Posts Tagged ‘Texas Business Lawyer’

Domain Names and Your Business

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Technology has rapidly changed the way that individuals not only do tasks, but also ultimately live their lives. Technology not only has made our lives easier, but also more efficient especially when it comes to our businesses. When you have a business technology is not only an important aspect within your actual work place for potential customers, but also for advertisement purposes in order to gain more cliental. However, one thing that you should consider before even deciding your business name and open is that of your potential name on the Internet.

Imagine that you had a stain on your nice dress shirt and needed to get it dry cleaned. Without hesitation you would go straight to your computer or smart phone device and use a search engine to look up laundromats within your area. Usually you’ll find one that is either within a relatively close distance, or one that you’ve heard great things about. From there you always remember that laundromats and their website URL. However, due to availability on the Internet of domain names many businesses are forced to consider not only other domain names, but also ultimately their business name as well

Let’s say that your business name was Sports Edition and you sold sporting products to consumers. You would automatically assume that when you wanted to take the company to the web you would have the domain www.sportsedition.com.  Yet, you find out someone else has already purchased that URL space. You now not only have the problem of coming up with a URL domain name that consumers would recognize and use easily, but you also potentially have to come with terms with the possibility of changing the business name in order to relate one with the other.

Many individuals today are buying up domains in order to sell them back to companies and make a large profit from it. When you are taking into account either starting a business or taking it to the internet make sure to check into all of your ideas with other business that could be similar because a trademark infringement could be occurring, which you could potentially be sued for.

When this occurs you need a reliable attorney you can count to be with you and your business every step of the way.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Understanding The Negative Aspects of Your Business

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

As we have all come to understand in one-way or another the world we live in today is not perfect. Of course we are presented with more opportunities and equality today than that of our past generations the United States has seen it is still not in a state of harmony. From our economic hard times, to wars occurring on again and off again people are always coming to grasp with the idea that things are not always good, but can get bad sometimes. Just like the world we live in, businesses are not always in a perfect state of harmony, but have problems themselves.

Conflict is an aspect of life that no one aims to participate in on a day-to-day basis. We have to deal with conflicts with sensitivity, understanding, and logic in order to not only solve a problem that exists now, but that could also come down the road later in the business. When a business goes through its multiple processes it comes into contact with numerous other businesses, investors, and even consumers who impact the company in one way or another. So when a problem occurs you are seeking to not only help benefit each party that is associated with the issue, but also setting the stage for future agreements and problems.

When you send a notice that a contract has been breached by an individual or another company as well as when you have to send a cease and desist notification it is something that no one gets pleasure from. Before actually sending either letter you need to take a few factors into mind. One thing is the legal agreements and relation that you have with the other individual and whether or not it will impact their support and others similar to them in the future. Also, you need to make sure that when considering drafting and sending one of these letters that if the individual has any past links, contracts, and positive cooperation with the company or business in the past that they receive more of a priority in order to remain on good terms with.

Overall, your business is like an a child that has to be nursed, taken care of, and eventually set into the world to complete its task and purpose. Make sure that when your business is in the process of participating in their purpose that everything is taken into account from start to finish.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Starting Your Business Up: Start To Finish

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Businesses today contribute greatly to our economy and employment. We rely on these businesses not only for the products that they sell and distribute, but also the opportunities it provides to hundreds upon thousands in order to actually get these products sold. A business is like a machine it needs many multiple parts and pieces in order to function. Just like a machine the smallest part of the machine can impact the overall function completely and have negative or adverse effects that impact the business short and long term. However, how much of an impact does your start up have to do with your overall business plans and future?

When starting a business up individuals usually have to decide as to whether or not it is a LLC or a corporation, which ultimately impacts the taxes of the company. However, some people also choose the avenue of being an incorporate due to the fact that it tends to draw in more and more investors as well as business capitalists in more than one way. When starting your business up it is always a great idea to seek the legal advice and consul of an experienced business lawyer to help make sure that your business is starting well off, and looking to the future with well off perspectives.

When an investor is considering investing their time, their energy, and ultimately their money in you and your business it is important to present all aspects to them including legal agreements that can help impact and benefit them and their needs in the future. An investor is always looking for a product, an individual, or business that they see will be successful in the future and when outlined properly will drive not one, but many investors over with a check in hand.

Although the purpose of the actual business is important it is very important to make sure that legal documents, legal matters, and anything that has to do with not only the business, but private investors and other agreements with business are drafted, read, and signed with ultimate clarity so that no party feels as if they are being left in the dark now and later.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

How To Prevent Business Fraud

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

As we grow up we experience many things in our lives that shape and form our personalities and character, which ultimately make the individuals we are today. Our parents teach us that our behavior impacts situations and others around us and impact our options that we have. However, one of the most important things that our parents could have taught us is that of right and wrong and how it is not only viewed, but the reactions to both. Yet, one has to think that with the world we live in today was everyone taught that lesson?

Small business owners are already in a rut thanks to the economic state the United States is currently in. Business owners are making sure that their profits are still coming in and the customers are still present. With so many things dealing with their overall business already one could probably not imagine that of yet another issue. However, business fraud is something that can be equally real and seen within many businesses all across the country.

When protecting you and your business you should make sure to take precautionary steps in order to make sure that your business does not face the possibility of being able to confronted fraudulently. When an employer is adding more employees to their business it is advised that a full background check is done in order to make sure that there have not been any past discrepancies.

