That being said, it’d be almost impossible for me to outline every service I can perform for you. If you’re not quite sure what kind of help you need, let’s schedule some time to sit down and talk about your situation and I can help guide you to the right resource (even if it’s something outside of my purview).
Here are a few of the most common things I help businesses and non-profits with:
Setup and Creation, Contracts, and Employment Law
Thrill, excitement, gut-wrenching terror: just a few of the core emotions you’ll face starting your own business. On the upside, you get to be your own boss. The problem is, you’re also the boss now. When, where, and how to work – as well as what to work on are now all decisions you’ll need to make.
Somewhere between the initial spark of creation and picking out your office furniture, you should chat with a lawyer who can help you decide which type of business entity should be formed.
The practical difference between partnerships, LLCs, Corporations, and Public Benefit Corporations can make a significant difference in how you proceed with your business. Legally speaking, the main difference between most other business entities and a non-profit is submitting a Form 1023 to the IRS to accept, which will exempt the non-profit from certain taxes. Having a knowledgeable guide to entity formation and non-profit creation can be a timesaver.
Following the right protocols with whatever entity you choose can be just as important as the choice itself – a lawyer can help you make the right decisions, show you the correct steps, and ensure your business will shield you from liability.
The easiest way to avoid trouble is to have help to create approachable, enforceable contracts to get you paid. Contracts also outline your responsibilities while selling a product or service and help prevent and resolve disputes.
Even if your business is already in full swing, I might be able to help you resolve a problem or two – contact me to see how I can add to your success.
Copyright registrations are one of the best and most affordable investments creators can make to protect creative works. Depending on your situation, protection under copyright will last a minimum of 95 years, and in some cases quite a bit more.
Copyright registration carries a fee for the United States Copyright Office as well as some complex paperwork that can be tricky to get right. Most common registrations (books, music, and movies) have a fee of less than $100. Complex registrations (like boat hull designs) can range up to the maximum fee of $400. Getting the paperwork wrong can cost you your time, the copyright, AND your fee (you’ll have to start over).
The great news is, I only charge $400 on top of the registration fee (typically $100) to help you complete the copyright registration process. The registration fee portion goes straight to the United States Copyright Office. The amount I charge is the cost for my time to make sure the registration is complete, has no errors, and all appropriate research is done prior to submission.
For a grand total of $500, you can have a 95-year government-granted monopoly on your work and how it’s distributed. I also draft licenses to allow you to buy and sell copyrights, as well as consulting with you on the viability of litigation around the copyrights you own.
You deserve the opportunity to profit and prosper from the work you create. If you’re interested in getting help to protect that opportunity, contact me. Even if you think you can’t afford it, legal assistance is available – through Colorado Attorneys for the Arts, I provide pro bono assistance to certain limited-income artists and creative entities.
Estate planning is not just about what happens during and after your death. Estate planning includes the documentation covering the possibility of disability when you might be unable to make decisions for yourself. Lawyers call these powers of attorney – they ensure medical decisions are made, as well as financial decisions, and are a key part of estate planning.
The documents we create during estate planning are designed to limit issues for you and your loved ones – in a very real way, these documents are created for your family.
From powers of attorney to wills, trusts, and more, having a trusted advisor to guide you through the process is critical. Contact me today to start the conversation.