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Is the time right to act on your entrepreneurial dream?

A national business article from last week makes a number of interesting points. Its most notable takeaway is perhaps its stressed observation that, “There’s never been a better time to be a small business owner.”

If you’re an entrepreneurial spirit in Connecticut or elsewhere with spark and energies to match, hearing that might just get those creative juices flowing.

Why might I need to do a title search and secure title insurance?

You’re eyeing a home and surrounding yard that looks just perfect for your Connecticut family. Financing seems a certainty, and on attractive terms. You’ve got the requisite down payment.

Is there anything else you need to be considering?

Title search and title insurances issues relevant to a home

A full-service real estate attorney can provide seamless and comprehensive service for a Connecticut home buyer, who obviously seeks comfort concerning a major life investment.

Buying a home entails many concerns. Proven legal counsel is uniquely well placed to offer input on relevant forms and documentation (especially boilerplate realtor purchase agreements, which can be incomplete and/or otherwise inadequate in many respects). An experienced real estate lawyer can examine a property for defects and other potentially problematic conditions.

Your company's business plan: a unique and tailored document

Whether it ends up being a couple handwritten pages in a spiral notebook or a thick tome replete with charts and detailed financial analysis, it's your business plan. Take pride in it.

No two business plans in Connecticut or anywhere else in the United States are the same, of course. A commercial enterprise is a distinct animal that takes shape based on unique considerations operative across a host of factors. Even the business plans of similarly sized competitors in the same locale and commercial sphere will have a markedly different look and feel to them.

3 ways to spot a fake ID

It is not uncommon for minors under the age of 21 to circumvent the laws and obstacles intended to keep them from alcohol. High school and college students have long concocted schemes to get their hands on liquor and beer despite laws preventing this. An establishment that sells alcohol to a minor can lose its liquor license, and employees can be criminally liable, too.

One of the most common ways for minors to seek out alcohol is using a counterfeit identification. Fake IDs are often easy to spot for professionals in the industry, but sometimes these cards are more difficult to detect. Consider the following telltale signs that an identification card may not be legitimate.

American women and the so-called “divorce gap”

The above-cited reference to a “divorce gap” in today’s blog headline sounds as though it might reasonably be a bit ominous from the female perspective, doesn’t it?

To the degree to which it materializes in a given divorce, it surely is. That term -- coined in an oft-noted university study from a decade ago -- conveys stark inequity in divorce results for women generally. It posits that divorcing females typically suffer a 20%-plus loss in income following a marital split. Research relevant to males, conversely, shows their post-divorce income rising by approximately 33%.

Papa John’s turmoil now features poison pill defense strategy

The term “poison pill” is certainly evocative, isn’t it? In fact, it invites immediate speculation as to its meaning and the context to which it applies.

A James Bond movie, perhaps? A classic Cold-War espionage thriller?

Noted tensions on display for one iconic franchising model

If the hat you wear as a commercial principal is marked either “franchisor” or “franchisee,” you obviously covet smooth company-local operator interactions in your business relationship.

Candidly, you don’t want to be associated with a franchise that is fraught with tensions and summary changes that impact adversely on the bottom line.

What is the role of the HOA in a planned living community?

We discussed common-interest communities in a recent Berdon, Young & Margolis blog post. We underscored in our July 24 entry the key role played by homeowners associations in governing such living arrangements.

That post noted that HOA boards “are often a unit owner’s best friend and occasional nemesis.” We address why that is the case in today’s blog offering.

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