IRS Employee Reclassification: Independent Contractor vs Employee

By James Blake 30 January 2012Labor & Employment Law

Small businesses often prefer to hire workers as independent contractors, rather than as employees, in order to avoid ... Continue Reading...


Texas Franchise Law & Intellectual Property Law

By James Blake 5 January 2012Franchise Law

Intellectual property in the form of trade names, trademarks, and service marks lie at the heart of franchise law, and... Continue Reading...


Tortious Interference: Texas Business Litigation

By James Blake 30 December 2011Litigation & Business Disputes

Business and partnership disputes can bring out the worst in people.  When a business partner, shareholder, employee,... Continue Reading...


Family Estate Planning for Children

By James Blake 27 December 2011Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

Estate planning is especially important for families with children.  A last will and testament is a cornerstone of fa... Continue Reading...


Starting a Business in Texas: Business Formation & Business Documentation

By James Blake 19 December 2011Starting a Business

Diligent business planning and well-structured investor agreements are critical for anyone investing in a company or s... Continue Reading...


Estate Planning, Medical Power of Attorney & Health Care Directives

By James Blake 11 December 2011Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

A last will and testament is often the first thing people associate with estate planning.  However, estate planning t... Continue Reading...


Business Buyout & Earn-Out Agreements for Buying or Selling a Business

By James Blake 26 November 2011Selling a Business

If you are buying or selling a business in Texas, an earn-out agreement can be a useful part of your company acquisiti... Continue Reading...


Trademark Infringement Litigation & Domain Name Disputes Under UDRP

By James Blake 19 November 2011Intellectual Property, IT Law Litigation

Using a domain name similar to a competitors' trademark or website name gives rise to trademark infringement lawsuits,... Continue Reading...


Cybersquatting, Domain Name Disputes & Trademark Infringement

By James Blake 17 November 2011Intellectual Property, IT Law Litigation

Trademark infringement issues relating to domain name disputes and cybersquatting is an ever increasing concern for ma... Continue Reading...


Registering a Trademark & Likelihood of Confusion: Trademark Application Rejection

By James Blake 10 November 2011Intellectual Property

Trademark applications and service mark applications are often rejected due to a likelihood of confusion with another ... Continue Reading...


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