Start Up | Lawyer Up – What Is A Sole Proprietorship? (And Is It Worth It?)

Today's episode of Start Up | Lawyer Up is the first in a series of videos that we will be posting discussing the major different entity types you can choose from in forming a business (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, and corporation).  In our first video, we are discussing Sole Proprietorship and the benefits and detriments to utilizing this form of a business.  We hope that you enjoy the video! If you have any legal needs for your business or estate planning, please do not hesitate to contact Nowakowski Legal PLLC to schedule a free consultation. Thank you ...
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Start Up | Lawyer Up – What to Do Before Forming a Business

Nowakowski Legal PLLC is proud to present the first in our new series of YouTube videos titled "Start Up | Lawyer Up."  Every few weeks, we will be posting a new video discussing a different business law topic that many entrepreneurs face with their new or established businesses.  This first episode discussed several items new entrepreneurs should take in to consideration before they actually create their business; the perfect companion to this video is the Business Start Up Guide available on the home page of Nowakowski Legal PLLC. While these videos are intended to be a helpful resource f...
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The Difference Between Having a Will, a Trust and Nothing at All

Estate planning is never something that anybody looks forward to.  However, it is important that we all take in to consideration what will occur with our assets upon our passing.  Otherwise, there is a good chance that our loved ones will be left with the confusing task of dealing with the probate system, trying to determine who gets what, and potentially being forced to rely upon statutory rules as to the dispersal of your estate. Unless you are comfortable with simply allowing the State to direct how your assets are split up upon your death, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney as to...
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Happy New Years!

From all of us at Nowakowski Legal PLLC, we hope you have a happy and prosperous 2017! Should you have any legal needs in to the New Year, do not hesitate to contact us for your business law, estate planning, or general legal practice needs! Contact Nowakowski Legal PLLC if you wish to set up a free consultation!    
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you or your family has any business law or estate planning legal issues in the upcoming new year, please be sure to contact Nowakowski Legal PLLC; we are happy to provide a free consultation to see how we can best assist you. Contact Us! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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IP Assignment and Licensing

While speaking with a colleague of mine a few weeks ago, he asked me if I knew how to assign a patent from his name in to his company.  In going over the details with him, he explained that he had originally patented his product in his own name, then later created his company, and is now seeking a way to acquire investors for his (patented) product.  The obvious problem is that so long as the patented product is registered in his name and not his company's, his company does not itself hold any rights to the patent and is therefore devoid of any value relating to the patent. In order to entice ...
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Investment Agreement: Debt vs. Equity

After months of attending events, throwing out pitches, and courting potential champions, you've finally found an investor interested in helping you to elevate your start-up or growing business to the next level.  Your satisfied with the amount of money that they are offering, but what do they want in return?  As an attorney, I always tell my clients to understand the contract before you sign your company's name to it.  At the very least, you should personally read through the contract to acquire a general understanding of the terms and conditions; more advisable, hire an attorney to review th...
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Officially Open For Business

Well, technically yesterday was the first day that Nowakowski Legal PLLC was officially open for business, but it turns out that getting set up in an office is much more time consuming than one might think.  Yesterday was all about getting organized and situated in our new location (500 Yale Ave. N. Suite 100 Seattle WA 98109) and now we can start putting the focus on acquiring and serving our clients!  So if you (or anyone you know) have any legal issues surrounding business law, estate planning, or just a general legal question, contact Nowakowski Legal PLLC today for a free consultation. N...
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Happy Thanksgiving From Nowakowski Legal PLLC

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful to everyone that has helped Nowakowski Legal PLLC to become a reality.  In just a few short days, Nowakowski Legal PLLC will be officially opening its doors.  If you or anyone you know needs legal assistance with their business, estate planning, or just in general, please be sure to direct them to our office. Thank you all again and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
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