Originally from NJSpotlight.com by Marcus Rayner “Sick-leave and equal-pay proposals aren’t inherently bad, but they can make it difficult if not expensive for fair-minded businesses to operate. One of the core tenets of the U.S. legal system is that criminal defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Defendants are not required to lift a finger…

Using Provisional Patent Applications to Protect Inventions When individuals and small companies develop an invention it is often necessary to license the invention to others to monetize the invention. However in doing so there is a risk that the companies you market your invention to could copy your idea without giving you any credit or…

Business Owner Limited Liability Protection There are many business formations in New Jersey that offer limited liability protection to its owners. However, this protection is not absolute and needs to be protected at all times. It is important for business owners to recognize actions that could “pierce the corporate veil” of liability protection normally enjoyed…

Using Copyrighted Material Under the “Fair Use” Rule A copyright gives the original creator of a work the right to profit from the work for a set period of time. How long a copyright lasts depends on several factors including the type of work, whether the work has been published, and if the creator is…

Creating Effective Buy-Sell Agreements Buy-Sell agreements allow businesses to limit the risks associated with an owner exiting the business, either through sale of their share or through their untimely death. Buy-Sell agreements prevent owners from passing their ownership interests to outside individuals that the original owners did not intend to be in business with, like…

Consumer Fraud Act Requirements for New Jersey Contractors New Jersey is a state that strongly favors consumer protection. This is evident by the expansion of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act in 2005. The 2005 law brought home repair and home improvement contractors under the purview of the act, imposing new requirements on contractors for the…