Debt Collectors Using Harassment and Unfair Tactics to Collect Debts

Debt collectors using harassment and unfair tactics to collect debts happens far too often. The Washington State Attorney General has taken notice, along with numerous federal, state and local law enforcement partners around the nation in a nationwide crackdown on abusive debt collectors. You can...

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The Court is considering whether Congress may confer standing upon a plaintiff who suffers no concrete harm, and who therefore could not otherwise invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court based on...

Starting a Business: Hiring an Attorney vs. Doing it Yourself or Online

Starting a new business can be very exciting, however, in order for an entrepreneur to succeed, among other things, they typically need to work hard and be diligent, service a need in the market, effectively marshal their resources, and have a little bit of luck....

Immigration Concerns for Foreign Entrepreneurs

When becoming involved with a startup in the US, foreign entrepreneurs often face an additional layer of legal issues involving immigration.  Quite frequently, I get asked questions relating to how investing in or working for a US company affects immigration status.  The short answer is that mere ownership of...

12 Tips to Attract Angel Investors

This is the first post in a series of blog entries designed to explain the funding process in different stages for the typical startup company.  This post focuses on financing at the beginning – angel  investments. So you have an idea.  An idea that will obviously...

Protecting Your Property: Limited Liability Considerations

Running a business can be risky.  Even with the best intentions, unexpected liabilities may arise which can be detrimental to a business, its owners, and its management.  Fortunately, with insurance and proper business planning, such liabilities can often be contained, minimized, and often eliminated. Whether...

Proper Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

Non-disclosure agreements (commonly referred to as “NDAs”) are very common in today’s business environment, as protecting company secrets and confidential information are often vital in maintaining competitive advantages. Whether these agreements are intended to protect customer lists, secret formulas, future expansion plans, or other valuable...