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Author: Created: 6/21/2013 5:28 PM
This blog is intended to assist business principals in tending to selected basic corporate and contractual matters.
By Administrator Account on 9/1/2014 2:31 PM
Many people don't understand what they will really be facing if they try to collect a payment due on a contract, and the impact that an attorney fees provision can have.
By Administrator Account on 8/2/2014 12:31 PM
Pay attention to provisions, like amendment provisions, that might require unanimous agreement for action.  They can easily result in the tail wagging the dog.
By Administrator Account on 6/30/2014 11:56 AM
Few people appreciate the power of the "choice of forum" provision found buried in the middle of the boilerplate near the end of many contracts.
By Administrator Account on 6/10/2014 6:58 PM

From time to time I give a presentation entitled “Don’t Try This at Home: How Do-It-Yourself Contracts Put You at Risk”.  In that presentation, I talk for a solid hour about the various ways in which you can get into trouble writing up your own contracts because you don’t know what you don’t know.  One of those ways is that you might not realize what contractual term the law will say is part of your contract, when you did not specify otherwise in your contract (and sometimes even when you did!).

By Administrator Account on 5/8/2014 8:27 AM

It is this time of year that many businesses are looking forward to bringing on unpaid interns who are looking to gain useful work experience during the summer.  Most people are very surprised that except in very limited circumstances, this can be a violation of minimum wage requirements and later the employer can be sued for unpaid minimum wages and overtime pay! 

By Administrator Account on 3/31/2014 3:13 PM
It being April Fools' Day, I thought I might deliver an encore presentation of a letter that I wrote to Google+ that many people have told me they enjoyed a lot, and that went a little bit viral.  The story is that when I tried to set up a Google+ account, Google+ denied me because they did not believe that Ward Council was really my name.  I followed Google+'s appeal process, directing them to my website and my LinkedIn profile, and they rejected my appeal of their initial determination that I am not a real person.  Then I wrote this letter to them.  (Follow up: After receiving this letter, they conceded that I might be a real person.)
By Administrator Account on 3/9/2014 6:52 PM
It is time for all business entities to file their annual registration with the Georgia Secretary of State.  Here are instructions for doing so.
By Administrator Account on 12/3/2013 2:31 PM
This is what happens when you let a lawyer review your son's letter to Santa Claus!
By Administrator Account on 10/30/2013 9:06 AM
Most people are aware of the desirability of having a "buy/sell" agreement that provides a way for business partners to separate, or to restrict to whom interests in the business are transferred.  But most people are not aware of some other important reasons why it can be crucial to have an agreement among owners of a business.
By Administrator Account on 9/28/2013 12:20 PM
Most people are very surprised to learn about the rights that the creators of copyrighted works and inventions retain in their work even though it was produced specifically for someone else who paid them to do it - absent a good contract providing otherwise.
By Administrator Account on 8/28/2013 10:34 PM
A corporate law technique called a "squeeze-out merger" might have helped this year's Dragon Con convention be a little bit better.
By Administrator Account on 7/17/2013 8:50 AM
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced long-awaited new rules to permit advertising and public solicitation in offerings under Rule 506 of Regulation D.  This blog entry is an update on this and other legislative efforts to loosen capital-raising constraints.
By Administrator Account on 7/4/2013 2:57 PM
In a surprise move Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that the effective date of certain requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be pushed back a year.
By Administrator Account on 6/23/2013 8:36 PM

Many businesses located in the City of Atlanta have failed to get a City of Atlanta business license in the past, and since have been afraid to "come clean" because of the back taxes, penalty and interest that would be owed.  Many of these businesses are unaware of an amnesty program that still has a few days left.

By Administrator Account on 6/21/2013 5:28 PM
Every business entity registered with the Georgia Secretary of State must file an annual registration with the Secretary of State every year.  This is a basic legal maintenance requirement, and failure to do so can result in the dissolution of the business entity.

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