General Business Law Matters

Estimating the cost of a transaction

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Dollars and sense: cost of legal fees for buying or selling a business

One of my favorite things to do is assist clients in buying and selling businesses.  I feel honored to be involved in such an important business/life decision, especially when the client has worked for many years to build the business to a point where it is ready for sale, or where the purchase of a new company represents a new chapter in the buyer's life.  During the intial meeting, clients always ask how much the fees will be.

Contract, agreement, or document? All of the above!

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Contract, agreement, or document? All of the above!

Sometimes, clients come to me to beef up informal arrangements they have made for business ventures.  Often the parties are friends, and my client doesn't want to scare his or her friend/business partner with a lengthy legal document.  A client will sometimes request "just something showing our agreement, not a formal contract."  The truth is though, these terms are interchangeable.

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Wiping devices clean can be dirty

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Dirty work

Zillow execs who allegedly stole trade secrets from Move, Inc./realtor.com recently claimed in testimony that they only wiped their devices clean of their former employer's confidential information (and installed code to do so) to remove pornography. Do we believe them? Move is seeking $1.77 billion in damages against ZIllow.com and two former Move, Inc. execs in Washington State's King County Superior Court. Zillow has denied the charges, calling them "baseless." Seems to this lawyer that wiping competitor's info from their devices involved some pretty dirty work. . .