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CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT: WHAT IS IT AND DOES IT APPLY TO ME?

Over the last several weeks, you may have noticed that your email account has been inundated with notices that websites are updating their privacy policies. This is most likely because the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) went live on January 1, 2020. The CCPA gives California residents additional rights regarding how their personal …

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The Importance of Understanding Bylaws and Operating Agreements

One of the most common questions coming from start up companies revolves around what corporate governance documents are needed upon formation. Whether you are incorporating as a limited liability company (an “LLC”) or a Corporation, you need to take the time to put together and understand the initial corporate governance for your company, to ensure …

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Mission and Market, the First Two Considerations for a Start-up Social Venture

You’re fed up. There’s a social problem that you can’t stand. It seems imminently solvable if only someone would take the initiative to get it done. So you’ve made up your mind: you’re going to solve this problem by starting a business. You’ll immediately face an important decision. Is your business going to be a …

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Personal Guaranties and Service Contracts – A thorny legal issue

Many founders of small companies and social enterprises will be asked to Guaranty service contracts or engagement agreements with consultants or contractors.  This should raise some key questions before any founder or small business owner puts themselves, and their assets, on the line for these relationships. The concept of the personal guaranty is not a …

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Trying to Raise Capital? Seven Things Every Executive Summary Should Include

For Companies seeking to raise seed capital, or going out for investor financing, it is important to make sure your Executive Summary is well put together Executive Summaries are documents companies use when they begin to try to raise money and are used whether a company is pursuing early stage start-up financing or later capital …

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Boilerplate considerations: when to have an attorneys’ fees provision in your contracts.

I walked out of the conference room feeling great.  We had just hammered out a settlement dismissing a breach of contract lawsuit against our client.  The settlement terms were fair, and I was especially pleased because, at the time, I thought the chance that these particular parties would come to an agreement was slim.  Then …

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