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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Injuries to Fetuses and Babies?

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Workers’ Comp Cover Injuries to Fetuses and Babies?

If you are hurt on the job, chances are pretty good your medical bills and other compensable damages will be paid by workers’ comp. However, what if you were pregnant or nursing at the time, and your child was also hurt by something that occurred at work? Will he or she also be covered by the workers’ compensation insurance? The answer is that this depends on the circumstances of the injury. Here’s what you need to know about getting reimbursed for injuries to an unborn or newborn baby. Only Derivative or Collateral Injuries Covered The courts put the harm to fetuses and babies into two types of categories: derivative and independent. Derivative harm (also called collateral) is injuries the child sustains as a consequence of the mother’s injuries. For instance, the mother is impaled with a pole that also tears through the amniotic sac and hurts the child. The child’s injuries are a direct result of the mother’s physical injury. On the other hand, independent harm consists of injuries that occur to the child separate from anything that happens to the mother. For instance, a mother is exposed to a chemical at work that gives her cancer. She also passes the chemical to her newborn through her breast milk, and that causes developmental delays. The child’s injury occurred independent of the mother’s illness. Workers’ compensation only pays for derivative injuries to children resulting from harm done to the mother. The only way to recover money for fetuses and babies who suffer independent harm is to sue the company directly for compensation. This is actually the more preferable option because workers’ compensation often limits the amount of money you can recover. If your child suffers lifelong health complications because of something that occurred at work, you may not receive enough money to cover medical bills and other expenses. A personal-injury lawsuit significantly increases the probability you’ll get a fair settlement that takes your future needs into consideration. Challenges to Obtaining Compensation Getting workers’ compensation insurance to pay an injury claim for harm done to a fetus or baby can be very challenging, and the company—and even your employer—will make a number of arguments as to why the child is not eligible for benefits. One response you may receive is that the fetal injury is not connected to the workplace. This is common in cases where the injury is an illness. The insurance provider may try to argue the child was exposed to other toxins or materials that caused the injury. You would need to provide medical proof that exposure to something in the environment at work is the most likely culprit. This can be done by submitting tests of breast milk or amniotic fluid showing the presence of toxins or showing the medical problems your child is experiencing are the typical result of being exposed to the chemical in question (e.g., exposure to certain solvents can cause cleft lip). Another argument you may face is that, in some states, family members are barred from filing claims for losses they sustained because of the employee’s accident. For instance, a wife can’t ask for money for loss of companionship if she and her husband can no longer become intimate with each other. The insurance company may extend this to include any injuries fetuses...

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Understanding Reasonable Suspicion And How It Can Help Your Case When Charged With DUI

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Reasonable Suspicion And How It Can Help Your Case When Charged With DUI

Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), also known as driving while intoxicated (DWI) in some locales, is not only humiliating, it can also be a devastating personal experience. The consequences of a DUI conviction range from loss of driving privileges to high fines to even jail time in some circumstances. That is why it is critical to vigorously fight for your acquittal if you have been arrested due to police error or misconduct. If you have been wrongly arrested and charged with a DUI, then you owe it to yourself to understand what should be done to protect your rights. One way you can defend yourself is by identifying the specific actions where a police officer may have failed in their duties; in fact, one of the most common mistakes made by police is not having reasonable suspicion when making a stop and DUI arrest. Below is more information on this important legal principle and how it can help you defend yourself from unlawful prosecution: Before you may be legally pulled over for any cause, police officers must have a reasonable suspicion or probable cause that a crime or offense has occurred. The United States Constitution, as well as laws within many of the fifty states, prohibit pulling over drivers at random. The only exception permissible is for the purpose of checking drivers at a DUI checkpoint, and even then, proper procedures must be followed for the check to be legally valid. When an officer pulls over a driver for DUI, they must be able to articulate a lawful reason for the traffic stop. It is important to keep in mind that reasonable suspicion does not have to be related to DUI, however, as any valid reason for the stop is sufficient to guide the officer to the next level of probable cause. That means a stop for a broken tail light, expired license plate or speeding, for example, are all legitimate exercises of reasonable suspicion; once the driver is pulled over, the officer may legally shift their investigative focus to possible intoxicated driving. However, there are countless situations where a police officer may not pull over a driver simply because the standard of reasonable suspicion is not met. Below are a few examples where a traffic stop would be unlawful for lack of reasonable suspicion: Stops based on driver age, race or other identifiable attributes – Reasonable suspicion cannot be claimed if a police officer pulls over a driver due to their own personal attributes. For example, it is not a lawful stop if a black driver is pulled over in a predominantly white neighborhood, and a possible DUI arrest from that point forward would be unlawful. Stops based on a hunch or guess – Even though it may be a reasonable hunch to pull over a driver at 3 AM on a lonely stretch of highway, with an assumption they are likely intoxicated, there is still a lack of reasonable suspicion and subsequent arrest is unlawful. Police officers are not permitted to use hunches or intuition as a substitute for reasonable suspicion. Stops based on a mistake in interpretation of the law by an officer – The courts have held that police officers must accurately interpret and enforce the law for reasonable suspicion to exist....

