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What do companies need to know about plagiarism?

When the word “plagiarism” comes to mind, you might think about someone copying from an online source for a research paper or using words from a short story or book and saying they are his or her own. While it is true that these are examples of plagiarism, the topic can be much more broad. Therefore, it is important for Atlanta business owners to avoid copying the work of another, whether purposefully or inadvertently.

Companies’ responsibilities involving truthful advertising

Advertising is a vital part of business for businesses in Atlanta and elsewhere. Without ads on television, radio, the Internet and other venues, companies would have a more difficult time reaching potential customers. However, businesses also have a responsibility to make sure their advertising is truthful, accurate and not misleading.

Some Benefits of an LLC Structure

Among the many decisions that Georgia entrepreneurs looking to get their new business ventures off the ground must make is that of operational structure. Should a company be formed as a C corporation, an S corporation or an LLC? Given the differences inherent in these three models, there is clearly no one approach that is right for every business. That said, LLCs have grown in popularity in recent years and there are a few reasons to look at that may explain why.

What Should Franchisees Know Before Buying a Franchise?

If you are looking to start a busines in Georgia, you may consider purchasing a franchise business instead of starting an all-new venture. If nothing else, the opportunity to leverage a known brand name can give a good boost to your new operation. You may also enjoy some good support in setting up and running your business. But, like any business model, there are pros and cons to the world of franchising and there will be specific things you should be aware of and look for before signing on the dotted line.

Utility merger clears one of many steps on path to approval

For Georgia customers of power companies, cost of services is often a primary concern. This concern is shared by residential consumers and business customers alike. Many things play into the eventual cost of gas or electricity, including the raw cost of the fuel or energy source. Sometimes, it is business efficiencies that can help to bring costs down. In other cases, different providers may be a factor in consumer pricing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a verbal contract?

Written contracts have been used in business for thousands of years, so it may come as a surprise to learn that contracts based solely on the spoken word are still sometimes in use. These are known as oral, or verbal, contracts. Can a verbal contract be enforced in Atlanta if there is a contract dispute?

Developing a strong marketing plan

At Kaufman & Forman, P.C., we understand that one of the most important aspects of developing your Atlanta business is your marketing plan. A marketing plan can address the obstacles you would commonly face as a new business owner, including building your customer base and strengthening your business strategy. First, what exactly is a marketing plan?

Breach of contract: Know your options for remedy

Once a party breaches a contract with you, you have the legal right to hold that party responsible for the harm caused. At Kaufman & Forman, P.C., we know how devastating it can be to your business when this occurs. We can help you pursue justice through taking one of several courses of action.

What makes a contract legally enforceable in Georgia?

One of the most important things you can do before entering into a contract is to make sure that it is legally enforceable. There is not much point in signing an agreement if it would not mean much in a courtroom. Checking for enforceability will grant you protection in the event that a breach occurs.

What damages are available in a breach of contract suit?

An individual or business that does not hold up its end of an agreement may be found to be in breach of the contract. When that happens, you may be able to sue the company for damages. This is just one of your legal remedies, but it is often the most common one because doing so can compensate you for any financial losses you have suffered.

S corp or LLC: Which is right for my business?

As you start to think about incorporating your business in Atlanta, you may feel a little confused about choosing to be either an S corporation or a limited liability company, or LLC. According to the Internal Revenue Service, you must meet a number of qualifications to be considered for an S corp, such as the following:

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