Category Archives: Business Law

Complying with Corporate Annual Meeting Requirements during the COVID-19 Quarantine

How do you hold a corporate annual meeting when the entire country is in lockdown? On the surface, it might seem like a simple matter of using a favorite video conferencing tool and perhaps checking to see if it’s been hacked. Annual meetings for corporations are more than get-togethers. They are legally mandated proceedings that… Read More »

Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses… Read More »

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

 The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty that an “Act of God” clause in a… Read More »

Succession Planning: The Key to Keeping the Family Business Going

If you own and operate a family-owned business, you probably already know that mixing family and business can be tricky. Working with those whom you love can be wonderful and difficult at the same time, because family issues often interfere with business issues. One critical business issue that also affects the family is succession planning…. Read More »

How to Know When Your Business Contract Is Materially Breached in Washington State

Business contracts can be complicated. If you have a contract that is not being completely fulfilled by the other party, does that constitute a breach? Is your contract materially breached, allowing you to pursue compensation for damages suffered? If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, it’s time to seek the advice of a Bellingham attorney… Read More »

Why Do You Need a Corporate Lawyer Involved in Business Planning?

A corporate lawyer and an accountant provide vital guidance for any new business. While most business owners see the necessity of using an accountant for tax reporting and filling out returns, it may not be as apparent why you need legal help from a skilled corporate lawyer. However, the service a Bellingham, WA corporate lawyer… Read More »

Can Non-Compete or Confidentiality Agreements Protect My Business?

Businesses have proprietary information that competitors can use to their advantage and to the detriment of the business. One way to safeguard trade secrets is to have employees sign a non-compete agreement (NCA) or confidentiality agreement. Bellingham employment lawyers can review and help you draft agreements that meet Washington legal requirements. A non-compete agreement restricts… Read More »

What are the Advantages of a Limited Liability Company?

Just as with forming a corporation, one of the main reasons people form a limited liability company (LLC) is for asset protection. There are a number of factors to weigh when selecting a business entity and a Bellingham business lawyer can help you make the right decisions. While there are exceptions, for the most part,… Read More »