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Opening a Brewery? 5 Business Issues to Consider

Let me begin by saying that I think microbrewery owners are a fascinating breed of entrepreneur. It is their love for the product that inspires them and their persistence and pursuit of perfection that allows some, but not all, to succeed as business owners. Not only that, but microbrewery ownership is one of the few types of businesses where “competitors” are not actually competing. There is a comradery amongst them that creates unlikely alliances that are mutually beneficial. But that is a subject best left to a future post. For now, let’s look at the top 5 business...

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Trademark Bully or Trademark Protector?

Protecting a brand that you have worked so hard to create is very important as a business owner, especially if you have a product or service that relies upon its branding to appeal to potential and existing customers. Also, your ideas are what set you apart from others. How disheartening would it be for you to come up with a really great name or design for something that you sell only to have another company take it away from you? It takes a lot of hard work to become a household name and/or to have someone immediately recognize your goods by the labeling. Your identity and reputation are...

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FSBO – Want to Save $9000+ When Selling Your Home?

It’s hard to escape all of the ads and social media postings proclaiming that the housing market is HOT.  If you are selling your home and you already have a buyer, enlisting the assistance of a real estate sales person at that point simply does not make sense, economically speaking.  However, you may find the process of actually selling your home a little bit intimidating because you may still have questions and there is, of course, paperwork that must be professionally prepared in order to effectively consummate the sale. Beebe Law Group helps people selling without a broker by...

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The “I Should” Feeling: Akrasia

      Akrasia and procrastination are related but they are not the same thing.  Procrastination can be associated with the act of simply “putting things off.”  It means to delay or to postpone.  We all do it.  We sit down to begin a project and instead of getting started right away we check our email, read the news, and laugh at peoples’ posts on Facebook.  Akrasia (pronounced “ah-KRAH-see-ah”) is the state of acting against one’s better judgment.  It is a much deeper phenomenon than mere procrastination.  It involves acting against...

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Why a Pre-Closing May Be Your Best Bet

Pre-closings are rare in residential real estate transactions but may often prove to be a necessity in a commercial deal.  This is also called a “preliminary closing” and may only require the attendance of the parties’ attorneys and/or real estate agents.  Why would a pre-closing be rare in a residential deal and not a commercial one?  First, it is rare for attorneys to get too involved in a residential closing unless there is a problem or the purchase is contingent on the sale of another home.  Second, commercial closings often require more contractual stipulations...

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Pass Interference!!! Tortious Interference and Your Rights…

So, you thought you had an agreement and, out of no where, someone interferes.  Instead of walking away with your tail in between your legs, you should know that you have legal rights.  Here is a brief introduction to the elements required for “tortious interference with contract.” If you can answer yes to these questions then you are likely to have a valid claim. 1.  Was there a valid contract existing at the time of the alleged interference?  If there was not an existing contract, was there a business expectancy rising to the level of a reasonable likelihood or probability...

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