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Posts from the ‘Internet Law’ Category

I gave another talk last Friday at SCORE OC’s Women in Business Breakfast, to a packed room of enthusiastic, energized women business owners.  The talk was titled Internet Law and You:  How to Protect Your Business and Your Brand While Marketing Online.  Lots of great interaction and questions from the audience, and a pretty tasty breakfast as well!  You can download the slides here, and there are links to download a couple of white papers I recently wrote about protecting your brand.  Thanks to everyone who came to the talk!

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Internet Law Workshop

I will be doing a presentation on Internet Law, part of a two-part workshop by SCORE Orange County called “Hot Topics in Internet Marketing,” at the Fullerton Library on March 10, 2011, at 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The other part of the workshop, on Google Analytics, will be presented by my colleague Vazi Okhandiar.  Usually, these workshops are very lively, with lots of questions and audience participation, and we’re hoping for a good turnout for this one.  I will post the presentation slides here shortly after the workshop takes place.

5 Reasons a Small Business Owner Should Talk to a Lawyer

A small business owner needs a lawyer like  . . .  a fish needs a bicycle? I know that’s what a lot of business owners think. When told they should get legal advice, they react with disgust, horror, panic, fear, or some combination of those emotions.  And for good reason.  Going to a lawyer’s office can be intimidating.  Getting a lawyer to pay attention and give practical advice can be daunting.  And thinking about  all the money it might cost is completely overwhelming.  So lots of people try to get around this.  They ask a friend or relative for advice.  They try to do it themselves (maybe with some online help).  Or — by far the most popular — they ignore the problem and hope it goes away.

I understand. In my career, I have hired and supervised dozens of attorneys on hundreds of matters.  I was often frustrated with the level of service they provided.  I was ALWAYS frustrated with the cost.   But if you are starting up a business, or running a business with employee, contracts or other legal needs (which, let’s face it, is pretty much EVERY business), there are at least 5 good reasons you should bite the bullet and get professional legal help.  Why?  Because: Read more