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How Should A New Startup Approach IP Protection?

When you set up a business in New York, or anywhere in the U.S., it is imperative that you take steps to protect your brands, trademarks, and other intellectual property. IP rights are valuable assets that can be used as security for loans, to distinguish your business from competitors, to offer your customers something unique, and even provide you an important revenue stream.

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Common Types Of Franchises In New York

If you are interested in running a franchised business, and you have even read about the fundamental steps of starting a business, it is recommended that you also familiarize yourself with the different types of franchises that are available in the current market. Although geographic location and size are some of the factors used to differentiate between various types of franchises, there are three key types of franchises we talk about when it comes to New York.

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The New Buzzword: Legal Analytics

Since centuries ago, lawyers understood the importance of conducting legal research so that they can identify useful cases, statutes, and regulations to support their lawyering work. Legal research is also one of the areas that every law student will be exposed to during their time in law school. However, in the recent past, legal analytics has become a buzzword.

Don’t be mistaken; legal analytics is not meant to replace legal research. Legal research is, and always will be, the basis of successful lawyering. Legal analytics is meant to be done as a complement to legal research, whether it’s before or during litigation. And don’t be surprised, it could very well be the winning edge in a case.

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Is Your Immigration Status Causing Problems For You As A Tenant In New York?

Today, landlords in New York terminate tenant leases over a wide variety of reasons. Due to the changes in the political climate in the United States, it is becoming more and more common that tenants are threatened with eviction calls based on their immigration status. This post sets out to inform your rights as a tenant and what you can do if you face harassment from your landlord in relation to your immigration status.

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Which Type Of Investors Can Partake In Private Offerings?

New businesses or companies that are just getting started must understand investor classifications before they seek investment capital. Which class of investors cannot and which investors can participate in private offerings? Regulation D put forth by the Securities and Exchange Commission, states that in order to raise funds, the private offering of stock may be issued by an organization without the organization registering officially to “go public”. (A detailed explanation of Regulation D offerings can be found by clicking here.)

All of the various types of market investors come into play here, as only certain types are more encouraged than others by the SEC to participate in Regulation D offerings. And again, some kinds of investors aren’t allowed to take part at all. Below is a listing and brief description of approved investor types.

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New Yorkers Cannot Use NY Solar Tax Credit For Geothermal Systems

New Yorkers who have installed geothermal systems, an energy efficient and increasingly common method of heating homes, will not be able to use Tax Law Section 606 g-1, a tax credit that covers expenditures made for the installation of qualifying equipment involved in solar energy systems. This decision was recently reached (and enforced) by New York’s tax appeals tribunal. Their reason, or explanation, for this ruling was that the geothermal system does not directly use solar radiation. Instead of producing energy, it uses ground source heat.

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Trending YouTube Content Creators, Copyright Infringement Is A Real Issue!

Should a YouTube creator be shocked and appalled when they are sued for copyright infringement? That all depends. When creators post YouTube content that ends up being successful, copyright infringement suits are somewhat predictable. Copyright lawsuits frequently target YouTubers, motion picture studios, television networks – any company or person that professionally creates content. This is just the way of the world these days. Those who are caught off guard or surprised by infringement claims, however, were probably not prepared or adequately advised that such a possibility existed.

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Steps To Take For Incorporating a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Not all non-profit organizations are tax exempt from either state or federal taxes. Just because it is non-profit does not automatically qualify it to be tax-exempt. The term 501(c) or 501(c)(3) is mistakenly assumed as a title for charitable or non-profit organizations in general. This is incorrect. Those numbers and letters refer to a specific internal revenue code tax category. Whether the association is unincorporated or incorporated, it must file for tax exemption (and its eligibility approved) before it can be legally referred to as tax exempt.

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NYC Rent Guidelines Board Will Decide On Proposed Rent Hike On June 27, 2017

Living in New York City is so desirable that people will pay exorbitant rents for even the smallest of studios. The City is beautiful, economic opportunities overflow, the atmosphere is fun, energetic, and lively, and the city itself is exceedingly diverse. What’s not to love. Except, of course, for that crazy rent paid for a tiny little space. Unfortunately, that rent is about to increase.

The rent on certain hotel units, apartments, and rent stabilized lofts will be raised very soon. This was a decision reached by the NYC Rent Guidelines Board this year, on April 25. If the renewal of your lease was scheduled for between October 1 of this year and September 30 of next year, in all likelihood, you will see an increase in rent.

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Is It Really Possible To Impeach The President?

If history has taught us anything, it’s that efforts to impeach the president may not always work, but can resolutely end up in his resignation. So whereas impeachment may not be achieved, the ultimate goal has been reached. When concentrating your efforts on something of this magnitude it is essential that legalities be followed to the letter. One slip-up can result in not only failing at your attempted impeachment but possible repercussions at a higher level.

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