Is Your Business Internet-Savvy?

If you are running a business today, you need a business lawyer who also understands what it means to do business online. In today’s marketplace, the average American spends an incredible 11 hours each day using some form of digital media. There is no question the internet plays a vital role in the success (or failure) of a business.

In years past, doing business online meant registering a domain and putting up a website. Now, it’s not enough to simply maintain an online presence. Today, business owners must work closely with seasoned business lawyers who understand the laws and regulations that govern both cyberspace and the brick and mortar companies that do business there.

Why Understanding the Internet Is Important

Most modern businesses exist in the real world and online. With an online business comes a host of issues you may not have seen coming. For example, does your website use stock images without the proper licensing rights? Are you collecting visitor data without disclosing it in a privacy policy on your site? Even one innocent mass email can violate the CAN-SPAM Act. This is where the help and advice of a knowledgeable business lawyer is invaluable.

Although the laws governing the internet are constantly changing, there are several statutes that frequently coming into play. For example, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act aims to stop website owners from infringing on a copyright owner’s property. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy helps individuals and entities involved in disputes over domain names.

Don’t Wait to Speak to a Business Lawyer

Running a business takes a lot of time and money. Many business owners delay contacting a lawyer until they absolutely need one, such as when they receive notice of a lawsuit in the mail or from the hands of a process server. This approach may save you money in the short-term, but it is likely to cost you down the road. By working with an attorney now, you can safeguard your business against potentially costly disputes involving intellectual property, domains, and rules governing commerce conducted online.

California Business Lawyers

Whether your business is new or well-established, it’s never too late to protect what you have worked to build. Safeguard your time and your investment by working with experienced California business lawyers. Call Yee Law Group, PC, PC today at (916) 599-7297 to speak to a knowledgeable business lawyer about the next steps for your business.

Data Security Breaches Are Costing Businesses

In recent years, cyber-theft and data loss have dominated business news headlines. Giant retailers like Target have paid out millions in settlement dollars after network security breaches resulted in the loss of credit card and other sensitive information for customers across the country. In Target’s case, experts estimate about 40 million consumers had their credit cards hacked by cyber-criminals. Verizon has become one of the latest causalities in the cyber-crime arena. A flaw in the company’s systems allowed a hacker to steal the contact information of as many as 1.5 million customers. Continue reading “Data Security Breaches Are Costing Businesses”

Should I Use a Partnership for My New Business?

When it comes to starting a business, choosing an entity type is one of the first (and most important) decisions you must make. Will your business be a sole proprietorship, or a limited liability company? What about a corporation? These are all popular choices for new businesses. Another popular choice is a partnership. Many of the largest companies in the world – including Google and Microsoft – began as partnerships. Continue reading “Should I Use a Partnership for My New Business?”

Can I Break My Contract?

“Buyer’s remorse” is not something you want to feel after entering into a binding contract. Unfortunately, people occasionally execute contracts without carefully reading the terms or completely understanding their rights and responsibilities. Whether you have entered into a purchase agreement, health club membership, or commercial lease, a contract can be tough to break. Continue reading “Can I Break My Contract?”

No Thanks: Can a Beneficiary Refuse a Request?

When most people make an estate plan, they do so with the thought that the assets they leave behind will be appreciated by their beneficiaries. In some situations, however, the decedent’s heirs don’t want to claim the property they have received. Although it might be tough to imagine why anyone would refuse an inheritance, this scenario happens on occasion. Continue reading “No Thanks: Can a Beneficiary Refuse a Request?”

Why Jointly Titling Real Estate Is Not Always a Good Idea

When it comes to real estate, many people try to avoid probate by adding another individual’s name to a piece of property. This tends to work out okay for spouses, but it can lead to trouble for people who hold property as joint tenants with another relative or non-family member. If you hold real estate with someone else as “joint tenants with the right of survivorship,” your interests may be more vulnerable than you realize. Continue reading “Why Jointly Titling Real Estate Is Not Always a Good Idea”

Will I Need Probate?

When you are mourning the death of a beloved family member, the idea of dealing with their estate can seem overwhelming. Understandably, many people want to prevent their family members from facing the stress and uncertainty of handling their estate when they die. In their quest to ease the burden on their loved ones, one of the most common questions people ask is whether they will need probate. Continue reading “Will I Need Probate?”

Can Mediation Help Solve Your Business Dispute?

Traditional lawsuits are designed to be adversarial. And in most cases, “adversarial” translates to high costs and time-consuming court battles. If you want to avoid feeding thousands of dollars into your case, consider mediation as an alternative. Years ago, many lawyers viewed raising the subject of mediation as a concession to defeat. If you had a weak case, you suggested mediation. Today, mediation is championed by most attorneys as a smart, effective way to resolve disputes and preserve important relationships between the parties.

This is especially true in business disputes, where a company’s bottom line can be seriously affected by a protracted court battle. Furthermore, maintaining positive relationships is essential in a wide variety of industries. Here are just a few reasons why mediation may be right for your business dispute:

Creates More Positive Emotions

Because mediation is not an adversarial process, it tends to promote a more positive mental state in its participants. Hostility tends to breed hostility, which is why so many courtroom dramas end with both sides walking away unhappy.

Decreases Frustration

Understandably, many clients become frustrated by lengthy delays that frequently accompany complex litigation. Negotiations can quickly break down when the parties are forced to wait for another side to respond. They submit a proposal or terms to their attorney, who then relays the message to opposing counsel, who in turn informs the other side. Unsurprisingly, this process can take a considerable amount of time, which is intensely frustrating when you’re in the middle of a legal dispute. By communicating your concerns, thoughts, and ideas directly to the other side, you can avoid the miscommunication and delay that plagues traditional litigation.

Puts You in the Driver’s Seat

Mediation puts you in control, which is something you won’t get in a typical legal dispute. This can be incredibly empowering in times when you need it most. When your interests are on the line, it is easy to allow emotion to cloud your judgment, leading you to make bad decisions. Mediation allows both sides to express their concerns, brainstorm ideas for a fair resolution, and walk away with a sense of achievement.