Many business owners often wonder why they would ever need a business law attorney on their payroll or on retainer. It's not uncommon to think about this issue, especially when many issues can be handled without the help of an attorney. For example, picking your company's name and writing a business plan. But, there are some more complicated issues that should be handled by an attorney.
Thinking of starting your own business in California? You might be worried about how difficult the process is or even if your business would qualify. Don't let these worries get in the way. It's actually quite easy to start a business in the state, but it's always a good idea to have an experienced business law attorney on your side in the event that any legal issues arise.
Just like any other entrepreneur in California, contractors are well aware of the need for effective advertising. However, as we've established in prior posts, unlike many other classes of entrepreneurs, contractors are subject to strict advertising requirements.
As we discussed in our previous post, California contractors looking to capitalize on the demand for repair and renovation projections brought about by the strong residential real estate market need to be aware that they are subject to strict advertising requirements.
The demand for residential property here in the Golden State remains strong just a few months into 2017 -- much to the delight of realtors and prospective home sellers. Indeed, statistics show that home sales across the state remain strong, experiencing only a slight dip in February.
When a group of talented individuals reaches the momentous decision to join forces and start a business, it initiates a formation process that can often prove to be equal parts fulfilling and frustrating.
Last time, our blog discussed how those mulling the possibility of becoming a contractor here in California may be surprised to learn that they must post a $15,000 contractor license bond with the Contractors State License Board as a condition of securing the necessary licensure.
While anyone looking to launch a career as a contractor here in California is undoubtedly aware that they will need to secure the necessary licensure before being able to take on any projects, they may be unaware of just how extensive the conditions that must be satisfied in order to secure this licensure really are.
Starting a new business in California can be an exciting time. Long held plans are about to ripen, and dreams are on the verge of becoming real. Nevertheless, many novice entrepreneurs fail to give careful thought to one of the most important decisions they will ever make: the legal form of their new entity.
Almost every California business possesses information that it deems vital to its success. Customer lists and financial information are common examples. Some companies employ manufacturing methods or chemical formulae that are not commonly known but which cannot be protected by a patent. A common issue for all such businesses is protection of this information, i.e., keeping the information out of the hands of competitors or potential start-up companies. California law provides two basic methods of protecting proprietary information: the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and confidentiality agreements. Whether either method should be used should be decided during the original business planning process.