Contract

Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code copyrighted by the American Law Institute is considered the primary source for the definition of a contract. All of the 50 states have incorporated all or most of the definition of this code as statue. A contract is defined as a legal obligation between two or more parties. A contract has to have four elements for it to be binding on the parties. These are 1) an offer, 2) acceptance, 3) consideration and 4) performance.

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) – Introduction

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A document used to protect the secrecy of information is called the non-disclosure agreement or NDA.   With business, it is customarily a legal contract signed by employees, owners, vendors and in some cases customers.

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Booth Rental – Legal and IRS Compliance

Booth Rental - Legal and IRS Compliance

A long standing custom in the hair salon industry is owners of salons leasing out booths to hair stylists.  If not properly documented and exercised appropriately, the owner opens the door for many legal issues.  Booth rental has both legal and IRS compliance issues that need to be addressed.  Booth rental is legal in many states but you must adhere to several contractual compliance requirements to completely separate your salon from the renter.

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Vertical Integration in Business

Vertical Integration

Vertical integration in business refers to the process of gaining control over more steps of the product production stream.  Whenever a business obtains or can greatly influence any one of these steps along the process of producing and selling a product, it is referred to as vertical integration.  

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Contract

Contract

A contract is defined as any oral or written agreement between two or more parties that exchange rights and/or duties between the parties.  Every contract has four essential elements.  The first two create ‘mutual assent’ or what is commonly referred to in law as a ‘meeting of the minds’. 

The Key Man

Key Man

One of the most misunderstood principles of business deals with the one or few individuals in a small business operation who are critical to operations.  This individual is referred to as the Key Man.  The best example is that of the primary wage earner in the family unit. 

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What are Trusts?

Trusts

A trust is an agreement for one party to care for the assets of another party for the benefit of a third party.  In essence, it is a business agreement.  The person creating or the original owner of the assets is referred to as the Grantor.  The party that will take care of the assets is known as the Trustee.  The third party to receive the benefits is referred to as the Beneficiary.

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What is a Contract?

Contract

Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code copyrighted by the American Law Institute is considered the primary source for the definition of a contract.  All of the 50 states have incorporated all or most of the definition of this code as statue.  A contract is defined as a legal obligation between two or more parties.  A contract has to have four elements for it to be binding on the parties. 

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How to Find a Good Business Attorney

In my 17 years of practice as an accountant I have met around 30 or so attorneys.  All the interactions were in reference to business issues for my clients.  Out of the 30 I have dealt with, I would hire two of them.

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