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Managing Personal Use of Company Vehicles

Allowing employees personal use of company vehicles is costly. Chiefly, accidents are expensive. But there are other costs to consider too - uninsured costs, lost staff time, lost revenue, and insurance costs. Hedging these costs is possible when the rules are clear. Does your business have a written policy covering how employees may or may [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

Lawsuit Options in Iowa

If you've never been involved in a lawsuit in Iowa, knock on wood or do whatever you do for luck, because whatever it is seems to be working.  Even if you've been in a lawsuit in Iowa, there are recent changes that you should be aware of in case you unluckily find yourself in the [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|Business Law, Litigation, Trial & Mediation|

A Gentleman’s Agreement

"A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on." attributed to Samuel Goldwyn Do you find yourself going a bit too fast in arranging a deal? With emails or phone calls back and forth, many people don’t always get details about the transaction in writing. If this sounds familiar, take a minute to think [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

Tips to Getting Paid As a Subcontractor

NON-PAYMENT IS A THREAT TO MOST SUBCONTRACTORS’ AND SUPPLIERS’ BOTTOM LINES – especially if you are providing labor and supplies for construction projects. Knowing who you can collect from, what tools for recovery are available, and being proactive to minimize disputes, can make a difference. man and woman hand closeup with home keys representing [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Business Law, General Law, Litigation|

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 3rd, 2016|Business Law, Employment Law|

Foreign Investors Available for Iowa Projects

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has announced that it has contracted with a company called CMB to handle investment opportunities by foreign investors for Iowa projects. A government program known as EB-5 allows foreign investors to invest in an American project and immigrate to the U.S. as long as certain criteria are met.  This program [...]

By | February 8th, 2013|Business Law|

To Cash the Check or Not to Cash the Check

Whether you are a seasoned business owner or a relative new-comer, the issue either has or will come up sooner or later.  A customer tenders payment of a sum less then the full amount due and owing for services rendered yet the check is marked "paid in full," "acceptance of this check is payment in [...]

By | January 29th, 2009|Business Law|

Think from the End when Starting a New Business

The best time to make decisions regarding how to exit a business venture is at the beginning, especially if the business is to have more than one owner.  Why?  Because, although this my seem a little cynical, it is in all likelihood precisely the time when the soon-to-be business partners will be most closely aligned [...]

By | July 25th, 2008|Business Law|

Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program

My husband and I are in the early process of purchasing a business. After some searching, a couple hints from a friend and a newspaper article in the Des Moines Register we stumbled on the Targeted Small Business program offered through the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The TSB [...]

By | July 24th, 2008|Business Law|

Debt Collectors Save Us All Money in 2007?

In a national study entitled "Value of Third-Party Debt Collection to the U.S. Economy in 2007:  Survey and Analysis" , which was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and commissioned by ACA International, it was determined that in 2007 the collection industry was able to return $40 billion in bad debt back to large and small businesses that had previously extended [...]

By | June 27th, 2008|Business Law|