June 2017 Archives

Don't ignore online copyright infringement. Fight back.

As an artist, photographer or graphic designer, you've probably spent years perfecting your art. Whether you attended art school or are self-taught, you deserve to be compensated for your work, just like other professionals. You do work regularly for clients or sell your work. You are always pushing yourself to get better, to create something more engaging.

Should I consider leasing retail space in a strip mall?

Location is a key factor in your New York retail company's success, and finding a building on a commercial property that also accommodates other businesses may improve your foot traffic. Affordability starts with the monthly payment, but if you fail to read the lease carefully, you may miss other factors that will destroy your bottom line and jeopardize your success. According to the Small Business Administration, here are things you should consider when negotiating your lease.

The importance of having an advanced directive

End of life planning is an important task that many people in New York tend to neglect. Some of them do not realize that they do not need to be dying or disabled to benefit from having an advanced directive. Thinking ahead and preparing for the time(s) when they may be unable to care for themselves or make important decisions regarding their medical care can help to ensure that their preferences are known by their friends, family members and medical care providers. 

When it isn’t breach of contract

Contracts are an essential element of running a New York business, so breach of contract litigation has the potential to be devastating to a company. According to Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute, the person bringing the action has the burden of proof in a breach of contract claim, and must provide evidence of the following four things:

What entrepreneurs should know about angel investors

Possibly one of the most difficult aspects of starting a business in New York is coming up with the capital needed for success. According to Entrepreneur magazine, angel investors are quickly becoming the go-to source of funding for startups. These individuals are willing to invest their own money, even though they tend to make somewhat average salaries. Often, they are driven by an entrepreneur’s idea and vision rather than the need to see profits, making them a preferred resource for those who believe they have the next big product or service.

What happens when there's something off about a will?

There are certain kinds of people who intentionally target aging individuals for fraud. Sometimes they are nursing home or house care staff. Other times, they are people who become romantically entangled with someone near the end of life. Their ultimate goal is to receive a portion or all of someone's estate by preying on the emotions of someone in their last years. There are a number of different approaches to this kind of fraud, but the goal is always the same. An otherwise unrelated person gets added to a last will. That person then receives valuable assets because of his or her unscrupulous behavior.

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