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Do you need to register your trademark?

When starting up a new business, you may have designed a logo, slogan or catch-phrase that designates your business and makes it unique from other businesses. While you are not required to register your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, there are benefits to doing so. If you do not protect your trademark, other businesses and/or brands can use your mark, or something quite similar, which may confuse your customers and lead to you losing money and business in the long run.

The basics of S corporations

When Florida residents decide to start a business, they have many choices to make about their new company's legal status. One of the statuses people can choose is called an S corporation. Before people set up this kind of corporation, it is important to understand what it is and how it may be beneficial for business owners.

Helping first time business owners succeed

When Florida residents decide to start their own business, they may focus most on finding the perfect location and identifying their niche in the market. Running a business can be complicated, though, and it is important for first time business owners to consider all of the details.

How to identify your ideal limited business partner

Some Florida business owners have a simple need for their business, namely to finance it. However, traditional funding options, such as bank loans, may be too difficult to acquire or the business may not qualify for the financing. So an entrepreneur may decide to form a limited partnership as a way of financing a business. The key to a successful limited partnership is finding the right limited partner.

What happens when a business partnership breaks up?

Business partnerships are like marriages. They are made up of people: people who are different; people who have different needs; people who have different working styles; people who have different life goals. If you are a partner in a Florida business, you may have the uneasy feeling that all is not “right” in your business. Maybe you cannot put your finger on exactly what is wrong, but the excitement, enthusiasm and thrill that you and your partner(s) had when you first started your business seem to have dissipated over time. You no longer greet each business day as a marvelous opportunity to gain new customers, produce more product, and earn more revenue. Now there are days when you would just as soon stay home, and you fear that your partner(s) may feel exactly the same way.

What should you consider when starting a contracting business?

If you are a Florida resident who enjoys remodeling and renovating homes, perhaps even building from scratch, you may be considering becoming a contractor and going into business for yourself. While this is an exciting prospect, getting your new business up and running can be daunting.

Business formation types that limit personal liability

If you have plans to open your own small business in Florida, one of the most important steps in doing so involves establishing a particular type of business structure. Even if you do not plan to open a business in an industry where risks are clear and apparent, such as, say, food service or transportation, virtually every business exposes itself to at least some degree of risk. However, there are certain types of business structures that can limit your personal liability and enhance your peace of mind. At the Law Offices of Levi Williams, P.A., we understand the methods you can use to reduce personal liability with regard to your business, and we have helped many clients navigate the complexities involved in doing so.

Businesses waiting for final word on tax plan

For any business owner in Florida, the subject of taxes can be a sensitive one. Regardless of business size, the question of how to structure a business to meet operational needs as well as how to balance tax liability can be a major hurdle when setting up a new venture. Taxes are one of the many reasons that S corporations have grown in popularity compared to the traditional C corporation, for example, because the S corporation avoids the double taxation associated with C corporations.


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