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Recent U.S. Supreme Court case addresses age discrimination law

Competing in the American business realm is a challenging endeavor. We duly note on our website at the proven Connecticut commercial law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis that company owners and entrepreneurs focused on long-term business viability "know how difficult it is."

Candidly, there is an overwhelming amount of information to routinely digest and respond to. We spotlight on our site a representative listing of potential "business problems" that commercial principals routinely face. Those run a broad gamut from formation and contractual issues to financing, dispute resolution and more.

Implications for Connecticut re Amazon’s second headquarters?

Does a new Amazon headquarters have to be physically located in Connecticut to benefit the state’s economy?

Not hardly, say subject-matter insiders. They flatly stress that the so-called Amazon HQ2 -- the company’s highly publicized second headquarters, with a location expected to be announced soon -- ending up anywhere near Connecticut will have dramatically positive effects on the state’s economy and workforce.

Prenuptial agreements: truth versus myth, Part 2

We noted in a post from last week that some of our readers across Connecticut and elsewhere likely “wince” when the family law topic of prenuptial agreements is breached. That is understandable, given that the subject matter of such contracts relates to topics that arise in the context of divorce.

We also stressed in our October 24 entry, though, that prenups can inspire altered second thoughts and that a “reject-then-reconsider premise is often evidenced in uppercase with marital contracts.”

Do you have a franchise opportunity in the liquor business?

Perhaps you have been looking at franchise opportunities in the wine, beer and spirits industry, and you have been thinking primarily about package stores. What are the rights and obligations of a franchisee, and how do you know what you will be getting?

The franchise contract

Sorting facts from fallacies re prenuptial agreements

We note on our website at the proven Connecticut law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis that our attorneys take "a rational approach to family law."

That implies a certain perspective, of course. Fundamentally, we strive to keep focused on mindful advocacy that always takes account of human feelings and relationships. To be sure, family law matters can sometimes be tough, but that doesn't mean that empathetic lawyers can't remain committed "to civility and firm-but-fair representation" in dealing with them.

How do you protect your created business in a divorce?

Jeff Landers regularly contributes family law articles to Forbes that tilt toward the perspective of divorcing women. His pieces frequently spotlight dissolution-linked issues relevant to financial matters in high-asset decouplings.

Landers’ recent focus on safeguarding business interests in a divorce is no exception. It examines the subject from the standpoint of divorcing women who have created profitable and enduring commercial entities and understandably want to safeguard them in a marital split.

Business resurgence catalyst crystal clear, says economist

It’s not rocket science, implies a noted business economist/commentator in a recent take on national economic trends and demonstrated growth.

It’s actually more like dominoes. Once a positive development is implemented and gains traction, it kickstarts something else that is positive and then, well, you get the picture.

The parental responsibility plan

When a Connecticut couple divorces with minor children, a major part of the divorce proceedings will consist of making appropriate provisions for the children's wellbeing. As part of the divorce, a parental responsibility plan will form part of the final divorce order.

When both parents agree on the contents of the plan, they can submit it to the court for approval. Judges will usually approve plans unless they decide a provision would not be in the best interests of the children. In such a case, they may modify the plan.

Considerations for a business owner contemplating the end game

Entrepreneurs bursting with creative talents and energies are understandably focused upon business creation, not succession. Their thoughts are duly centered on things like organizational structure, optimal entity choice and gaining competitive traction in the business world.

Ultimately, though, there comes a time when such thoughts turn to matters centered more on end-game considerations rather than on an owner’s continued contributions to enterprise success. Company principals turn to proven business law attorneys for input on strategies to extricate themselves from their commercial creations, while simultaneously crafting tenable succession strategies that ensure ongoing entity viability.

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