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Do I need to think about exit strategy when starting my business?

There are basic steps that need to be taken when trying to get a business off the ground. We suspect that is something that any would-be entrepreneur in Dallas can appreciate. You need a great idea, of course. You also need solid planning that takes all potential business legal matters into consideration. And part of that plan should include an exit strategy.

Does a DBA registration offer any legal name protection?

Ah, the days of childhood when you could set up a crayon drawn sign on a corner, wheel out a wagon and start selling lemonade to passersby. You still may see some of these pop up businesses around Dallas on a hot summer day, but they are fewer and farther between than they used to be even 10 years ago.

Forming a business involves more than just filing paperwork

If you are thinking about forming your own business, you are likely concerned about three primary issues. First, you are likely concerned about the financial investment necessary to get your business off the ground. Second, you are likely concerned with numerous matters related to the operation of your business. Third, you are likely concerned with the legal paperwork you need to file in order to get your business recognized and protected.

What should your employee holiday policy look like?

When forming a business, it is important to be forward-thinking. It can be difficult to embrace this mindset at times, given that setting up a business often requires you to be very focused on the present moment. But as you sift through all the legal paperwork, the practical purchases and the innovations that will allow you to open your business’s doors, it remains imperative that you think beyond opening day when considering numerous business-related concerns.

Selecting a business entity: A vital part of business formation

Congratulations on deciding to start a business in the state of Texas. Owning your own business can be one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, and many people never look back after finding out what it is like to be their own boss.

After 5-year drop-off, startups make a comeback

Startups are a vital part of the economy in Dallas and the country as a whole. In 2009, however, there was a steep decline in the number of new startups in the U.S. Mostly attributed to the Great Recession, which began in 2007, the drop was likely a sign that fewer people were willing to take risks by starting their own business.

Avoiding unenforceable contract provisions - Part I

If you are a business owner or you are contemplating the process of starting your own business, you likely have some familiarity with contracts. As you are likely aware, contracts are meant to be legally binding documents. As a result, it is vitally important that contracts are drafted in specific ways, as certain missteps in the drafting process can render sections or the entirety of contracts unenforceable.

Considering legal issues pertaining to family businesses

Running a family business can be a uniquely rewarding experience. Sharing in the everyday triumphs and challenges of business operations with loved ones can deepen family bonds and create invaluable memories. In addition, it can be comforting to know that you have a shared history with your business partners and associates when your enterprise is “all in the family.”

Non-compete agreements becoming standard in many low-skill jobs

We have previously written about the proper use of non-compete agreements, as well as their legal limitations. In most cases, non-compete agreements serve a vital purpose: They prevent employees from taking proprietary knowledge and information and giving it to competing companies.

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