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When a client comes to me with a legal dispute, requesting my help with conflict resolution, most times the dispute relates to a “relationship gone wrong.”  What does that mean exactly? At the beginning of a relationship, even a business relationship, you’re in what’s referred to as the “honeymoon phase”.  At these early stages, novelty and possibilities drive the relationship. Expectations are high and everyone is excited. As time passes, misunderstandings can occur and sometimes…
Social Media Disasters As an entrepreneur with a growing business, I rely on social media as a venue for potential clients to know, like, and trust me. My social media content allows people who need my expertise and services to find me. I’ve been posting legal tips, thoughts, and motivations for small business owners consistently and regularly for quite awhile now; and am proud of the content I have created and shared; and the business…
All my life I’ve been told to “dress for success.”  Inevitably that meant dressing with a sense of style and professionalism:  impeccable hair, nails, shoes, and of course, let’s not forget the professional dress or pantsuit.    I do agree that your image and appearance makes an impression on others.  That’s basically proven. However, lately I’ve been thinking about what “dress for success” means for my own personal day to day success.  Some say that dressing…
The new technology of today has changed the way we communicate, the way we operate, the way we do business.  Successful businesses today look and feel very different than our parent’s generation. Think about how the rapid changes in technology have changed the way we run our business.   The New Generation Generation Z customers and competitors not only have never known a world without the internet, some have had smartphones since middle school.  Every question,…
“If you have butterflies in your stomach, ask them into your heart.”    Cooper Edens     I’m afraid of needles.  Yes, like many of us, injections are not my favorite form of medical care.  As far back as I can remember, when I needed a shot of any kind, I’d scrunch my face, turn my head, close my eyes, and try to think of roses and daffodils.  Pinch – ouch – and then it’s done…survived another…
Twitter Username: @randikarpiniaAccount Owner Name: Chamberlin OkulaLocation: Russia Actual Fact – this happened to me.   You’ve probably heard of  impostors claiming to be celebrities, brands or company big-shots on social media platforms.  I learned the hard way that even us “relatively unknowns” can lose our social media identity to imposters.   I discovered the imposter as I was managing my own defensive social media platforms’ registration.  As I “claimed” my given name and my business…
“You’ve damaged the tendons in your right foot.”  Ouch – those words from the podiatrist surely confused me.  “For the next 10 to 12 weeks, you should avoid any activities (including driving) that may aggravate the injury until the pain has gone. We’ll be immobilizing the foot and ankle from moving using a boot.”  My first thought “Seriously, how will I survive?” Those thoughts overwhelmed me. I spent the next few hours thinking “how will…
When I was growing up, the Encyclopedia was my “go-to” place for information.  Our family home always had the latest edition. If not in the encyclopedia, the local public library was my next stop.  I would read an article or book passage, take notes, write what I’d learned in my own words and voila my homework, research, or report was complete.  You see, when I was growing up, computers took up entire rooms and content…
Copyright protects all original expressions of an idea, story, drawing, written instructions and similar materials.  It gives the owner exclusive right to reproduce/distribute copies, and create derivative works; as well as authorize others to do so.  Copyright protects the author/owner from unlawful theft or inadvertent reuse or resale. Copyright protection starts upon creation (i.e. as soon as a work is fixed in a tangible medium such as written down or entered into a computer).  Copyright…
Registering the trademark for your business name is one of those low-priced, high value actions you can take to secure your success. So what exactly is a trademark and why do I need one? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies the source of goods of one party from those of others.  A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes…