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January 18, 2017 offers some thoughts on fixing contracts

Contracts can be tough to read and even tougher to understand, even for trained practitioners. Here is a recent article on that offers common sense advice for fixing contracts. If you can’t stand contracts you can’t understand, let’s work together to provide your business with clear, short, and enforceable...

May 19, 2016

The Hidden Legal Issues Facing Your Business

As a Los Angeles-based attorney for small businesses, I’ve found that most clients understand the core legal issues relevant to their business. For creative enterprises, as one example, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets laws loom large. There are, however, a host of other legal issues many clients are unaware of....

April 14, 2016

What to consider when hiring an employee

Whether you’re a photographer hiring a post-production assistant, a caterer hiring a sous chef, or a designer bringing in someone to do the books, there are several issues to consider when hiring an employee for your creative enterprise. Use a written agreement If you are hiring any person to do...

March 7, 2016

Take an active role in your legal representation

I like to tell my clients they are in the driver’s seat. As their attorney, I am the navigator. My job is to advise them on the law, make the best recommendations I can, and provide the most lucid explanations for those recommendations. But, ultimately, the client is in control....

February 8, 2016

Business? Pleasure? Or both?

“Friends don’t necessarily make good business or creative partners.”-Attributed to Joseph Barbera, who created many great cartoons with his friend William Hanna Creating art with someone you love, someone you’re intimate with, can be an incredible experience. When love disappears from a relationship you break up; if you’re married you...

February 1, 2016

Pro Tip: Stay away from "Mad-Libs Style" legal service providers

Without naming names, I understand the appeal of Mad-Libs Style legal service providers that sell pre-drafted, one-size-fits-all legal solutions that you customize with the particular details of your business or transaction.  These at-your-fingertips resources are tempting, in part because you can get things accomplished on your own schedule and at...

January 21, 2016

Pro Tip: Budgeting for legal services

Have you heard the old adage, "You've got to spend money to make money"?  Starting a new business is a costly endeavor.  Many of those costs are incurred upfront, even before you start generating revenue. One line item you should certainly budget for at the outset is legal services. In...

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