In what seems to be a battle between old school and new technology, Seattle taxi drivers are engaged in business litigation with UberX, whose web app enables anyone with a car to offer paid driving services. According to a recent GeekWire article, the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association acknowledges they have taken a financial…

There are dozens of policies, rules, and laws that govern employment in Washington State. Business owners have to know and abide by these laws to avoid business litigation issues from employees and to stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. It may take years for a business owner or an employee to become familiar…

The entrepreneurial spirit may be alive and well inside you, but what should you do if you don’t have a great idea for a new business? Start by researching thriving businesses and enlisting the help of a Seattle lawyer to help get your company off the ground. Seattle Business Insider recently listed what they consider…

Signing a commercial lease is probably one of the most important things business owners do when they acquire or start a company. One main reason why the lease is so important is because they often come with a “right to relocate” clause, and business setup in Seattle and throughout the Northwest can become complicated when…

When you acquire or start a business, you have to decide if you want your company to be an LLP, a LLC, or a corporation. You may be familiar with these terms, but do you know how they’re different and what they mean for your business? After writing your business plan, receiving your funding, and…

Starting your own business is an intimidating and exciting process. Once it becomes successful though, there are more ventures to consider. You can continue as one location while reinventing products to keep customers interest. The other option is to become a franchise. As your Seattle business lawyer will tell you, it is a route to…

Many small business owners, negotiate services without writing contracts. They go into business deals as sole proprietors or freelancers, and don’t often consider what they would do if a client wanted their money back after delivered services, or even worse, if they sued. It’s not wise to ignore this possibility, because somewhere along the way,…

Every business owner needs to have insurance to protect themselves if something happens on the premises. Along with this, certain professions need liability waivers if an injury, physical or mental, may occur. This includes gyms, doctors’ offices, and individuals like life coaches. The waiver serves many purposes, which you can discuss in depth with your…

Marijuana is very much in the news these days. Washington and Oregon both have begun move toward legitimizing marijuana dispensaries under state law. While we embrace this progress as it will help thousands of suffering people get treatment they cannot get elsewhere, we cannot help you set up a marijuana dispensary. No matter what happens…

Some people just seem to be possessed of an entrepreneurial spirit, and everybody always seems to know someone with a great idea who turned it into a fortune practically overnight. Unfortunately, fast money and effortless business success are more myth than reality. It’s surprisingly easy to make mistakes when starting your own business, as the…