Blog Posts in 2015

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Capital Structure For Start-Ups: Part 2

By: Robert Hawn As a business lawyer in the Silicon Valley area of California, I find that one of the most important issues founders of a high tech start-up company have to consider is its ownership, ...
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General Partnership - What Is it And Am I In One?

By: Serge Filatov Working as a business attorney in Silicon Valley, which some consider the start-up capital of the world, I have seen my fair share of different business structures. One structure ...
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New Partnership Tax Return Filing Deadlines

By: Tamara Pow Since I started my career as a tax attorney at Price Waterhouse, and have been managing partner at two San Jose law firm limited liability partnerships (LLPs) since then, I am used to ...
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Partnership Alert!

By: Tamara Pow On November 2, 2015 the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”) was enacted, completely transforming partnership audit procedures going forward. The intent was to ...
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Sole Proprietorship - Is it right for me?

By: Serge Filatov Many people here in San Jose and Silicon Valley have a dream of starting their own small business. Small business owners that are just starting out often come to me and ask if they ...
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New California Law Allows Finders To Help With Start-up Financing

By: Robert Hawn In representing start-up companies in Silicon Valley I have found that one of the biggest challenges facing founders is raising early stage capital. Emerging growth companies often do ...
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We Are Not Going There! The Limits of Waivers in Loan Guaranties

By: Jack Easterbrook Question: if a person signs a loan guaranty and it contains a long waiver section in which the signer gives up defenses (and the guaranties all have these sections, right?), is ...
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Loans With High Rates of Interest - Be Careful About Usury

By: Serge Filatov As a corporate attorney here in Silicon Vall ey and San Jose, I have numerous clients who need help documenting loan transactions and promissory notes. These clients may be taking on ...
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Be Careful When Leasing A Home To Relatives

By: Tamara Pow Many people are very fortunate here in the San Francisco Bay Area to have acquired so much wealth in their real estate, both their homes and their vacation homes, as well as homes held ...
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Capital Structure For Start-Ups: Part I

By: Robert V. Hawn As a corporate attorney in San Jose, California, I help a lot of high tech start-up companies get up and running. One of the major decisions that requires a lot of time and ...
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Bob Hawn Presented at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California

October 8, 2015 - Robert Hawn presented at the "Basic Legal Skills for Advising Clients Doing Business Online" seminar at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California on October 8, ...
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Understanding the Benefits of Incorporating Your Business

Becoming an incorporated business has many advantages, including liability protection and ease of growth and transferability. However, incorporating a business requires payment of state franchise ...
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Why Tax Planning Is Essential for Your Business

A corporate attorney should work closely with a client’s other business advisors, including financial advisors and accountants. This team approach for a business attorney is critical in ...
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Choice of Entity: What to Consider When You Choose Your Business Structure

Before you decide what type of legal structure is best suited to your business, you should be sure to speak with a business attorney at a corporate law firm serving San Jose. There are a number of ...
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A Closer Look at LLCs

A limited liability company, or “LLC”, is a business structure that operates like a partnership but whose members are not personally liable for the company’s debts. The income of an ...
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Reasons the California Secretary of State Rejects Corporate Filings

Are you planning to file to form, change, or dissolve a business entity in California? If so, you should be aware of the most likely reasons that your corporate filing may be rejected by the ...
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The Importance of Hiring a Lawyer for Your Start-Up

In certain business areas, making a small mistake can cost you big. Though you may be able to handle a lot of business startup issues on your own, you need to know what situations call for a startup ...
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California Benefit and Flexible Purpose Corporations: What You Need to Know

A few years ago, California followed the trend and created two new types of for-profit corporate entity whose mission includes making positive impact on society and the environment. A corporate ...
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Funding Your New Company

As business lawyers dealing with start-ups in Silicon Valley, we often meet founders with great ideas but without a fundamental understanding of how their company can raise funding for their new ...
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Do You Need a Lawyer When You Sell Your Business?

Selling a company—even a small, family operated business—is not a simple matter. Before signing any paperwork, it’s essential to obtain a business lawyer who is experienced in ...
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What Are the Benefits of Working with a Real Estate Attorney?

There is no legal requirement that mandates the hiring of a real estate lawyer serving San Jose when buying or selling property. However, failure to do so can cost you thousands of dollars in the long ...
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Unreasonable Behavior: I Know It When I See It!

A great way to figure out whether someone’s behavior in connection with a contract or agreement is reasonable is to look at how courts view such things when resolving disputes. A recent ...
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The Secret Side of UCC Financing Statements

In my experience representing banks, asset based lenders and private lenders in San Jose and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, an overriding concern is to make sure that the lender has the ...
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The Hardware of Technology Laws in Silicon Valley [INFOGRAPHIC]

The world of technology has changed rapidly in recent years, with many of the most exciting innovations coming right from Silicon Valley. As technology changes, so too do the laws that govern the ...
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Tamara Pow Presenting to Santa Cruz CalCPA on May 14th

April 2015 - Tamara Pow, a Business and Real Estate Attorney in San Jose, will be speaking to the Santa Cruz CalCPA on May 14, 2015 about “Entity Selection From a Legal Perspective.” She ...
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