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HOW DO I START MY OWN BUSINESS? (Part 1 of 3)

One of the American dreams is to be your own boss; to run your own business. The most common forms of business are sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC) and corporation (Corp). These are the “entities” through which you can operate a business and there are some variations of these as well. (This topic… Read More »

CONNECTICUT IS THE LATEST STATE TO “BAN THE BOX”

Connecticut is the most recent state to “ban the box,” joining a minority of states with similar laws (thirteen and counting). Beginning January 1, 2017, Connecticut employers will be prohibited from asking questions about an employee’s prior arrests and criminal charges or convictions on an initial application form. There are two limited exceptions to Connecticut’s… Read More »

MAY FREE SPEECH BE RESTRICTED AT PUBLIC MEETINGS?

A parent claims that his right to freedom of speech was trampled upon at a board of education meeting when he was denied the ability to read a letter in open session he had previously emailed to individual board members. The parent then insisted that the written statement be put on the board agenda for… Read More »

SHOULD I QUITCLAIM MY HOUSE FOR A REFINANCE OR EQUITY LINE?

It is not uncommon for a bank to require a borrower to be added to the title to the property if they are not already on it. However, transferring someone on or off title should not be taken lightly. Although the process is simple, the implications can be astronomical. How title is held to your… Read More »

WHY A BUSINESS NEEDS TO USE A CREDIT APPLICATION

A business credit application is a document used to collect credit information on customers and to get customers to agree to credit and other important terms. If your business extends credit to your customers, you need to get a Credit Application and Agreement from your customers. Why? Because a Credit Application will provide your business… Read More »

THE LATEST FAD: POKÉMON GO

In the past week or so, you may have heard a thing or two about the latest mobile phone app known as Pokémon Go, which is an augmented reality game in which people are utilizing their phone to locate and catch Pokémon characters. The application utilizes the GPS location features, the camera and other features… Read More »

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORLD OF LITIGATION

Social media is an important networking tool in this day and age of technology and one or more forms of social media are used by many individuals. However, there can also be a downside to over sharing on social media, particularly when a claim or litigation is involved. Suppose, for example, that you are involved… Read More »

BE(A)WARE OF CONSUMER ARBITRATION CLAUSES

Every year, billions of business transactions occur. Not surprisingly, some disputes arise between the businesses and the consumers involved in those transactions. What is surprising to many is that sometimes any legal claims a consumer may have against a business cannot be pursued in court. The reason: a consumer arbitration clause. Many contracts and terms… Read More »

WHAT IS COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION?

Commercial Arbitration is the submission of a dispute by agreement of business parties to a neutral third person, whom the parties have chosen to rule on their dispute. The disputing parties agreed in advance to comply with that person’s decision. Arbitration is one of several types of proceedings referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution or… Read More »

OBTAINING A PROPER TENANT APPLICATION

  As a landlord, selecting a tenant is often a difficult process.  It is important that a landlord screen prospective tenants to get the best tenant possible, while following proper procedures in that process.  One of the main tools a landlord can use is a tenant application form. A tenant application form is beneficial in… Read More »

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