Key Terms That Should be Included in an Independent Contractor Agreement

One of the most common issues facing small businesses is how to govern relationships with independent contractors.   Which is not really surprising, since many small businesses use independent contractors to perform critical work functions like website development, marketing, bookkeeping and other important functions that keep your business functioning and growing. To protect your company’s future, […]

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How to Avoid a Legal Hangover from a Holiday Office Party

Holiday parties that had fallen victim to the economic recession are now back at many offices across the country, and are a wonderful way to show your appreciation for your employees and their hard work during the year. However, business owners are also wary of hosting parties that could leave them with a legal hangover. […]

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Family Business Succession Planning Issues

If you have a family business that you wish to leave to heirs after you retire or die, then it is imperative that you tackle the task of business succession planning — especially if you have a blended family or if there will be multiple generations involved. Some of the key planning issues you will […]

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Factors in Choosing an LLC Over a Sole Proprietorship

As a business owner, choosing the entity structure for your new venture is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. There are both tax and legal consequences to each different entity type, and examining the pros and cons of each before making a final decision is a smart move. If you are […]

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How to Fight a Post-Foreclosure Deficiency Judgment in New Jersey

Unfortunately, New Jersey homeowners already in danger of losing their primary residence to foreclosure face another potential financial hardship known as a post-foreclosure deficiency judgment. When a home is sold in a foreclosure sale for an amount that is less than what the homeowner still owes on the mortgage loan, this causes a deficiency. For […]

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5 Alternatives to Foreclosure for NJ Homeowners

In New Jersey, lenders must file a lawsuit in order to foreclose on a home. After the housing market crisis several years ago where thousands of homeowners were forced from their homes, many lenders were required by new laws protecting consumers to offer alternatives ways to deal with underwater mortgages in order to prevent foreclosure. […]

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Common Defenses to a Foreclosure Action in New Jersey

New Jersey is a judicial foreclosure state, which means that your foreclosure action must be brought before a court.  You may be able to put the foreclosure action on hold pending court review if you can successfully challenge it with one or more of the following defenses: Mortgage ownership – The foreclosing party must be […]

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Special Provisions for Small Business Owners Filing Chapter 11

To reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, big corporations and small businesses generally have to follow the same rules. However, special provisions exist for small business debtors that can speed along the Chapter 11 process To qualify as a small business debtor under the Bankruptcy Code, a person or company must: Be engaged in commercial or […]

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The Corporate Decisions That Must be Documented

Corporation owners are required to maintain corporate records, including documenting major corporate decisions, as well as hold meetings of shareholders and Board of Directors. If these formalities are neglected and the company has legal problems, shareholders could be held personally liable for corporate liabilities if a court finds the proper formalities were not followed and […]

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Top 5 Misconceptions About Business Incorporation

If you are in the process of starting a new business, deciding on whether or not to incorporate that business can have long-term consequences when it comes to taxation and personal liability protection. This is why it is important to separate myth from fact about business incorporation; here are five common misconceptions: Incorporation allows businesses […]

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