A business should also have one set employee to be in charge of a system of checks and balances in order to report the possibility of suspicious behavior or actions that are or have taken place. Random audits are also a great idea to make sure that all money is being counted for exactly and properly.

Even though we would like to trust everyone out there the world simply is not like that. Business fraudulency is a real crime and offense and can impact a business in more than one way in the present and future.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Small Businesses Look Forward To More From Banks

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Today, one aspect of life from individual to individual is that of money. We rely on money for many different things on a day-to-day basis. From food, gas, clothing, necessities, luxuries, and just paying the regular bills we are use to money is what we are expected to take care of all of these with. With a recession in hand individuals are cracking down on expenses and differentiating as to what is a necessity and what is not. However, what is the recession doing for small and large businesses alike not only in Texas, but nation wide?

Currently, the recession has been expanded to a longer period of time than that of what it was originally thought to last. Many variables and ideas have been theorized as to why this is occurring. One largely believed idea is that of banks, and what is truly at hand.

Many banks have had to tighten up on that of lending money and loans, especially to smaller businesses. However, small businesses depend on these for many different things and even when the possibility of expansion is present.

Recently, banks throughout Texas have not only identified the issues, but have also promised to set a new standard with a new year currently upon us. Banks within the Austin area have vowed to increase lending to small businesses within the time period of three years that amounts up to $20 billion. With this new promise on the horizon many businesses have begun to hire on more employees and are beginning to look at more and more possibilities of expansion to help increase business and employment opportunities.

Inevitably, one thing that Americans are starting to understand is that money stimulates money, and without stimulation you cannot have a reaction, especially a positive one in which many citizens and businesses need alike. In the future, one can only hope with so many possibilities existing that not only will the recession decrease, but also the economic prosperity increase.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Trademark Infringement

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

One legal issue that seems to be becoming more and more of a problem is trademark infringement. Businesses, and business owners are encroaching on the boundaries of infringement more than they ever have before, and this issue is now creating a chain of legal battles and lawyers who are ready defend someone’s trademark and the well being of that persons business.

If you have a business trademark that is not federally registered, and you see that someone or some business has infringed the rights of your trademark, you may have difficulty defending it. It is not impossible to win a trademark infringement lawsuit with a non-federally registered trademark, but it is difficult. It is definitely easier to defend your trademark if it is federally registered. So, go ahead and take the initiative to register your trademark federally, because if it is infringed upon, you will have an easier defense.

If you are seeking to defend a non-federally registered trademark, you need to seek at a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who has had success in that field. While your case may cost more and last longer than a case disputing a federally registered trademark, it will be more cost effective for you to get the best attorney because they will know how to run the case efficiently and cost effectively.

Also, if you are disputing a case that is over a federally registered trademark, it is still worth your while to seek an attorney who is also experienced in the field because you want the case to be over as swiftly as possible, and the luxury of getting your life, and business, back to normal.

To help prevent trademark infringement, anyone from small business owners to major cooperations should find an attorney to help secure their trademark and their intellectual property. If these steps are taken to secure the trademark in the beginning, a future lawsuit over the trademark will be very unlikely. So, it is wise to protect yourself and your business in the beginning rather than waiting for the bottom to fall out later.  Many business owners regret not taking precautions in the beginning because sometimes they wound up dearly paying for them later. If you seek out a good attorney in the beginning, he will inform you of contingencies you may come across, and then he will take the necessary steps to prevent them down the road. If you are wrestling with the “pros and cons” of getting an attorney, just know that the financial costs of preventing trademark infringement, will always be cheaper than paying for a lawyer to win back your trademark for you.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.

Effects Arbitration Has On Small Businesses

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Arbitration terms in a contract are something that small businesses should definitely be concerned about. Large companies use these provisions often in their contracts with smaller companies and their customers. Because large companies give arbitration companies the most business, so they come their best customers. These are the companies that provide arbitrators with repeat business. This raises problems for the small businesses and consumers that have contracts with these larger businesses.

The larger businesses have an unfair advantage because they give the arbitration companies so much use. This gives the arbitrators an opportunity to be biased. In a utopian society there would be no such prejudice, but we don’t so there is always the chance for prejudice. Naturally, it would be easy for an arbitrator to take the side of their repeat customer. It also works in the favor the arbitration company to vote in favor of their repeat customer. If they did not vote in their favor, the company wouldn’t come back and use them for mediations. It is not just partiality that is an issue in these situations.

Giving up the right to a judge and jury in a situation also hurts the small businesses. Large businesses have reputations of taking advantage or running over small businesses. When put in front of a judge and jury, small businesses can often find sympathy because people like them judge them. Many of those who have found their way into the jury suit have had run-ins with big companies that have not ended well. For this reason, juries have been known to award sizeable verdicts or punitive damages to small companies.

In the case of arbitration, the arbitrators have their own careers to think about and tend to rule in favor of the big companies. They do not have the same sympathy that jurors may have. Arbitration is not a bad thing, and it has its own place. It is often cheaper and quicker than the court system. Between companies of the same size where neither company has an advantage, it has the potential to be much less biased and in turn, more efficient option.  If you are a consumer or own a small business, arbitration clauses are something to be aware of and to watch out for.

In this day in age you need an individual you can count on, and at the Law Offices of Thomas D. Reino you get what you see. For more information on business law, or to get business law legal council please contact us by either phone at 817.303.2133, or by fax at 972.264.0891.