Do I Need a Certificate of Authority to Do Business in NYC?

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New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance issues Certificates of Authority to businesses which authorize them to collect sales tax from customers. This also allows them to honor the tax-exempt status of non-profit agencies with whom they do business. You might be wondering when and if you need a Certificate of Authority for your startup or business to do business in New York City; especially if you are a foreign (whether U.S. or international) entity.

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Everything You Need to Know About The California AB5 Law

Toyota Prius offering rides for UBER and LYFT in San Francisco Bay Area. These companies will be affected by the AB5 law.

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), signed into law by the state’s governor in September of 2019, went into effect on January 1, 2020.  Informally referred to as the “Gig Worker” bill, AB5 means some big changes for contractors and companies who use them. This blog will offer a broad overview of AB5, its current status, potential complications you might face, and some examples of ways California businesses and other businesses have responded to the new law.

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When Key Man Insurance Becomes Worth the Cost

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The tragic loss of a key employee due to an incapacitating illness or accident can have a devastating impact on your startup or small business. One of the best ways to ensure your company is protected against this kind of tragic loss is through a Key Man insurance policy. Stabilizing the company financially during tough times can make all the difference in how quickly your business recovers. 

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8 Potential Legal Issues in Esports

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Back when video games first rolled out in homes all over the world, multiplayer gaming was severely limited. With the introduction of the internet and online multiplayer capabilities, people could compete in massive competitions involving dozens or even hundreds of players. As a result of this global competition and interconnectivity, the esports industry was born.

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Are DIY Legal Services Helpful or Harmful?

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Companies like LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer, Mama Bear, and ZenBusiness promise fast and inexpensive access to legal forms. They cut out the “middleman”—in this case, an attorney—to keep costs down. These DIY legal services allow people to do everything from filing for divorce to creating a will to incorporating a business. But do these companies do more harm than good?

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