What Is An International Trade Attorney?

If you're thinking about hiring an international trade attorney, you probably would like to know what exactly they can do for you. Much like international trade itself, the job covers a lot of possible topics. It's doubtful you'll need your lawyer to tackle every possible task they're qualified to handle, but it'll also be good to know they can deal with whatever comes up. Customs, Tariffs, and Duties The rules for items moving in and out countries are always challenging to nail down. Read More 

Family-Owned Businesses And Divorce: What Owners Need To Know

Family-owned businesses are the heartbeat of the American economy. According to statistics, family-owned businesses are behind 60% of all American jobs today and represent one out of every five companies. Unfortunately, a divorce can throw a family-owned business into chaos and put its future survival in doubt very fast.  So, what are your options? Prenuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements are always smart. Realistically, a divorce between the owners of a family-owned business is not an unforeseeable event. Read More 

3 Things You Need To Know About Getting A Patent

If you have invented something new, the first thing you need to do is apply for a patent. A patent protects your invention from being stolen and used by someone else. Because patents fall under the broad umbrella of intellectual property law, sometimes it can be quite difficult to understand everything relating to patents. Here are three things you need to know about getting a patent. 1. Your U.S. patent is only good in the U. Read More 

Probate Avoidance Options

The amount of time that your estate remains in probate can vary by state. For instance, in Nevada, it can take a minimum of up to 180 days. In Oregon, it could take as much as nine months. If you want to avoid probate and ensure your heirs get their part of your estate as soon as possible, you need to take action now.  Why Is Avoiding Probate Important? The biggest reason for avoiding probate is that it prevents your heirs from taking immediate ownership of the possessions left to them. Read More 

Three Common Misconceptions About Whistleblower Laws Employees Need To Know

Whistleblowing is an area of employee law and government law that can be poorly understood. Whistleblowing can occur in either the private or public sector. When a servant of the government discloses government impropriety, it's considered public sector whistleblowing and that individual is governed by federal law. But when whistleblowing occurs in the public sector -- such as an employee disclosing illegal actions within the workplace -- it is a private sector issue. Read More