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Trademarks and Business Protection

Operating a business and want to distinguish your goods and services from those of all other companies? You should likely consider filing for a trademark. A trademark or service mark or also simply referred to as a "mark" is a word, name, symbol, device, or even any combination of used to distinguish the goods or [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Regulatory Compliance|

Obtaining and Conducting Business using a DBA

Own a Company but operating your business under a different name than originally used to form the business? Have you registered, filed, or recorded for a Doing Business As, "DBA", or "d/b/a" also known as Trade Name, Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Name? Depending on how your company is organized you will need to file [...]

By | August 3rd, 2017|Business Law|

Joseph W. Rust joins Sullivan & Ward, P.C.

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. would like you to meet our newest attorney! Joseph W. Rust joined Sullivan & Ward, P.C. in the Spring of 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Joe grew up in Tinley Park, IL, attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree and later attended Drake University Law School. We invite you [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Considering an Employment Contract?

You have probably heard many times, a company is only as good as its employees. In Iowa, we are in what is known as an at-will employment state. At-will employment means that if there is no formal agreement in place, generally either the employer or employee can end that relationship at any time for any [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

Amanda James Graduates from West Des Moines Leadership Academy

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Associate, Amanda James, recently graduated from the West Des Moines Leadership Academy (WDMLA). Developed in 2007, WDMLA focuses on developing and enhancing leadership skills of participants while stimulating increased leadership throughout the community. Participants receive 30 hours of leadership training over the course of 9 classes and have the opportunity to [...]

By | June 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Business Break Up: A Look into Buy-Sell Agreements

A FALLING OUT between business owners is usually not a focus of discussion when planning on starting a business. Typically those starting out focus on the next big idea and how their new business will be owned and managed. More times than not, when those initial discussions involve two or more people entering business together, [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

To Sign or Not to Sign

In both business and legal situations, being asked to sign a confidentiality agreement or nondisclosure agreement (NDA) is becoming increasingly common.  Certain information about the company’s business, its finances and its operations needs to be legally protected to ensure the company keeps its competitive advantage.  NDAs are used to protect such sensitive information. What’s an [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law|

Radon – An Invisible Issue

RADON MITIGATION isn’t usually top of mind when builders plan to build a house or when home sellers put out their “For Sale” sign.  It’s not visible or noticeable to the average person, but it’s real and it’s ubiquitous. Iowa is prone to high levels of radon, an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that naturally occurs [...]

Important Terms in Construction Agreements

Construction professionals who understand basic contract terms are less at risk of agreeing to poorly written contracts. By better understanding their own contracts, Contractors can spot where negotiation is possible, make changes to clarify, or add protection. This article highlights potential negotiating points and briefly explains important contract provisions. Scope of Work/ Plans and Specs [...]

By | January 31st, 2017|Business Law, Real Estate|

New Year, New Threats – Cyberattack Concerns

With the most recent election season behind us and cyberattack investigations underway, cyberspace creates a new frontier for applying existing privacy laws. Small businesses are increasingly targeted for cyberattacks and cybersecurity for small businesses is different than in years past when a company only had to worry about protecting desktop computers and locally stored files. [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Business Law, Employment Law, General Law|