Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Six Tips for Effective Due Diligence

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created a topsy-turvy world peppered with riddles and puns. That world may feel familiar to anyone who has gone through the due diligence process, where opportunities for misunderstandings are rife. The goal, however, of due diligence is to demystify and clarify, which can best happen when the parties rely on process, structure and well-articulated expectations Read More

The Ghost of Transactions Past: How Successor Liability Can Haunt the Present and Future of Your Business

Running the numbers, modeling markets and demand, and planning growth and profitability are common exercises for any acquisition. But in the excited rush around making the next big purchase, businesses sometimes neglect the trail of sticky and costly problems that can tag along with a deal, frequently expressed in the form of successor liability. Understanding how liabilities can follow an asset through the door–or Read More

At-Will Employment: A Business Guide

The term “at-will employment” may be familiar to many, since it is the default rule under Georgia law, per O.C.G.A. § 34-7-1. But at-will employment is not a panacea for every difficult employment situation or decision. And blithely relying on the right can result in unexpected complications for the unwary employer. Below, we provide an overview of at-will employment within the context of Georgia law. Next, we Read More

Harnessing a Diverse Workforce – a Short Reference Guide on Avoiding Religious Discrimination

Freedom of religion has deep roots in American history, stemming from the great diversity of peoples, faiths, practices and philosophies that have helped define our civic culture and values. But in application, freedom of religion–and from religion–have proven subtle and more thorny questions, especially when applied to private modes of business, association, and conduct. In short, what can a private employer be Read More

New Georgia law raises a question: is your independent contractor now your employee?

In May 2022, House Bill 389 (HB 389) was signed into law and became effective as of July of this year. HB 389 brought significant updates to the definition of employment in Georgia, ostensibly expanding the class of persons who qualify for employer contributions to unemployment. But, HB 389 can be expected to have broader ramifications for employers, including a potential expansion liability for unpaid taxes, minimum Read More

Using Mediation to Resolve Your Business Disputes

There are times when disputes between business partners arise, and it can be difficult to settle them without outside help. Mediation is a process that can help to resolve these disputes, and it can benefit both parties. To start, mediation is often cheaper than going to court. It can also be faster and more informal than traditional methods of dispute resolution. This means that it can be a good option for small Read More

Due Diligence Can Make or Break Your M&A Deal

When you’re selling a business, high-quality due diligence is essential to keeping both sides happy. Buyers want to ensure that your business really is what was agreed upon, and if provided poorly conducted due diligence, could back out of the deal. Sellers should ensure that they’re following these guidelines to prevent a deal from falling through. Conduct an Audit Buyers are primarily interested in confirming the Read More

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Contracts

While no business can remove itself entirely from the risk of litigation, a well-written contract can certainly help. Your contracts should always serve your business, your relationships, and the deal at hand by providing both protection and a set of terms that clearly define the agreement. With these aspects of a quality contract in mind, you’ll be able to handle business disputes in the best way possible - Read More

Take Care of Your Business Disputes Before They Get Out of Hand

Disputes between business associates can get out of hand quickly, and potentially spell the end for your business if not handled with the urgency and care they demand. These disputes frequently stem from disagreements about the future path of the business, or an owner acting in a manner which causes distrust between partners. However they may arise, resolving these issues in one way or another is critical to the Read More

Why Trademark? Benefits both National and International…

You’re likely familiar with trademarks – the little ™ or ® symbol you see next to all of your favorite brands. That little symbol, however, pulls a lot of weight. A trademark can make a world of difference to your company and products, as well as help launch your business into a national or global brand.  A Federal Trademark Protects Your Product Nationally The ™ symbol can be used on any mark to which a business Read More