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Should I Incorporate My Business?

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A question on the mind of most starting a new business is what type of entity should I form? Georgia law imposes certain filing requirements which vary depending on the type of business entity a person chooses to create. Starting a corporation, for example, involves taking different steps than would be required in establishing… Read More »

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Why You Should – or Should Not – Pursue an Acquisition

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Like so many aspects of national and global economies, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity tends to wax and wane. Nonetheless, billions of dollars continue to change hands annually; and an acquisition can be a great way to grow a business. So if one of these deals comes your way, it is important to carefully… Read More »

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Potential Tax Reform & Its Impact on Small Business

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The White House announced its tax reform plan on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, by releasing a breakdown of the key points of the plan in what is likely to be the opening bid of a long negotiation process. Of particular note for our business clients is the aggressive cut in corporate tax rates to… Read More »

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Reviewing Your Company’s Buy-Sell Agreement

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If you own a business and follow professional advice, you have likely established a buy-sell agreement in case you or a co-owner voluntarily or involuntarily leaves the company. Assuming this is true, remember that it is not enough to draft an agreement and put it in a safe place. You need to review and… Read More »

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Updating Your Corporate Records: Annual Registration Reminder

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Each year it is essential to keep business records current. This e-alert provides important information on these compliance requirements and why you should “attend to your corporate housekeeping.” Annual Registration(s) Georgia Entities The annual registration renewal period has begun for officers and registered agents of business entities in Georgia. The deadline for the annual… Read More »

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Don’t Think Economic Espionage Impacts Your Business? Now It Does.

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On May 11, 2016, the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 was amended by the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA represents the most significant trade-secret reform legislation in several decades. For the first time, the DTSA has created a federal private cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The federal… Read More »

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The Importance of Planning an Exit Strategy for Your Business

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Successful small business owners are extremely adept at being flexible, deriving innovative strategies, and overcoming obstacles in their goal to grow and expand their businesses. However, in focusing on the growth of their businesses, many business owners overlook a key aspect of business planning – having an exit strategy in place. Every business owner… Read More »

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Trademarks as Valuable Business Assets

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Imagine a landowner finding gold on his land and then spending significant resources to build a mining operation, only to later discover that someone else owns the mineral rights to the land. Such a discovery would not only greatly reduce the value of the land to the owner, but it would also mean the… Read More »

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Do Not Overlook These Legal Checkpoints When Making a Business Investment

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If you are considering buying or investing in a business, you may already have talked to an accountant, business broker and a banker. A lawyer also should be on your list of advisers. Lawyers are trained to see the big picture and how all the moving parts of a deal touch each other. They… Read More »

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DOL Puts Businesses on Notice Regarding Independent Contractors

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In 2011, the Obama Administration began an initiative to rein in the use of independent contractors. On July 16, 2015, the Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1 (AI), to give additional guidance regarding the application of the standards for who is an “employee” under the… Read More »

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