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Protecting Company Trade Secrets in the Era of Remote Work

The unprecedented nature of COVID-19 left many businesses scrambling to develop telework policies and proprietary protections. It’s challenging to protect company secrets with employees working from family computers in their living rooms, and this was understandably low on the priority list for struggling companies. While you may trust your staff, protecting corporate trade secrets involves […]

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Does my Business Need a General Legal Counsel?

From obtaining an EIN to negotiating startup acquisitions, nearly every aspect of running a small business requires legal know-how. Even minor oversights during the registration process can have devastating consequences for Virginia corporations, but many new companies cannot afford seemingly expensive corporate counsel. Instead, business owners commonly turn to discount legal services and self-help tools […]

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Employers Could Face Tort Liability for Independent Contractors

Employers usually think they won’t be held legally responsible for tort claims based on their independent contractors’ work. But there are apparent exceptions to this rule. Under a common-law principle known as Respondeat Superior, when employers assign their employees any task on behalf of their business, employees owe a legal duty to practice reasonable caution […]

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Virginia Construction License

If you offer or are planning to offer services related to construction in Virginia, you need a general contractor license to operate legally. But the specific license you will need must be based on the types and scope of projects you want to perform. In Virginia, the term contractor means any individual that can bid […]

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Important Considerations Before Accepting to be an Estate Executive

Being the executor of an estate comes with many duties and responsibilities. You’ll find the basics below so you can have an idea of what you can expect before you accept the role of an executor.Being selected as the executor of an estate is often an honor, but it’s also a legal obligation. So before […]

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Employer-Mandated Vaccinations for Covid-19

There are three vaccines for the Covid-19 virus available and recommended in the United States: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Covid-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine consists of 2 shots in the upper arm, administered 21 days apart. The Moderna vaccine also consists of two shots. However, the […]

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Trademarks: Protecting Against Counterfeit Sellers

A trademark includes any word, name, or symbol used to identify and distinguish one seller’s goods from the goods of other sellers of others. The symbols, phrases, and words make brands and products unique and allow consumers to identify high-quality products. The Lanham Act of the United States Code is a law that provides for […]

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Purchasing or Starting a Medical, Dental, or Veterinary Practice

If you are a doctor, dentist, or veterinarian, you’ve gone through the arduous process of obtaining an undergraduate degree and the ongoing to an additional four years to earn the title “Doctor.” Even upon completing academic requirements, you’ve likely been required to complete years of further training before you can go out on your own. […]

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The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act Is About to Become Reality

Virginia businesses that maintain and use customers’ data should be aware of what is on the horizon. The Virginia Legislature is poised to finalize and pass data privacy legislation that will impose new obligations on these businesses called the Consumer Data Protection Act. Companies should begin to prepare themselves for the new statutory requirements by […]

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How to Avoid and Resolve Partnership Disputes

A partnership is created when two or more individuals agree to operate a business as co-owners. A partner does not have to be an individual. It can be an entity such as an organization or a trust. Any partner can have any share of the partnership. However, the total percentages must equal 100%. There are […]

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