process a whole lot…
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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 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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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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We Are Teaming With The American Bar Association To Explore Expanded Online Opportunities For Lawyers.

It’s a very happy Friday here at Rocket Lawyer indeed. Today we announced that we are teaming up with the American Bar Association to explore innovative solutions to a vexing legal paradox – the difficulty small businesses face finding affordable legal services at a time when many lawyers would welcome expanded professional opportunities. Through a…
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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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Ever Wonder Which States Are the Best for Business?

Starting up a new business is always a risky and formidable endeavor, but some states make it easier for entrepreneurs to set up shop than others. In December 2013, The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released a report that ranked states based on one major criteria- how helpful they are to small business owners. The…
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Obama Signs Exec Order to Protect LGBT Federal Contractors

On June 16, President Obama announced he would take unilateral action by signing an executive order that will prohibit businesses with federal contracts exceeding $10,000 from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The order will not extend to private sector businesses that don’t have such contracts with the…
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