Starting up and then operating a business can be costly, time-consuming, and challenging. The temptation is there to do things as quickly and inexpensively as possible, but be wary of using online DIY templates.
Business owners and operators will typically purchase what is known as Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance to protect themselves from a variety of hazards and incidents that would otherwise expose them to out-of-pocket awards and judgments.
If your business is being sued or you’re suing another business, a large chunk of both the time and costs involved will accrue from what is called the discovery process.
Operating a business is not always a walk in the park. All kinds of challenges, setbacks, and disputes can arise. Competition can be fierce, and tactics deployed by competitors can border on the illegal. You can fight back, or even negotiate with others who are attempting to bring you down, but the question always looms: When is the right time to sue?
Suppose you and your business have just filed a civil lawsuit against another individual or business for breach of contract—or for tortious interference or any other valid reason—and the attorney for the other party subpoenas you in for a deposition.
California law defines contracts in the state as being either express or implied. Express contracts are “stated in words,” while implied contracts are “manifested by conduct.” An express contract can also be oral — not written — provided that no other California statute requires the contract to be in writing, as it does for home sales, for instance.
“Breach of contract” is a term commonly asserted when someone feels shortchanged by the actions or inactions of another. For there to be a breach, however, there must first be the existence of a contract, whether it is express (written), oral, or implied through conduct.
Disputes are essentially inevitable in any business. Some arise from agreements or contracts you have with other persons or businesses, while others arise internally between partners or between owners and employees.
In the aftermath of a loved one’s death, grieving family members have to cope with the loss and determine whether the will, the document where the decedent outlined final wishes, is valid. Disputes can arise when beneficiaries or heirs think their loved one’s will is forged or otherwise invalid.
Trade secrets are valuable assets for any business. Running a successful business often means having trade secrets that they wish to protect from competitors. That is why businesses make every effort to prevent competitors and former employees from using trade secrets without their knowledge.