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Thinking of Starting a New Business?

Many people have the dream of starting their own business, but may not know exactly how to go about it.  All the experts will tell you that you should start a business doing something you are passionate about.  Many successful businesses have been started from a hobby or idea that the founder is passionate about.

Starting a new business can be scary because there are a lot of risks involved.  To reduce the risk of starting a new business, you should consider starting the business while you still have full-time employment if possible.  Being able to maintain a consistent income can reduce the risk of not know if your business will generate enough revenue to support you and your family.

One of the first things to consider when starting a new business is what type of business entity to choose.  Do you need to set up a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a corporation, or run the business as a sole proprietor?  Selecting the proper business entity is very important and you should take the time and talk with an experienced business formation attorney to ensure you understand all of your options and select the best one for your specific needs.

There are a lot of things you will need to manage when starting your new business and depending on your type of business, entity and other factors, the complexity could become overwhelming.  Utilizing the services of a small business lawyer will help ensure you and your business are protected from legal issues down the road.

Here are some services that business lawyers can help with:

  • Registration of Fictitious Name with Required Published Notices
  • Application for Business License
  • Draft and File Statement of Information
  • Assist in Applying for Federal Employer ID
  • Register with State Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Dispute Resolution Services
  • On-demand Corporate or General Counsel Services
  • Draft Demand Letter and Follow-up
  • Respond to Demand Letter and Follow-up
  • Draft Contracts
  • Annual Review of Legal Needs (A popular service for first-time clients)
  • Review Current Employee Policies and make recommendations
  • Draft Employee Policies and Procedures
  • Draft employee or independent contractor agreement
  • Review contracts and make recommendations
  • Draft Employee Stock Option/Benefit Plan
  • Employment termination and release agreement
  • Draft Use or Licensing contract
  • Negotiation of contract
  • Draft Non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Draft Purchase Agreement
  • Draft Partnership agreement
  • Draft Operating agreement
  • Draft Website Privacy Policy
  • Draft Website User Agreement/Term of Service
  • Election to be treated as an S Corporation or Partnership

Newport Beach Police Arrest Two Men After Short Pursuit Ended In Huntington Beach

Newport Beach Police were involved in a high-speed pursuit that occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway late Sunday, which led to a car accident in the Orange County area.  Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella stated that the chase started when a Newport Beach officer attempted to pull over a speeding car with no headlights around 11 p.m. near Walnut Street.  The driver of the gray Chevrolet sedan was identified as 39-year-old Louis Holt of Los Angeles.  Apparently when the officer tried to pull Holt over, he slowed down but did not stop until he was three miles from the Huntington Beach entrance bridge.  As the officer approached the Chevrolet he could see that the car was running, but there was no key in the ignition.  When Holt was ordered to get out of the car, he sped away even with pleas from a female passenger in the backseat of the car asking him to stop.

Police pursued Holt as he was traveling at speeds more than 100 mph down Pacific Coast Highway before colliding with a light pole on First Street.  Once the car came to a final stop, Holt and 26-year-old driver side passenger Forrest Green of Los Angeles fled on foot but were quickly tackled by Huntington Beach Police officers.  Officers also suspected that the vehicle Holt was driving was stolen.

Upon being detained, Holt stated that he was injured and was transported to a local medical center before he was arrested on charges of suspicion of driving while high on drugs, resisting arrest, kidnapping (since he took the woman in the backseat on the pursuit with her consent), and possession of a methamphetamine pipe.  The driver side passenger Forrest Green was charged with suspicion of resisting arrest and for an outstanding warrant.

Police concluded that the car was not stolen and belonged to one of the passengers after they conducted a full investigation.  Luckily, there were no fatalities this time, but it is vital that if you are injured or involved in an automotive accident to contact the authorities and a lawyer immediately.

Fatal Accident In Skagit County Injures Two and Leaves Three Dead

Washington Highway Patrol received reports of a car accident early Friday morning on Highway 20 near Sedro-Woolley.  The accident occurred around 5 a.m. close to the Hamilton Cemetery Road East, when a 1998 Audi A4 was traveling Eastbound on Highway 20 crossed the center line and struck a Ford Fusion carrying 65-year-old Fredrick Brand of Concrete, head-on, killing him immediately.

Washington State Patrol Tropper Mark Francis stated that two other young female passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  They were identified as 23-year-old Nicole Washington of Sedro-Woolley and 21-year-old Megan Brown of Bellingham.

The driver of the Audi was identified as 19-year-old Alfredo Navarro of Mount Vernon, and his driver side passenger, 22-year-old Quinnton Baxtor of Burlington, were both transported via airlift to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for severe injuries they had sustained in the accident.

Highway Patrol is investigating the scene of the accident trying to figure out what cause the deadly accident.  Some believe that alcohol could have played a major factor.  WHP closed off Highway 20 for hours while the investigation was underway.

After being transported to Harborview Medical Center, Alfredo was to be arrested but was able to be checked out of the hospital by his parents.  Police stated that because of how severe Navarro’s injuries were, there did think he would be released.  Washington Highway Patrol had placed a $1,000,000 warrant after Navarro had checked out, and they were unable to contact him.  After Navarro’s blood work had been processed, prosecutors stated that because he was high on marijuana and had a very high blood-alcohol content level, he was responsible for the accident that took place that morning.

Authorities stated that this wasn’t Navarro’s first run in with the law.  In 2012, he was arrested for DUI and eluding police.  He is now facing criminal charges of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States.  If you or a loved on have been injured in a DUI-related accident, contact our Dellino Law Group in Seattle.

 

What To Do After An Accident

Unfortunately, accidents happen unexpectantly every day.  In a lot of cases, you can be involved in an accident at no fault of your own.  Because serious accidents can have life changing effects on your life, personal injury laws have been created to help protect victims that have been injured because of the negligence of another party.  If you’ve been injured in an accident, below are a few things to consider.

  • If the accident was caused by someone else you need to attempt to document the scene of the accident if possible.  If you are able, try to take photos of the accident scene, get the names and contact information of any witnesses that may have seen what happened.  If you are injured, have someone else attempt to document the scene of the accident and get witnesses contact information.
  • If people are injured, be sure to contact 911, so that emergency teams can be notified to respond to the scene of the accident.
  • There can be many factors that cause an accident, so its important to not tell anyone that you caused the accident.  Responding police officers will document the accident and if you claim responsibility for the accident it could be used against you by insurance companies and personal injury lawyers.
  • If medical personnel do not respond to the accident, you should still consult with a physician to ensure you have not sustained any injuries.  Even if you “feel fine”, you should visit a doctor because some injuries may not be apparent right away.
  • If the accident was serious and caused injuries you should definitely contact a local personal injury lawyer that has experience representing clients with your type of injuries and accident.

If your accident involved injuries, one of the first calls you should make is to a local personal injury attorney.  There are many online resources that you can use to find more information about personal injury laws and to find an experienced local injury accident lawyer.  For your convenience, we’ve included some online resources that may be beneficial if you’ve been injured in an accident.

Accident / Personal Injury Resources