Business Law

How Can I Protect My Trademark From Dilution?

Posted on September 1, 2020

dilution, Naperville business law attorney

Brand development and recognition are crucial components of any successful business. For many business owners, building a recognizable brand involves creating visually appealing logos, insignias, or other images that current and prospective customers can associate with you and your products. These images can legally be linked to your brand by securing trademark protections afforded by the federal government. Sometimes, however, another individual or company will create a logo or image that is similar enough to yours that create customer confusion regarding the two brands. Legal action may be necessary to […]

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Growing Your Company: Is Franchising the Next Step?

Posted on August 28, 2020

franchise, Naperville business law attorney

When you own a successful business, you have a number of options regarding how to keep your company growing. You could create an outlet for internet sales, expand your current physical location or open a second one. If you already have several locations or you believe that the day-to-day operations of multiple sites is not something you are interested in doing, you may want to consider franchising your business. Franchising may be an especially attractive idea if you have established your company’s name a local or regional leader in your […]

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Should I Have My Employees Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

Posted on August 24, 2020

non-compete, Naperville business law attorneys

Building a successful business requires you to invest tremendous amounts of time, energy, and money, often at great personal sacrifice. It is understandable, and even admirable, that you would wish to protect those investments in every way possible. For this reason, you may be considering having some or all of your employees sign a non-compete agreement so they cannot take what they have learned from your company and use it in competition against you for a period of time following the end of their employment with you. I am asked […]

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What Will Happen to My Tax Obligations if Joe Biden is Elected President?

Posted on August 19, 2020

tax, Hoffman Estates tax planning lawyers

On Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic National Convention, former Vice President Joe Biden was officially nominated as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate for the upcoming election in November. The nomination comes as no surprise, since Biden’s last remaining primary opponent,  Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, suspended his own bid for the presidency in early April. Biden, along with his running mate Senator Kamala Harris of California, hopes to unseat President Donald Trump who is finishing his first term in office. Over the last few weeks, as it was […]

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Should I Open My Own Business?

Posted on August 15, 2020

opening a business, Naperville business lawyer

Are you tired of working hard so that someone else can earn a few extra dollars in profit? Would it not be more gratifying if your extra hard work resulted in more money in your own pocket instead? Almost everyone who has ever punched a clock has dreamed of opening his or her own business one day, yet only a small percentage ever take the leap and make their dreams a reality. In my practice as a business law attorney, I have helped hundreds of prospective business owners objectively analyze their situations […]

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4 Tips on How to Prevent and Deter Employee Theft

Posted on August 6, 2020

employee theft, Naperville business law attorney

When you own a company, you have probably invested a great deal in the products or services that you offer. Similarly, hiring, training, and professionally developing a team of employees requires significant investment as well. Across the country and around the world, however, employee theft and fraud present serious problems for small business owners, collectively costing companies billions of dollars. As a business law attorney, I understand the impact the actions of your staff can have on your business and my team can help you develop a strategy for deterring […]

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Why You Should Develop an Exit Strategy from Your Business

Posted on August 3, 2020

exit strategy, Naperville business lawyer

Rationally, you know that you will not be able to continue running your business forever. Depending on your age, health, and passion for your work, you may be ready to step away from day-to-day operations sooner than later. As an accomplished business law attorney, I have helped hundreds of clients start new companies with the hopes of being financially successful. From the very beginning, I encourage every aspiring entrepreneur to go into the process with a plan for getting out. Without an exit strategy, you could be leaving far too […]

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Which Business Entity Is Best for My Illinois Company?

Posted on July 28, 2020

DuPage County business formation lawyer

If you are an entrepreneur, you are considering building your own startup, or you would like to change your business’s structure, you should know the options available to you. There are a number of different business structures from which you can choose, but they may not all be the right fit. You should select your business entity after looking at the size of your business, the number of owners and partners, the goals for your company, and what you want your future to look like. While it is important to […]

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Can I Evict a Commercial Tenant Who Fails to Pay Rent in Illinois?

Posted on July 20, 2020

Illinois commercial real estate lawyer

There is often the false assumption that landlords are unreasonable and unforgiving, kicking their tenants out at the first sign of a late rent payment. These businessmen and businesswomen get a bad rap for taking legal action against their tenants, yet many forget that landlords are dependent upon their tenants’ rent money to make ends meet. This is an evident issue going on throughout Illinois since COVID-19 first made its mark. Since society essentially shut down for the past few months, many people were left unemployed and unable to pay […]

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Does My Family Business Need a Succession Plan?

Posted on July 9, 2020

Naperville business law attorney

Mom-and-pop stores and restaurants have been the foundation of the United States since the country’s origin. Many Americans pride themselves on their work and ability to support their families, with additional fulfillment given to those who do this by running their own business. In the best-case scenarios, family businesses will be passed down from generation to generation. While it may seem straightforward to hand your business off to one of your children, you should still have a plan set in place so that things transition smoothly and your business remains […]

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