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Need A Payday Loan? Avoid These 3 Things To Protect Yourself From Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Woes

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need A Payday Loan? Avoid These 3 Things To Protect Yourself From Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Woes

Are you experiencing financial trouble and considering taking out a payday loan to get you through the tough times? If so, you’ve got to be very careful about where, how, and when you get that loan. While payday loans are considered unsecured debt and are dischargeable under chapter 7 bankruptcy, there are some situations in which this doesn’t hold true. Read on to learn 3 things you absolutely shouldn’t do, just in case you have to file for bankruptcy after taking out a payday loan. 1. Don’t Borrow Right Before You File If your financial situation is especially grim, don’t even think about taking out that payday loan. If you do take out a payday loan and are forced to file for bankruptcy in the near future, the bankruptcy court could view the loan as fraudulent activity. Since your budget is tight right now and payday loans have exceptionally high interest rates, the lender could argue that you had no intention of repaying the loan. If the court agrees with the lender, you could face steep fines and up to 5 years in jail. If you truly are running out of money with no way to pay your bills, it’s best if you just file for chapter 7 bankruptcy now instead of trying to buy yourself some time with a payday loan. 2. Don’t Borrow From Tribal Lenders Tribal nations are protected under sovereign immunity; they’re considered independent nations and therefore are allowed to operate under their own set of tribal laws. If you secure a payday loan from a tribal lender and your state’s bankruptcy court declares that loan dischargeable under chapter 7 bankruptcy, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be discharged under tribal law. You won’t be required to pay the loan back under state bankruptcy law, but there is a chance that your lender will still attempt to collect their debt. While you’d normally be able to stop aggressive collection practices under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, this won’t work against tribal lenders since they can’t be sued unless they waive their sovereign immunity. If you shop for a payday loan online, pay close attention to the contact information of the lender. If the information shows that the lender is located on tribal territory, do not accept the loan. 3. Don’t Post-date Checks Many payday loan lenders require borrowers to submit post-dated checks upon securing their loan. When you file for chapter 7 bankruptcy, an automatic stay takes effect immediately. This stay prohibits all debt collectors from attempting to recover their money from you while you sort out your financial situation. However, since automatic stays do not apply to negotiable instruments, any post-dated checks that you have provided to a payday lender may still be cashed after your automatic stay takes effect.  To avoid making your difficult financial situation even worse in the event you should need to file for bankruptcy, never post-date checks for payday loan lenders. Instead, only agree to loans in which you can hand-deliver or mail payments to your debtor at the time they are due. This will ensure that, should you file bankruptcy before your payday loan is paid off and the loan is discharged, the debtor will not be able to pursue any further collections.  In most cases,...

