How a Lawyer Can Help You Craft an Operating Agreement for Your Small Business

There are a few standard types of business arrangements for commercial companies and nonprofits. Each of these have unique issues and guidelines for conducting their daily operations. The main types of business structures are: A sole proprietorship A partnership A limited liability company A corporation There are financial, tax, operational, and practical issues that govern…

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Sovereign Citizens and the Courts

A “sovereign citizen” holds the belief that he or she is not a citizen of the United States or of any State. Though it seems now that the “sovereign citizen” argument is heard more frequently in the courts, the courts have rejected it. Their arguments are passionately made and the individuals claiming it appear to…

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What Is a Qui Tam Lawsuit?

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law that provides important protections for the federal government against different types of fraud. Individuals who defraud the government by issuing false claims are targeted by this law. These claims can include demands for money from the government. Any person who knowingly issues a false claim, causes…

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Four Myths About Lawsuits Debunked

Television shows and movies about the law and attorneys often take liberties about how the legal process works. Trials happen quickly, verdicts are returned after a commercial break, and in TV and movie land, justice comes easily. Dramatizations and the media don’t focus on the small details that make up most of civil or criminal…

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What Are the Penalties for Assault?

Tennessee state law defines two types of assault: simple and aggravated. Individuals accused of assault crimes may face misdemeanors or felony charges based on the severity of the offense and the particular acts and circumstances allegedly done. Penalties associated with these crimes can range, including significant fines and prison time. Simple assault in Tennessee According…

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Protective Steps Businesses Should Consider during Reopening

As they reopen after the mandated COVID-19 lockdowns, businesses should consider what precautions to take to reduce the risk of lawsuits filed against them. Generally, customers and visitors to retail stores, professional businesses, and even non-profit businesses can file a claim against the property owners for negligence or for those injuries caused by careless or…

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Franchise Realities

There are numerous franchising opportunities, but a potential buyer of a franchisee must be beware and vigilant before buying a franchisee. Know what you are buying and know your obligations on the front end. Too often, a franchisee learns about critical and expensive obligations only after entering a franchise contract. Know this: A franchisor requires…

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Basics of a Buy-Sell Agreement

Businesses need a plan for events beyond their control. This includes the death of owners in a business, the divorce of key personnel, an accident that causes an owner to become incapacitated, or other contingencies. When these events happen, the other owners and interested personnel in the business need to ensure their ownership interests are…

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