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Intellectual Property

Seek Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

An international treaty called the Madrid Protocol makes it much easier for Americans to obtain international protection for their trademarks. It allows a trademark owner to seek registration in any of the participating countries by filing a single application, called an “international application.” The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, which is located […]
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Tips for Recognizing and Solving Cash Flow Problems

There’s more to financial reporting than profits. The statement of cash flows can be a powerful management tool. During an economic downturn, it’s especially important for managers to monitor cash flows to detect — and correct — problems as soon as possible. Here’s an overview of how this underappreciated report works and what to look […]
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Is a Lease with an Option to Buy a Home Right for You?

As interest rates rise and economic uncertainty abounds, many people have decided to lease their homes rather than buy them outright. But some renters may have a road to home ownership — through a lease with the option to buy. Such arrangements offer advantages to both renters (lessors) and landlords (lessees). Regardless of which side […]
Employment Law

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program: 12 Facts You May Not Know

The Dodd-Frank Act, which was signed into law in 2010, provides substantial rewards to individuals who report corporate fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Employees and others have strong incentives to blow the whistle on companies they suspect of violating federal securities laws. Despite the fact the law has been in existence for several […]
Business Fraud Prevention

Six Red Flags of Financial Statement Fraud

Many incidents of fraud are discovered inadvertently. For example, a staff member may notice something that doesn’t seem right and mentions it to a manager. Upon investigation, internal theft is found. But considering the potential damage that fraud can inflict on a company, it is obviously better to do more than depend on mere chance.
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10 Tips to Help You Combat Rising Costs

Inflation is up 8.3% year over year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many factors — including supply chain disruptions, multi-trillion-dollar government spending packages, the war in Ukraine and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic — have contributed to higher prices at the gas pumps, on the grocery shelves […]
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Are You Taking Advantage of Tax-Free Income Opportunities?

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. While you can’t live forever, there are still some ways to collect tax-free income. Here’s a list of common federal-income-tax-free opportunities for individuals.  How to Get Money into a Roth IRA A Roth IRA can be a tax-savvy retirement saving tool. Contributing to one makes sense […]
Commercial Law

Satisfaction Guaranteed?

If you’re in the business of selling or manufacturing products, then you’re in the business of offering warranties — whether you realize it or not. Basically, a warranty is a guarantee that an item is of a certain quality or has certain attributes. Offering written warranties makes good business sense. They help assure customers that […]

Be Cautious If You Plan Your Own Funeral

Generally we don’t like to think about our mortality, but many people do just that when they include a prepaid funeral in their estate plan to take the burden off their loved ones. A Years-Long Scam The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cautions consumers about a scam involving prepaid funerals. In one case, six individuals […]
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Applying for Private Business Loans with Confidence

Business borrowers aren’t just facing higher interest rates today. The terms of new loans have also become more restrictive. Nearly a quarter of senior loan officers reported tighter standards for commercial and industrial loans in the Federal Reserve’s second-quarter survey on bank lending practices. As banks rein in their lending practices, it’s important for business […]