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ATM Crime And Personal Injury Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on ATM Crime And Personal Injury Lawsuits: What You Need To Know

Automated teller machines (or ATMs) are a regular part of daily banking activity in the United States. In fact, studies show that nearly 75 percent of American consumers regularly use ATMs as part of their everyday banking activities. When you withdraw cash from one of these machines, you probably wouldn’t even consider the risk that you could suffer an injury, but ATM crime in the United States is not as unusual as you might think. If you or someone you love falls victim to an ATM crime, find out how you could file a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation for your injuries. The risk of ATM crime According to surveys conducted by American banking associations, there is one ATM crime for every 3.5 million transactions that takes place in the United States. Of course, the risk of ATM crime varies between states, cities and banks, but statistics show that you are not always as safe as you might expect when withdrawing cash from an ATM. What’s more, consumers are at risk of various types of ATM-related crime. Non-fatal ATM-related crimes can include rape, shooting, carjacking and kidnapping, all of which can result in life-changing injuries. So when would you file a personal injury lawsuit in these circumstances? ATM crime and negligent or inadequate security Banks and other organizations that install ATMs for customers obviously cannot control the behavior of opportunistic thieves. However, financial institutions have a responsibility to make sure their premises are as safe as possible, and this liability extends to customer ATMs. Given the temptation that an ATM may offer to a potential thief, banks must take steps to discourage criminal activities, and there are various circumstances in which a court may decide that there was inadequate security in place. Examples include: A lack of working security cameras. Poor lighting. Problems with shrubbery, signage and other obstructions that could conceal a crime. Lack of security guards in high-risk areas. If you are the victim of an ATM-related crime, you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit if you can prove that the bank’s premises were not safe enough. The principles of premises liability Premises liability holds property owners liable for accidents and injuries that take place on their property. This definition can include crime-related injuries if you can show that the crime occurred (or was more serious) as a result of the property owner’s negligence. In the case of a crime that occurs while you use an ATM, state laws would generally protect you as an invitee because the bank or financial institution invites you to to use the machine. In doing so, the property owner must take reasonable steps to assure your safety while you use the ATM. Proving liability Some state laws afford consumers greater protection than others in premises liability cases, especially when it comes to ATM-related crime. For example, in Florida, state laws say that financial institutions must install certain safety devices on ATMs. These include: Adequate lighting during darkness in parking and ATM access areas. Reflective mirrors on all ATMs, so you can see anyone suspicious behind you. A height limit of three feet on any shrubs or other features that could obstruct vision while you use the machine. As such, if you live in a state like Florida,...

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Grin And Bear It–Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce By Maintaining A Positive Attitude

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Grin And Bear It–Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce By Maintaining A Positive Attitude

The time leading up to your divorce is a difficult trial. All of the negativity, pain, and anger that caused you and your partner to reach this point seem to come to a head. It can be overwhelming, and no one would judge you for not being at your best in the face of this adversity. However, your child’s well-being depends on you being strong during this difficult time.  The statistics regarding children and divorce are sobering. If you aren’t able to find a way to help your child cope with the new state of their family, they are at risk for a number of problems later in life. These include: Academic struggles Juvenile delinquency Drug and alcohol use Risky sexual behavior The key to helping your child avoid these pitfalls is to work diligently to create a sustainable, meaningful partnership with your ex. That way, your child will continue to have support from two loving parents. However, this feat is often easier said than done. A positive attitude for both you and your child can make this goal a much more likely outcome. Positivity With Your Spouse Your child needs to feel that they aren’t being forced to take sides or choose between their parents. Unfortunately, you’re probably not feeling all that unified with your spouse as you travel to meetings with your attorney regarding your split. That’s because your previous relationship defined unity and partnership in a much different way than the current state of affairs demands. For starters, focus on the fact that you’re no longer looking for personal comfort by continuing the partnership. Instead, remember that you’re trying to create an environment that can effectively meet the needs of your child. If you continue to look for the strength and satisfaction that your spouse used to provide, you’ll simply be disappointed. On the other hand, if you acknowledge that this new relationship isn’t about your needs anymore, you’ll have an easier time. Also, be extremely aware of your language and demeanor when speaking openly with your spouse. Children, no matter what age, are quite perceptive when it comes to reading the feelings and subtext that their parents communicate. Be sure that the conversation you’re having is appropriate for your audience. Positivity With Your Child If you think that this experience has you on an emotional roller coaster, imagine what it could be like for your child. Dealing with such powerful emotions is difficult at any age. They will need the support of both you and your spouse, or they could end up blaming themselves for the current state of their family. Even though you may feel exhausted, the key to helping your child is through consistent, intentional expressions of love and value. Make it a point to reach out to your child every day and explain how much you care for them and how valuable they are. Also, encourage your spouse to do the same, even if you can’t stand the thought of it. Both parties in a divorce need to make sure they aren’t sending the message to their child that they should choose sides. Positivity With Yourself None of the difficult work that goes into being positive with your spouse and child is possible if you don’t take care of yourself. If you’re...

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Worker’s Compensation & Future Damages: 5 Factors That Can Impact A Settlement

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Worker’s Compensation & Future Damages: 5 Factors That Can Impact A Settlement

After getting injured on the job and being unable to work, it’s easy to focus on the current salary and paycheck that you are losing on a weekly basis. As you seek professional help for a worker’s compensation case, it’s also important to look at the big picture and future of your case. The future damages is an important aspect that can impact your final settlement amount and any future payments. By working with an attorney, you can sort out the following five factors and help calculate an ideal settlement for your case. Future Promotions If you’ve been working at a job for a while, you’ve likely been moving your way up the ladder. With each promotion, you enjoyed a pay raise and extra benefits. Even if you’re no longer able to work, the possibility of promotions could have an impact on the costs of future damages. One thing that your attorney will look at is past promotions. This includes the length of time it took to move to the new position, the salary increase, and any possible changes in work hours. Along with your own positioning, the rise of similar employees could be used as evidence. For example, if someone in your old position recently got a promotion, they could use that as evidence of your potential move up the company ladder. Company openings and retirements may also be looked into for your potential rise in the company and future damages that have occurred. Annual Pay Raises Along with any possible promotions, pay raises are a big factor in your future damages. If you received an annual raise at the position, then your attorney will factor in these future raises for your possible settlement. This may be a set money amount or a raise based on the percentage of your paycheck. Used old pay subs and tax information to showcase your growths in income and help the attorney calculate raises for the future. If you were only making minimum wage, this could still factor into your future damages. An attorney can calculate any raises in your state’s minimum wage and do the math to figure out what your future income would have been. Job Training & Future Options If you were looking to expand on your current job skills, that could have been impacted and result in a large loss of future wages. By determining any classes or workshops that you were in, an attorney could have estimated the time it would take to graduate and put those job skills to use. For example, if you were a teacher taking classes to become an administrator, your whole career path may have been derailed. An attorney would estimate the costs of classes, potential career start dates, and the salaries that you would have earned with these improvements. Paid Hobbies If your work injury impacted other sources of income in your life, then your attorney may seek future damages for the losses. For example, if you sold Christmas crafts each year, your attorney can help account for the annual income that it added and how that income will be lost in the future. Another example involves fishing and hunting. If you sold fish or meat from hunting, your lost income could become a part of the damages that you seek...

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Damages You May Be Awarded Following A Car Crash And How They Are Taxed

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Damages You May Be Awarded Following A Car Crash And How They Are Taxed

If you were injured in a car accident and have filed a personal injury claim, you may be wondering how much money you will receive for a settlement. The amount you receive varies based on several factors and is generally broken down into four different categories. Learning what these categories are, and how they are taxed, will help give you an idea as to what types of compensation you may be entitled to. Loss of Income Loss of income is a common type of compensation that someone may receive following a car accident. If you are unable to work because of the accident, you will be compensated for the time you missed. This also comes into play if you are only able to work part-time following your injuries. If you are so injured that you are unable to return to your job, you will receive compensation based on your employable skills and your restrictions. A judge will then make an opinion call as to how long it should take you to find work you can do or retrain into a position that you can do. Lost compensation can also be included in this category. If you regularly receive a bonus, raise or other financial compensation, and miss out on it due to your injuries and inability to work, you will often be awarded this amount in your settlement. If you are awarded loss of income compensation, this money will generally not be considered taxable by the federal government unless the personal injury lawsuit was filed against your employer, such as another employee causing a car crash while you were on a business trip. However, keep in mind that some states will require you to pay state income taxes on your loss of income settlement, so be sure to check with your attorney or tax professional when it comes to this topic. Medical Expenses Medical expenses are one of the most common types of compensation that someone receives in a car crash settlement. Medical expenses are designed to compensate you for any past, current and future medical bills related to the injuries you sustained in the car accident. The medical care you receive is designed to get you as close to pre-car accident condition as possible. As such, if you already have a back injury, and you re-injure your back, the compensation you receive is not designed to heal your back, since it was already hurt. Instead, it is designed to get you to the point you were already at when the accident occurred. Medical expenses may include doctor’s visits, physical therapy, massage, chiropractic care, medications, and any medical devices that may be needed, such as walkers and wheelchairs. The amount you receive varies based on how much your current medical bills amount to and how much medical care your primary treating physician feels you will need in the future. This type of expense is known as general damages and is not subject to taxation. Punitive Damages Punitive damages are awarded if you can prove that the other party has acted negligently. In the case of car accidents, this may include driving while under the influence or driving while texting. These damages are mainly designed to punish the other party for acting in a reckless manner. If you are awarded...

