Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Whether you do business as a sole proprietor, are a shareholder in closely held corporation, a member of an LLC, or operate a public company as an officer or director, creating and maintaining good business processes can help limit your business’s internal and external liabilities.…

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

If your business engages in the sale of “real estate, goods, or services” or collection matters in Oregon, your business is subject to statutory consumer protections contained in Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA), ORS 646.605, et. al.  The UTPA contains broad enforcement authority and…

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone or someone looking for work, the classification of a person as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important for practical, cost, and liability reasons.  In addition, most legal protections afforded to employees do not…

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

What it Means for Employees in an "At Will" Employment State like Oregon

Oregon is an “At Will” employment state, which generally means that either an employee or an employer may terminate an employment relationship with or without cause at any time.  There is an exception to “At Will” employment if a contract of employment exists between an…

Is a Debt Collector Contacting You?

Is a Debt Collector Contacting You?

If you are like many, you have some debt.  When bills are unpaid and in default, a creditor may seek the assistance of a collection agency or attorney to collect unpaid debts.  This occurs when payments are in default and when unpaid debts are reduced…

Grow Your Business by Limiting Your Foreseeable Legal Risks

Grow Your Business by Limiting Your Foreseeable Legal Risks

If you are a small business owner, consider ways to make more money to grow your business by evaluating your options to increase your sales and cut overhead.  That’s excellent. However, give additional consideration to limiting your foreseeable legal risks.  If you have ever been…

Is It Time to Start Your Own Business?

Is It Time to Start Your Own Business?

Are your tired of working for someone else?  Would you like more flexibility in your daily life?  Do you have a business idea or service that you want to pursue in a more concrete way?  If so, it might be time to start putting your…