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Houston Small Businesses Face Uncertain Futures after Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston with a vengeance, leaving behind overwhelming flooding and destruction. While much focus has rightfully been on families who lost their homes, another concern is the future of small businesses in the Houston area. One news source estimated that 99 percent of companies in the city were… Continued

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What Constitutes a Business Expense?

Taxes are one of the most complicated matters that business owners face. Knowing how your company should be taxed, how to file business taxes, and how to report income on your own taxes are all important decisions that every business owner must make—often with the guidance of a legal professional…. Continued

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Benefits and Drawbacks to Sole Proprietorships

When you start a business, you can organize it several different ways. For example, you may choose to incorporate or form a limited liability company (LLC). One of the seemingly simplest options is to maintain a sole proprietorship, which requires no legal formation at all. In fact, in Texas, all… Continued

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Preparing for Texas Sales Tax Holidays

Texas—like many states—enjoys sales tax holidays. The state legislature sets the dates of these events and they are generally created for a specific class of products subject to the tax exemption. For example, in May 2017, Texans enjoyed an Energy Star sales tax holiday on various energy-efficient appliances. In August… Continued

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Congratulations to Farah Famouri our annual scholarship winner!

The Weisblatt Law Firm appreciates both the value of an education as well as the need to help others. Our annual scholarship aims to help students defray the high costs of a college education and to help their families with tuition expenses. Our 2017 scholarship was a tremendous success! We… Continued

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The Statute of Frauds in Business Contracts

A significant amount of business revolves around contracts. Almost every aspect of business can be governed by an agreement signed by two parties that sets out the terms of the agreement and legally binds the parties to those terms. Contracts can be entered into with other companies, vendors, contractors, clients,… Continued

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Effective Hiring Practices Can Protect Businesses from Liability

A business can be subject to legal liability before it hires its first employee. Equal employment opportunity claims create both civil liability and regulatory complaints, which cost an employer significant amounts of time, energy, and goodwill. By establishing compliant hiring practices before any employee is hired and enforcing these effective… Continued

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Protecting the Legal Claims of a Business

Just like individuals, businesses can incur legal claims. Defamation, outstanding debts, intellectual property, and other claims represent the financial interests of a business. Business owners and board members often have a fiduciary duty to stakeholders to pursue the company’s financial interest in these claims. Failure to pursue these claims can… Continued

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Providing Employment and Labor Law Counseling

A big part of running a business for many owners is hiring and managing good employees. However, along with employees comes the obligation to comply with many different federal and state laws regarding labor and employment. These laws can involve the following and more: Unlawful workplace discrimination Minimum hourly wages… Continued

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Basic Components of a Strong Business Contract

A contract is an agreement between two or more parties that obligates the parties to perform or not to perform certain duties. In order to protect your rights under a contract, certain key components should be included in the contract. Get it in Writing First, while oral contracts are enforceable,… Continued

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