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What the Heck is an Independent Contractor

What the Heck is an Independent Contractor? Part I: It Depends on Who’s Asking

By Andrew D. Randol

The term independent contractor gets thrown around a lot, often without a lot of thought behind the term. It is often misused, misunderstood, and can mean something completely different depending on the context in which it is used. In this multi-part Latest Thinking post, our Columbus employment lawyer will attempt to clarify exactly what an […]
Venture Capital Due Diligence Checklist - Part II

Venture Capital Due Diligence Checklist – Part II

By Drew Stevens

In our last post, we started to dive into what startups can expect once they’ve signed a term sheet with a venture capital firm. Venture capital firms take due diligence seriously, and it can be intimidating to work with a Columbus venture capital law firm. Startup founders and officers who take due diligence equally if […]
Venture Capital Due Diligence

Venture Capital Due Diligence Checklist – Part I

By Drew Stevens

If you’re a startup and you’ve just successfully negotiated your term sheet with a venture capital firm, congrats. You’ve spent months pitching to angels, VC firms, and just about anybody who will listen, and now you’ve finally locked down a commitment for funding. Now that you have a signed term sheet, the next step is […]
S Corp Election

Business Entity Basics Part III: The S Corp Wrinkle: The S Corp Can Save Owners Big in Self-Employment Taxes

By Andrew Randol

In Part II of Business Entity Basics, our Columbus business lawyer explained that taxes are usually the primary factor when choosing between an LLC and a corporation. Business Entity Basics Part III discusses a third option that is often used in many small and medium sized businesses, the S Corp. Why would you choose an […]
How to Form an Ohio Limited Liability Company

How to Form an Ohio Limited Liability Company – Part II

By Drew Stevens

In our last post, we began to cover forming an LLC in Ohio. In this post, we’ll cover the third major component of forming your startup or company, writing your operating agreement. What is an Ohio Operating Agreement? An operating agreement is a legal contract between the members of the company and the company. For […]
eCommerce Legal Guide Part IV

A Guide of Legal Considerations for eCommerce Companies – Part IV

By Drew Stevens

In our final installment of our four-part eCommerce legal guide, we’ll cover some of the legal aspects associated with major logistical components. Some of the agreements and contracts covered in this Part IV can be confusing even for seasoned eCommerce business owners, so if you feel that you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out […]
How to Form a Limited Liability Company in Ohio

How to Form an Ohio Limited Liability Company – Part I

By Drew Stevens

As Columbus business formation attorneys, one of the more asked questions we get is how to file an Ohio LLC. Given the relative informality, flexibility, and low filings costs (compared to certain other states), forming an Ohio LLC can be a great choice for startups and companies in a variety of sectors, including software, technology, […]
eCommerce Legal Guide Part III

A Guide of Legal Considerations for eCommerce Companies – Part III

By Drew Stevens

Unless you have a fully-automated business or your office is staffed by robots (hopefully T-800s), you may eventually find that you need help with your eCommerce business. In Part III of our eCommerce legal guide, we’ll dive into the particulars of hiring employees and contracting with independent contractors. We’ll also cover some of the more […]
eCommerce Legal Guide Part II

A Guide of Legal Considerations for eCommerce Companies – Part II

By Drew Stevens

You don’t have to be a Columbus, Ohio eCommerce attorney to know that there are a number of ways in which you can both protect your eCommerce company and offer your customer more clarity and peace of mind. In this Part II, we’ll cover some of the core agreements and policies necessary for running a […]
File a Delaware Limited Liability Company

How to File a Delaware Limited Liability Company

By Drew Stevens

Even though I’m a Columbus, Ohio business law lawyer, I get a number of questions revolving around filing and forming LLCs in difference states, especially for Ohio LLCs and Delaware LLCs. Sometimes, it may be advantageous for a company or startup to file in Delaware as opposed to the startup’s home state of operations. This […]

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