West Covina Contract Lawyers
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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand West Covina Contract Attorneys
The West Covina contract attorneys & lawyers on UpCounsel are dedicated to helping businesses save time, money, and peace of mind with contract drafting and review, negotiations, litigation support, discovery, commercial business transactions, and more.
Our independent contract attorneys are available on-demand to provide contract legal services for businesses or to support your in-house general counsel to help lighten the load for transactional matters or litigation support.
Although the work of the West Covina contract attorneys found on UpCounsel often varies. They are highly experienced in legal contract activities such as commercial contract negotiations, document review in response to document subpoenas, request for production of documents, legal research, draft legal briefs, along with providing a full range of other contract legal services to businesses of any size.
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Intellectual Property Protection
Intellectual Property Protection. What entrepreneurs and business owners need to know about the basics of intellectual property law to protect their business IP.
Intellectual Property Protection Explained
Entrepreneurs and business owners need to understand the basics of intellectual property (IP) law to best protect their hard-earned creations and ideas from unfair competition. Intellectual property includes distinctive items that you have created and ones that give you an economic benefit.
Seek professional experience from an intellectual property attorney to help your company plan for success and avoid theft of ideas, designs, and other concepts. Since filing and refiling IP applications can get expensive and waste time if done incorrectly, determine what you need to protect when it comes to IP:
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Corporations are the basic and traditional business entity in this and many other countries. Unless a corporation can qualify for what is called ‘pass through’ treatment by electing to be taxed under a part of the Internal Revenue Code called Subchapter S , a corporation is taxed similarly to the way an individual is taxed. Being subject to the default tax treatment is what makes a corporation a “C Corp;” being able to qualify for pass-through treatment, and actually making an election to do so, makes a corporation an “S Corp.” They are the same type of business entity, taxed differently, and a corporation may be both a C Corp and an S Corp at different times in its existence.
C Corporations pay tax on their net income, just like individuals do. So all revenues are reported each year to the IRS on Form 1120, as are all allowable deductions for business expenses, which may include compensation to employees, payments to
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What Is a Contract?
A contract is a legal agreement between two or more parties. A business contract includes the following:
- Names of all parties
- Contract beginning and end dates
- Payment amounts and schedule
- Steps to take when a party breaks the contract
- Signature with date
Business Contracts: What Are They?
Also known as a contractual business relationship or an agreement, a contract describes expectations for an interaction. It ensures all parties agree to the terms of their relationship.
A contract should include:
- Offer: One party makes the offer, and the other accepts it.
- Exchange: This includes money, goods, and services.
Why Are Contracts Important?
Contracts are essential to protect your business interests. They define boundaries and solutions to any potential problems and
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What are Pro-Rata Rights?
In financial terms, pro-rata rights allow an investor to maintain their portion of ownership in a company when the company takes on new investors.
Company Valuation and Pro-Rata Rights
It is important to understand the role that the valuation of your business has on pro-rata rights for other investors. This is important because the angel or venture capital investor dilutes the shares of other owners. Other owners in early stage businesses are typically the owner (or owners) and friends and family members. Initially your company may look like this:
Owners/Founders - 50 percent equity each; or
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Phantom Stock: What Is It?
Phantom stock is an employee benefit where selected employees receive benefits of stock ownership without the company giving them actual stock. It is worth money just like real stock, and its value rises and falls with the company's actual stock (or what the company is valued at, if it's not a publicly traded company). Employees are paid out profits at the end of a pre-determined length of time.
Also known as shadow stock, simulated stock, or phantom shares, phantom stock is provided as a bonus for hard work and longevity. One form of phantom stock is Stock Appreciation Rights.
There isn't one exact definition of what phantom stock is or how companies use it. The term can apply to any reward that takes time to mature. Usually, the award is for a specific number of units, or phantom shares, that follow the price of the company's actual shares — going up