Thursday, July 31, 2014

Domain Names are they considered your Property or not?

Who Owns the Domain Name to your website?
Do you have a website? Chances are you probably do. Do you own the domain name? Some of you are probably saying "of course" a few of you might be saying... "uh no its not under my name". Is it under your business name? Chances are its not. Well, you might want to get thinking on this because your clients, for the most part, know you by your domain name. Most clients, especially those that are repeats and like to recommend your services to others, are often giving out this very important, key piece of your company information. So whats the problem with not owning the domain name under your name, or the company name? Well, that's a good question. You should know that as long as you continue to renew the purchase of your domain name it cannot be assigned to anyone else, thanks to the WHOIS database. This database works with sites like GoDaddy and other domain name sellers to make sure there is a broad database tracking and logging these purchases so they cannot be duplicated. So in that sense your safe. But, now its the more complex part. Who technically owns the domain names through the company you purchased it from? Is it your web developer? Is it an employee who addresses the issues of the website? Does it have the company assigned as the owner? These are important things to consider especially if you're not sure who owns the name. You might be thinking so what... Well, what happens if one day you wake up and see your web developer didn't make the adjustments to the site that you had requested and you decide to not work with him any longer. Good decision, but what if he owns the domain name? Now you have to wonder "does he get to walk away with that?" Can he, in a sense, force me to pay him money for it? Well, this is grey territory that the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and the Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure address. But are you really going to wait to have them take a look at the situation and have all the costs and uncertainties of how things will go continue to pile up, by the time things are figured out? Why not just take a look, right now, at who owns your domain name, and if its not you, your company or a very trusted officer of the company, then make that change. Protect your domain name, it might not be as tangibly valuable as the products you sell or the services you provide, but its certainly a key piece of your business.

The Legal Eagles Inc.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Starting a Start Up!

Everyone wonders how to start a business. Like many start up businesses you start out thinking is this a good business to start? Will I make it through the years.

Stop that doubt. You can grow your business you can make it successful. The main element you must focus on is your businesses success.

Start out with a plan, know your business and make it a success. A business is like a baby (we know this sounds weird) but it has its ups and downs, its tough moments and wonderful moments. All it takes is patience and your business will thrive.

Simple steps to start a new business include:

- The first step will be to know what type of business you want to start.

- The second step research the industry. You need to know what you're getting yourself into and how to structure your business effectively

- The third step is to learn your state laws know who you can employ, and how much you have to pay your employees.

- Fourth step start your business. File all your needed documents that make you a legally operating business, register your Fictitious Business Name, Incorporation, or LLC.

A simple plan and the right guidance will get you through this process, and will help you structure your business for ultimate success.

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The Legal Eagles Inc.

AB10 - California Minimum Wage Increase To $9 per hour

Did you know that the next wave of AB10 changes have begun to take effect as of July 1st? As of this date all California employers, no matter the industry, must increase their minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. Another increase will be allotted to $10 per hour by January 1st of 2016. This increase is significant and doesn’t only affect your hourly employees. The increase impacts exempt employees as well. In the state of California exempt employees must earn a salary rate of at least 2 times the state minimum wage. With the hourly rate increased to $9.00 per hour this means that salaries have to be at least $3,120.00 per month to qualify for the exemption. This is significant information for employers because if they do not comply on both counts they can be sanctioned by the Labor Board. If this should happen you will likely be ordered to pay your employee the difference you owe them as well as penalties for not complying with the Labor Laws. Your employee can also sue you in court for loss of wages, and the difference you owe them. This can cause you more hassle and unneeded stress. So take a look at your books and make sure your salary and hourly pay rates are up to date and accurate. The last thing you want to do is end up in court. 

The Legal Eagles Inc.