Startups represented by seedling growthStartup clients often rely on independent contractors and advisors during their early stages but do not have the cash to pay them, so they turn to equity compensation. Stock options are a great incentive tool, but founders should consider the following before issuing options to advisors or independent contractors:

  1. How Much?: Most founders grant early

On Fox’s Franchise Law Update blog, partner John Gotaskie recently discussed an important upcoming deadline for businesses, including emerging companies, and entrepreneurs that operate websites that accept user-generated content:

If your franchise–or your franchisees–operate a website that accepts user-generated content, NOW is the time to contact the Copyright Office.

Whether you realize it or not,

Jim Singer writes:

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Have you updated your company’s form employee and independent contractor non-disclosure agreements lately? Do they comply with notice requirements relating to “whistleblowers” that took effect May 11, 2016 under a new federal law? If your answer is “no” or “I don’t

Philadelphia Magazine just published an article I wrote examining common legal issues for startups. In it, I provide a checklist for founders looking to establish their businesses while minimizing or avoiding common legal headaches later on. Here’s an excerpt:

Checklist
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Startup founders make countless decisions

As legal advocates, we counsel companies to enter into NDAs (non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements) whenever they share proprietary information.  An NDA serves several purposes.  It substantiates the date and terms on which information was shared, and if properly drafted, it can be enforced to halt damaging use of the information and give the company a