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Entrepreneurs: Pay attention to these legal issues

When you're the owner of your own business, does the work ever end?

Not really. You probably knew that before you ever opened your drawers, however, so it's no surprise. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of the modern legal issues that face the small business owner.

Arizona realtors using security cameras on buyers

Buyers beware: That home security camera might not just be a selling point for the home you're considering for purchase. It could be a tool that the seller's realtor is using to quietly record whatever you say or do while you're viewing the property.

Whether you're conscious of a security camera or not, realtors are advising their buyers to be cautious about what they say while in someone's home. They indicate that using a security camera to record potential buyers is becoming a common trend -- and buyers seldom disclose the tactic.

The legal tripwires of 'influencer' marketing

The big buzz these days in the business world centers around "influencers" and influencer-marketing.

Influencers are simply people who have developed a following on social media for one reason or another. Influencers can be entertaining and often particularly knowledgeable about certain subjects. Most importantly, they have the attention of the consumers that follow them on the social platforms they use. Companies of all sizes have begun to include influencers in their advertising campaigns in order to do some highly-targeted, highly-effective marketing.

What 2 big things can get a realtor sued?

If you're a realtor, there's good news and bad news for you in this article.

The good news is that the housing market is strong and people are buying property again. The bad news is that there's a rise in the number of lawsuits being seen against realtors and brokers.

What benefits could copyright registration have for your company?

From music, to written works, to photos, to videos, there are many types of original creative works that could be very important to your business’ success. So, copyright protection may be critical for your business.

Copyrights protect original works of authorship. This can cover a great many things. All that needs to happen for a qualifying work to enjoy copyright protection is for it to be put into a tangible form. So, a business owner doesn’t have to federally register the copyright of a creative work important to the business for it to be protected.

Immigration audits and your company: Know how to act

In the current political atmosphere, both large and small companies have reason to fear an audit of their employee rosters by the authorities at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Some very well-known companies around the country have already fallen victim to the heightened level of enforcement of the rules -- to their detriment.

Experts are recommending that companies be proactive to head ICE off before you're subject to a random audit -- which can take place with all the abruptness of a raid if ICE has a warrant. That means:

How can tenants minimize problems with landlords over pets?

Pets are a big issue for both landlords and tenants. They can also cause a big problem between one tenant and another tenant if the animal isn't particularly well-behaved.

If you love your pet and want to avoid a problem, this is what you need to keep in mind:

Plan the succession of your family business with care

It's natural for parents to want to pass the fruits of their labors along to their children. Unfortunately, when that includes a family business, it's not always an easy task.

While family businesses are behind almost 80 percent of the new jobs being created, only about half of the owners expect to pass the reins to their children. Far fewer -- about a third -- will actually be successful at doing it. Without a solid plan for transferring the ownership and responsibilities, a business can falter under split leadership or suddenly be directionless.

Essentials of a commercial lease

When it comes to getting what you want in a commercial lease arrangement, the time to act is before you sign. With so many details involved with negotiating a lease, it can be hard to remember all of the points you should cover.

However, missing even one crucial point can increase the likelihood of disputes and litigation down the road. Here is a list of some essential points to cover when writing your lease.

The rules on security deposits in Arizona are expected to tighten

A new bill aimed at closing a big loophole in landlord-renter relationships is likely to pass and be signed into law very quickly in Arizona. That means big changes for renters who had the upper hand in the situation before now.

Under the current law, there was no time limit on a renter to bring a dispute over a security deposit into court. Security deposits are cash guarantees that a renter will leave the property pretty much as he or she found it -- minus reasonable wear and tear.

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