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With the end of the year comes New Year’s resolutions. This time around, in addition to the gym membership or commitment to staying in touch with friends, consider taking some proactive measures to set your business up for success in the New Year.

Here are three important things you can do right now to help ensure 2020 is a prosperous year for you and your company.... Read more


To make sure the holiday season remains the most wonderful time of the year, it’s key to remember that you may be liable when throwing an office party.

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s almost time for the annual office party: a time of cheer, of celebration and … of possible legal pitfalls. Taking a few proactive steps can go a long way in... Read more


As society progresses, we start to see that certain traditions surrounding weddings and marriage are less necessary than previously thought. A woman can choose to take her husband’s name, or keep hers; a man doesn’t have to ask for permission to propose to the love of his life – and of course, a marriage may not have a man or woman at all.

Joint bank accounts are... Read more


In addition to the romance and excitement of getting married, there are also legal steps to go through. Not everybody chooses to change their last name after the wedding, but for some women it’s the final step to becoming a family unit.

There are options for this situation – some people choose to hyphenate, some use their maiden name professionally and married name... Read more


While it might not be something people enjoy thinking about, estate planning is an important thing to consider, especially if you’re looking to take care of certain family members and other loved ones. Marriage is a good time to make updates to a will or living trust – or create a new estate plan if you don’t already have one. In some cases, getting married will result in... Read more


Where Does AI Fit into the Customer Experience? How Businesses Can Use the Iron Man Approach to Make the most of People and AI. LegalZoom’s Chief Customer Officer, Ed Arcinue Explains.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are no longer buzzwords—they’re real, tangible tools that businesses can use to work smarter and more efficiently. Even businesses that... Read more


PASSING AWAY WITHOUT AN estate plan is a huge mistake that can tie up your estate for years in probate. Yet, many people fail to create a will, living trust and other key financial instructions.

"If you don't have an estate plan, instead of people knowing what you want, you force people to guess," says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at LegalZoom, an online company... Read more


Why can’t products be designed with consumer privacy in mind? A recent controversy surrounding FaceApp collecting its users’ images has brought to light several data privacy issues. We only need to look at FB terms and conditions agreement to see that consumers are signing away rights to their personal information. The fact that the designed product, Facebook, doesn’t have... Read more


It’s easy to dismiss the super savers who embrace the FIRE movement as starry-eyed dreamers or cultish extremists. Financial Independence, Retire Early followers—many of whom are millennials who consider working 9 to 5 to be drudgery—often save 50% to 70% of their annual income with the goal of retiring in 10 to 15 years. The aggressive “Lean FIRE” savers share tips online... Read more


Drake Pooley is standing in the middle of his Williamsburg apartment, surrounded by tiny bottles of shampoo, body wash and lotion.

Collected from his weekly work trips, he can tell you which hotel chain offers each beauty brand, and the benefits of the Hilton’s Crabtree & Evelyn soaps compared to, say, the Bliss products stocked at W hotels.

If you’re... Read more


NEW YORK, June 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starting a small business means you are the boss. The independence that brings is enticing, but it also means that you make all the decisions. How do you navigate challenging issues and the unknowns that come with starting a company? Without the right guidance and resources, the process can become overwhelming.

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If you work as a freelancer — even if it’s from home, in your PJs — you’re an entrepreneur. After all, on some level at least, you’re running your own business. And if you do it for long enough, you may want to consider creating an actual company — either an LLC or an S-Corporation — for that business. Doing so is “literally forming a separate entity [under] which to... Read more


A recent New York Times Opinion piece, “Everyone Needs Legal Help. That Doesn’t Mean Everyone Needs a Lawyer” spotlights Rebecca Sandefur, a sociologist whose career has focused on studying lawyers. The “genius” MacArthur fellowship she received for her work is evidence that one need not have a law license to opine meaningfully about the legal profession/industry.

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LegalZoom general counsel Chas Rampenthal discusses HR issues, including why employee handbooks are important and how to avoid opening your business up to lawsuites.

Whether it is not providing an employee handbook, taking the proper precautions to protect employees' personal data, or following proper protocol during the hiring and firing processes, businesses that ... Read more


With unemployment rates at a record low in the United States, 2018 saw one of the most competitive hiring landscapes in decades. Jobs continue to be added to the landscape at a staggering pace, and more and more Americans are leaving their current job for greener pastures. In fact, employees are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate since 2001.

In a market that... Read more

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