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Why You Shouldn’t Sign A Binding Arbitration Clause When Sending Your Loved One To A Nursing Home

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Shouldn’t Sign A Binding Arbitration Clause When Sending Your Loved One To A Nursing Home

When a parent or family member needs intensive medical care to deal with illness or age, making the transition is overwhelming enough you may not realize what you’re signing. A legal agreement mixed into the usual entry paperwork package could create big problems later if the unthinkable happens. Discover why signing a binding arbitration clause interferes with your ability to bring a personal injury claim against a nursing home, even in cases of negligence. The Facts About the Clause This complex-sounding clause is actually quite simple in terminology and often only takes up a few paragraphs or a single page of the general contract with the nursing home. The text outlines an agreement in which you and the nursing home settle all disputes through a private third-party arbitrator instead of going to court. This can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars because you usually also agree to pay half of the arbitration fees, even if you win the dispute. Professional arbitrators charge hundreds of dollars per hour and may rule in favor of the home no matter what evidence you present. The Limits and Legal Support Despite the serious accidents that occur in serious negligence personal injury and wrongful death cases, these issues are still settled out of court when both parties have signed this kind of clause. This is why it’s crucial to thoroughly read all entrance paperwork before signing it, whether you’re checking your loved one into a public hospital or a privately-run facility. Even if you claim you didn’t understand exactly what you were signing at the time, you’re almost always locked into the arbitration model after signing this contract. In fact, the Supreme Court recently upheld the legality of this practice in this exact industry, so don’t automatically expect a district judge to reverse the order and bring your case to court. The Impact on Negligence Cases The problems caused by keeping a legitimate personal injury claim out of the courts goes beyond the lack of compensation and support for the victim and their family. When negligence is involved on an employee’s end or by the entire nursing home staff, settling with a private arbitrator prevents Public announcements from being made about the results of the case, exposing the issue to a wider audience Victims from joining class action lawsuits, except in a few states that specifically allow that action Case law from being changed by the individual decisions adding up over the years Employees or supervisors from being fired for their actions, unless the arbitrator makes it a condition for the settlement. In fact, many families choose to follow through with a personal injury claim mainly to improve the overall safety and oversight in the nursing home industry. They don’t get this option if they’ve signed away their rights to go to court. The Alternatives for Caretakers and Family Members Be prepared to negotiate with the nursing home if you find a clause like this when reviewing the paperwork you’ve already signed. If they won’t agree to sign an alternative contract allowing for court mediation or legal proceedings, consider finding a new establishment on this principle alone. It only takes one honest mistake to permanently affect your loved one’s health, so you need the security of being able to bring negligence to...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Workers Compensation Attorneys

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Workers Compensation Attorneys

