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Category Archives: Business Services

Category Archives: Business Services

Can You File a Lawsuit Against an Employee for Starting a Competing Business in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania does not have a specific statute regarding “customer poaching,” but there are ways you can protect your business from an employee who uses protected information to establish a competing business. In Erie County, a local barn-door hardware company filed a five-count complaint against its former office manager. The hardware company alleged that the ex-employee […]

IRS Issues Proposed Regulation on a New 20 Percent Deduction for Pass Through Businesses

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a proposed regulation on August 8, 2018 for a new provision know as Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 199A. Section 199A of the IRC allows many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S corporations to deduct twenty-percent of their qualified business income. Please contact us to discuss how […]

Can You File a Lawsuit in Pennsylvania for a Breach of Contract If You Feel You Have Been Defrauded?

When a vendor or service provider fails to deliver goods or services that were paid for and expected, it can be considered a breach of contract. Generally, a breach is not considered to have occurred if there is a legally sound explanation for non-delivery and a refund or favorable remedy was provided. However, matters are […]

What Could Happen If My Small Business Does Not Have a Succession Plan?

Family businesses meant to last forever are best served by having plans in place outlining how the current ownership hopes things will be run in the future. When succession planning and other contingencies are mapped out ahead of time, a family-owned small business can be more easily transitioned when the current ownership retires. In Pennsylvania, […]

2017 Tax Act Limits 1031 Exchanges

IRC Section 1031 provides an exception and allows you to postpone paying tax on the gain if you reinvest the proceeds in similar property as part of a qualifying like-kind exchange.  Gain deferred in a like-kind exchange under IRC Section 1031 is tax-deferred, but it is not tax-free. Prior to enactment of the 2017 Tax […]

Tips for Avoiding Disputes in a Family Business

It’s a fact of life that most families must deal with conflict between loved ones on a regular basis. This conflict can be relatively benign in the context of most family structures, but there can be some real consequences when family members own a business together. To that end, there are some steps family-owned businesses […]

Managing Conflict Within Business Partnerships

A business partnership is like any other close relationship in your life. There may come a time when you do not agree and even experience outright conflict, making it difficult to run the company effectively. Partnership conflicts do not have to impact your business in a negative way. The following are some tips for responding […]

A Will Is Critical When You Own a Business

When you own a business, it’s critically important to have a will to protect your wishes and ensure you have a sound succession plan in case you pass away before you retire or sell the company. With a will, you can specify the individuals you would like to inherit your assets and property, including your […]

Breach of Contract: Approaching a Lawsuit

Large corporations are not the only businesses that may need to address breach of contract issues. Small companies also run the risk of other parties backing out of signed contracts, which can have significantly negative effects. An agreement you enter into with another party can be breached in several different ways. The other parties may […]

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