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How's your Legal? An Interview with Skillcrush CEO, Adda Birnir

Feb 23, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Valerie Pinkerton posted in Entrepreneurship, Featured Tech

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“It just brings down all that friction, and when the friction’s gone, I can just do the work I need to do.”

- Adda Birnir, CEO and founder of Skillcrush, on working with Priori Legal.

 

 

I am the customer community manager here at Priori Legal, and I love reducing the barriers startups face to accessing excellent legal counsel. I will be speaking with some of the incredible entrepreneurs we have paired with attorneys in our network. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Adda Birnir, the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, about her experience with Priori.

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Environmental Law: Regulations Every Business Should Know

Feb 20, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte

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When starting your business, there is a long checklist of tasks that you need to complete before opening your doors. After choosing the proper business entity form, registering your business, obtaining your federal tax identification number and determining your state tax obligations, you’ll need to consider what federal and state licenses and permits your business needs. 

Among these necessary licenses and permits are those that will ensure you are in compliance with federal environmental regulations. From substances regulated under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, the alphabet soup of environmental law can be overwhelming! 

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The Most Talked About Legal Issues of 2014

Feb 19, 2015 3:51:51 PM / by Vincent DiForte posted in small business, Laws & Cases, Legal Industry

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As an owner of any business, large or small, you need to be aware and compliant with your legal rights and responsibilities.  The United States follows the common law system, which means the law is constantly evolving with judicial decisions.  Consequently, your business model and strategy will most likely be affected at some point by a change in the law. Below, we’ve listed the five most need-to-know legal issues of 2014.

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The H-1B Lottery 2016: What To Expect?

Feb 17, 2015 3:55:00 PM / by Elizaveta "Lisa" Eisenberg, Esq. posted in From Our Network

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This time of year, many American companies are getting ready to submit H-1B petitions which, if approved, will allow them to employ foreign professionals starting October 1 2015 (the beginning of the fiscal year 2016).  Some companies seek to sponsor foreign graduates of U.S. universities, while others want to bring new workers from abroad. In this blog post, I will answer questions about the so-called “H-1B Lottery” that I hear most frequently from my corporate clients.

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Startup for What?! Legal Entities for New Businesses

Feb 13, 2015 2:37:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte posted in Entrepreneurship, legal basics

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When starting your business, one of the first things you need to do is choose the appropriate business form.  Establishing a separate entity for your business creates a legal distinction between you, the founder as an individual, and your business. 

It allows the business itself to issue shares to co-founders, own intellectual property rights, hire employees, enter into contracts, and perhaps most importantly shield the owner from personal liability for the debts of the business. 

Based on the specific requirements of your business, a lawyer can help you make a decision on which entity is best suited to your needs. Below we breakdown some of the most common entity formations and discuss which form may be right for your business.

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Protect Your Startup: The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Business Insurance

Feb 9, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Carl Niedbala posted in legal basics, Business Insurance

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Buying business insurance for a startup can be a daunting task. The commercial insurance market is fragmented and finding a broker that understands the startup community can be difficult.

Here is a short list of “do’s” and don’ts” for buying business insurance to help make the process as stress-free as possible:

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Starting a Business in New York: The Licensing Requirements

Feb 6, 2015 3:15:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte posted in NYC, Entrepreneurship, startups, freelance, small business legal advice, permits

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Starting your own business can be a fulfilling and rewarding endeavor, but it also comes with administrative and legal hassles. Apart from correctly incorporating your business, hiring employees, protecting intellectual property and developing marketing, there are a number of logistical considerations you must also address to begin conducting business.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Non-Compete Agreements

Feb 4, 2015 11:00:00 AM / by Vincent DiForte posted in legal basics, startups, Non compete agreements

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As a business owner in today’s market, you’ll face serious and heavy competition from other players. The competition likely extends beyond products or services to talent, and in some cases, business-partners as well.

Losing top talent in your organization can be a huge hit, and losing them to a competitor will compound it. One way to protect your business from providing the benefit of your years of investment in an employee, and more importantly, any knowledge of sensitive information to competitors is having employees sign a non-compete agreement.

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Need to Raise Money? The Legal Formalities You Need BEFORE You Fundraise

Feb 2, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte posted in small business, Entrepreneurship, legal basics, startups, company formation, Fundraise, bootstrapping

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It’s time to raise your first round. Maybe you’ve been bootstrapping for a while or you’ve been relying on the funds (and goodwill) of friends and family. Either way—as you’re thinking about raising your first round in 2015, make sure you get your legal house in order first.

We’ve compiled a list of a few essential legal formalities you should have ready before you hit the market for funding.

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Webinar: How to Raise Your First Million

Jan 30, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Leyda Hernandez posted in Entrepreneurship, legal basics

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You've been bootstrapping your company for months. You know you have a great idea, but you're out of runway unless you raise money. Figuring out where to begin can be confusing and daunting, so what comes next?

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