The Problem with DIY Wills

You’re out shopping at one those big box stores and you see a brightly colored display advertising the latest software for do-it-yourself wills and estate planning. Or maybe you’re online, reading about what a trust is and why you might need one, when a banner ad or...

Due Diligence: Why Business Owners Need to Do Background Checks

Here’s a familiar scenario: You’re looking to expand your team, so you post job ads online and spend a few weeks doing interviews. You find a few candidates who are perfect for the positions you need to fill. Now here comes the hard part: Do you run a thorough (and...

Billion-Dollar Verdict Underscores Need for Estate Plan

Last month, a Dallas jury ordered JPMorgan Chase & Co. to pay more than $4 billion in damages for mishandling the estate of a former American Airlines executive. While an appeal will likely knock that judgment down a bit, the verdict underscores a vital need for...

Top 10 Business Law Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) – Part 2

In my last blog post, we looked at common mistakes business owners make in failing to protect themselves. Many people make these errors early on, failing to recognize how they need to (legally) separate themselves from the work they do. In this second half of the...

Top 10 Business Law Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) – Part 1

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak in front of business owners at a conference in North Texas. As I prepared, I began to think about the different business law cases I’ve handled and some of the most common mistakes I’ve seen from business owners during my...