What Is The Difference Between Legal Information And Legal Advice?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Business Law Basics | No Comments
What Is The Difference Between Legal Information And Legal Advice?

You’ve seen the disclaimers.  In fact, there’s one to the right of this posting.  It usually says something to the effect of this is only legal information and should not be construed as legal advice.  You’ll often see this statement on lawyers’ blogs, during lawyers’ presentations, or on websites where the company provides law-related services […]

Should I Use A Contract For My Freelance Work?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Contracts | No Comments
Should I Use A Contract For My Freelance Work?

As a freelancer, you’re very good at your craft, whether that’s photography, graphic design, web development, or some other specialty.  You provide your services in exchange for a fee. Although you may love what you do, the service you provide is part of a business.  And with each client you gain, you’re forming a business […]

What Do Lawyers Really Do?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Working With A Lawyer | No Comments
What Do Lawyers Really Do?

I often meet business owners who formed their businesses with a non-lawyer service rather than using a lawyer because the non-lawyer service was “more in line with their budget.” The non-lawyer services industry has done a fantastic job with their marketing.  They’ve left people with the impression that non-lawyer services (which always include a disclaimer […]

American Entrepreneur: Build Your Brand and Protect It

American Entrepreneur:  Build Your Brand and Protect It

There’s a fantastic series on PBS called Pioneers Turned Millionaires.  One of the people they featured in the first season was Henry John Heinz of Heinz ketchup fame. Although the series tells his complete story, I’m going to focus on just one part, how he built and protected his brand. We’re all familiar with ketchup […]

Business Law Basics: How To Form an LLC (or Corporation)

Business Law Basics: How To Form an LLC (or Corporation)

You’ve seen the commercials on TV and the ads in your Facebook feed about how easy it is to form an LLC or corporation.  You just pay the service provider $XX.95 and you’ll be in business.  Well, that’s true and not true. Yes, it is very easy to form a business entity.  Kind of like, […]

Entrepreneur Interview: Jill Fahlgren of The Possible Life

Entrepreneur Interview: Jill Fahlgren of The Possible Life

Words of Wisdom From Entrepreneur Jill Fahlgren To connect with Jill or to learn more about The Possible Life, you can reach her here: Website: www.thepossiblelife.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/jillfahlgren Twitter: @jillfahlgren Email: jill@thepossiblelife.com Phone:  312-339-3562 Flourish Counsel:  What kind of business do you run? Jill Fahlgren:  I’m a career transformation coach for miserable, burnt out professionals. You know how a […]

Live Event: Nuts & Bolts of Independent Contractor Agreements

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Live Events | No Comments

Join me for a presentation at the Chicago Innovation Exchange on March 3, 2015 at 5:30pm. Register here. I’ll be discussing what to expect to see in an independent contractor’s agreement and how to protect yourself when preparing one to use with a vendor or reviewing one given to you by a potential customer. We’ll cover […]

Can A Virtual Office Be Used As A Registered Agent?

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Starting a Business | No Comments
Can A Virtual Office Be Used As A Registered Agent?

Many business owners nowadays work from home and use a virtual office to receive mail and conduct in-person meetings.  Because some states (such as Illinois where I practice) make information regarding the business owner public, some people may not want to list their home address as their registered agent address.  So, can a virtual office […]