If you have been injured on the job and require medical attention, your employer is required to file a workers compensation claim with their insurance provider for you. This claim entitles you to be reimbursed for your medical care, any money you lose if the doctor deems you are unable to work due to your injuries, and possibly to recover money for future medical expenses and injuries with permanent effects. If you are in this position, you may be wondering whether you should hire a workers compensation attorney. Getting answers to the questions you have about this type of lawyer will help you decide. Under What Circumstance Should I Consider Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney? If you are injured on the job, and a workers compensation claim is filed, you always have the option of hiring an attorney. However, if your injuries are relatively small or you are not missing any time from work, there may be little benefit to hiring an attorney. If you have substantial injuries, are missing a lot of time from work, the insurance company delays or denies your claim or your employer is refusing to file a claim on your behalf, you may find hiring an attorney to beneficial. Complex cases can be challenging on your own, which is why hiring an attorney is a great course of action in that circumstance. What Are the Benefits to Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney? If you are considering hiring a workers compensation attorney, you may be wondering what the benefits to hiring one are. One of the biggest benefits is that they will handle your case for you. They will deal with your employer and insurance company on your behalf. They will file necessary letters and paperwork with the courts. And they will work to get you a fair settlement. Another benefit to hiring a workers compensation attorney is that they can ensure you get the medical care you need with great doctors. Due to the complex reporting system and fee schedule, some doctors will not work with workers compensation patients. This can limit who you can see. An attorney will already know which doctors will treat you on a lien basis, helping you to get the care you need to heal and the reports you need to substantiate your claim, with no out-of-pocket expenses. I Don’t Have Money. Can I Still Get an Attorney? If you don’t have money, and are now unable to work, you may be wondering how you can possibly afford an attorney to help you with your workers compensation case. Luckily, the majority of workers compensation attorneys take a percentage of your settlement, rather than charging you an upfront or hourly fee. When your claim settles, the attorney gets paid, helping you to get the representation you need without you having to come up with the money up-front. Can My Employer Fire or Demote Me for Hiring an Attorney? If you were injured on the job, and are thinking about hiring an attorney, you may feel your employer will retaliate and demote or fire you. However, a company is not allowed to fire or demote any employee for hiring a workers compensation attorney. Employees are protected by various state and federal laws to prevent such occurrences from happening. If an employer...

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Common Legal Mistakes New Business Owners Should Avoid

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Legal Mistakes New Business Owners Should Avoid

Being a new business owner can be overwhelming. After all, it’s tough to tell where to start when it comes to the legal requirements and expectations, financial management and day to day operations. The best thing you can do as a new business owner is to ensure that you are legally protected. It’s important to have a corporate attorney on retainer, but you should also make sure that you understand some of the most common legal mistakes that new business owners make, many of which can land you in legal trouble. Here’s a look at some of the mistakes that you’ll want to avoid. Overstructuring the Business When you’re starting a small business, it’s easy to get lost in the structuring paperwork and create it with grand visions of your business growing rapidly. Don’t try to structure your business as though it were a multi-million dollar enterprise if you’re a sole proprietor. Instead, work with a corporate law specialist who can help you choose the business structure that’s going to be the best fit for you. That way, you’ll have the flexibility later to adjust the structure documents as needed when you grow without being bound to stringent regulations that you weren’t really prepared for as a new business. Not Completing Your Incorporation Properly If you’re incorporating your small business, you need to be sure that you complete the entire process. While there are some free resources online that may make it seem like all you need is just Articles of Incorporation, there are many other steps that you don’t want to miss. If the incorporation isn’t done correctly, you’re likely to find yourself without the necessary liability protections that you need personally. And, if the IRS doesn’t recognize your business as a legitimate corporation, that can lead to tax liabilities and penalties that could cripple the finances of your business. By having your Articles of Incorporation and other documents created specifically for your business, you’ll have the confidence that they are correct, suitable for your operation and enforceable in court. Thinking You Have to Incorporate While incorporation may seem like it’s the only option, you don’t have to go through the legal process of incorporation just to own a business. In fact, incorporating is only really necessary if you’re looking to legally establish a partnership or you have liability concerns and want to protect yourself. Otherwise, forming a sole proprietorship is likely to be sufficient. Hiring Employees Unnecessarily Another common mistake that new business owners make is rushing to hire staff that they don’t really need. Hiring employees requires you to register as an employer, which means keeping track of hours, pay, taxes and employer liability. You’ll also need to pay unemployment tax, withhold income taxes and pay for worker’s compensation protection. Not to mention, you’ll need to be sure that you’re labeling your contractors and employees appropriately according to the IRS; otherwise, you’re risking serious penalties. Not Protecting Your Intellectual Property Another thing that a corporate attorney is likely to encourage you to do is take the steps to protect your intellectual property. Whether you’re dealing with product development, software creation, music, writing or any other creation, you’ll want to file for copyright or patent protection for those things. You’ll also want to consider protection for your...

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