Imagine: You’re an independent artist who earns an income on a project basis. You’re hired to complete a work of art. You spent hundreds of dollars on supplies, weeks in the planning phase, and months working on the piece. You’ve received partial payment and are expecting the final payment after completion.
We are excited to announce that our Managing Attorney, Victoria R. Clark, Esq., was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel in DC as a provisional member.
The CJA Panel is a group of attorneys and investigators committed to providing quality representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia. Enacted in 1964, the CJA establishes a comprehensive system for appointing and compensating legal representation for accused persons who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings (plus those in the District of Columbia).
At Clark Law, we believe everyone is entitled to the best legal defense possible, and look forward to providing just that to those who need it most.
Contact us today to learn about our commitment to providing excellent legal services in the District of Columbia.
Whatever your business, whatever your industry, you will work with others and the success of your business will depend on you forming relationships. At the outset, your business can have a single owner or multiple owners. If you are a part of an ownership team, the details of the ownership must be written and agreed upon by every member of the team. Each person should sign this agreement. This protects each member of the team in case of disagreements, disputes, or dissolution of the team. One of the most common responses we hear when asking about team structure is “he’s my brother, there’s nothing to worry about.” Although you love your brother/mother/best friend/husband who doubles as your business partner, you and every individual involved has his/her own interests. Each of you need to be protected individually.
The next step is hiring. Whether it’s a part or full-time employee or simply contracting services (paying someone to build a website, for example) you want to ensure that the terms of the arrangement are clearly spelled out. Companies you hire may already have standard agreements that they ask their clients sign. Make sure you read the agreement before you sign it and thoroughly understand all the terms outlined in the agreement. The most easily avoidable mistake anyone can make is not reading and understanding an agreement before signing it. If a company you work with does not have an agreement, you can and should have them sign an agreement.
Do you need help creating an agreement between your business partners?
Do you have questions about an agreement a company is asking you to sign?
Do you need help devising a strategy around building your team?
Contact Clark Law today to discuss how we can help.
Second only to your product or service, your brand is everything. It is how people find out about you, remember you, and show you off to others. Your brand’s name, packaging, color, logo, all come together to boost your business’ credibility. Your customers care about your brand, and it must be protected! Many business owners find that once they get started and build recognition, others want to take advantage of their hard work. These copycats will create similar products with similar packaging, colors, and marketing strategies. You must ensure now that when this happens (because if your business is successful, it WILL happen), your brand is protected.
How do you protect your brand? A starting point is through applying for a trademark registration with the USPTO.
What does this mean? Basically, it is the words and/or images (logo!) that represents your business.
The application process with the USPTO can be long and complicated. At Clark Law, we recognize that your ideas and hard work are worth protecting and are here to help. Contact Clark Law today to find out how we can help you protect your brand.
Depending on the product or service a business offers as well as the business location, there may be additional requirements imposed. Most industries have regulations affecting their operations and the operators in those industries. In the District of Columbia, all businesses must have a license to operate (with limited exceptions). There are licenses for specific business categories, and one catch-all license for businesses who do not fit into those categories. It is extremely important to ensure compliance with these regulations and/or licensing requirements at the very beginning of the creation of a business. The penalty for failure to do so is high, and often can be significantly more expensive and time consuming than the license application itself. Licenses should be included in the business budget, and regulatory compliance should always be a kept in mind.
Navigating these processes can be complex. Click here to schedule a consultation with Clark Law to discuss how we can ensure your business is properly licensed and compliant with applicable regulations.