So you want to start an esports business during the quarantine. Here's what you need to know – from a business lawyer.

Esports was already a rapidly growing industry before coronavirus shuttered most traditional sports, shifting demand toward online gaming competition. NASCAR is even "replacing" cancelled races with an eNASCAR┬áPro Invitational Series -- televised simulation racing featuring real pro drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin. Nevada and New Jersey sportbooks are … Continue reading So you want to start an esports business during the quarantine. Here's what you need to know – from a business lawyer.

Are you expecting payments under a lease, land contract, or promissory note? It may be time to dust off those documents and call a lawyer.

It is the start of a new month, and uncertainty permeates the economy. Most, if not all businesses, are shuttered, employees laid off or working in a diminished capacity, orders are down, and there is no end in sight. As a business owner, cash flow is understandably on your mind. While the Small Business Administration … Continue reading Are you expecting payments under a lease, land contract, or promissory note? It may be time to dust off those documents and call a lawyer.

5 Legal Tips for Business Owners Weathering the Coronavirus Disruption

There is no doubt you are distracted by this coronavirus outbreak. Constant news alerts, supply shortages, government-mandated closures and cancellations make it all but impossible to also run your business. However, remember that your lawyers are available to assist you. For example, if you have questions about obligations to your employees, insurance coverage questions, contract … Continue reading 5 Legal Tips for Business Owners Weathering the Coronavirus Disruption

What Every Business Owner Must Know About PFAS Contamination

It is the year 2020, and the environmental topic that everyone is talking about is PFAS contamination. But what is PFAS, and more importantly, how does it impact your business? PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a number of industries … Continue reading What Every Business Owner Must Know About PFAS Contamination

3 Common Mistakes that Compromise a Business’s Corporate Protection and Expose Your Personal Assets.

In a previous article on protecting your assets (Part 1), I wrote about the importance of maintaining corporate formalities. Businesses that commingle assets, forgo record keeping, official minutes, and fail to keep their registration with the State of Michigan up to date risk losing their corporate protections. In most cases, the corporate form limits your … Continue reading 3 Common Mistakes that Compromise a Business’s Corporate Protection and Expose Your Personal Assets.

Does Your Business Have a Pre-Nup? The Importance of Planning for Life’s Unexpectancies.

Nobody likes to plan for life's unpleasantries, including divorce. While divorce remains an unfortunate fact of life, proper planning with your business attorney can help protect your business from the unexpected. This is particularly critical where a business has multiple owners, members, or partners. In a recent case out of New York, a company's three … Continue reading Does Your Business Have a Pre-Nup? The Importance of Planning for Life’s Unexpectancies.

The Fortnite Blackout: A Lesson in Licenses and Why Epic Owns Everything and You Own Nothing.

In the past 24 hours, Fortnite was offline. No one could play, stream, compete, or access their account. This was part of an in-game "event" known as the Fortnite Blackout or The End. Can Epic Games do that? What rights do you even have as a player, team owner, or competitor? It all comes down … Continue reading The Fortnite Blackout: A Lesson in Licenses and Why Epic Owns Everything and You Own Nothing.

ESports. So hot right now: Advice from an eSports attorney for players and team owners.

Metro Detroit is uniquely poised to become the next epicenter of a growing industry: competitive video gaming, or simply eSports. An emerging form of entertainment that is particularly popular among the teenage and college-age crowd, eSports had its first major metro Detroit debut this August, when Little Caesars Arena hosted the League of Legends Championship … Continue reading ESports. So hot right now: Advice from an eSports attorney for players and team owners.

Act 198 Tax Abatements: How to Get the Government to Pay for Your Industrial Property Improvements.

Do you want FREE MONEY to invest in your business? While this may sound like a late-night infomercial pitch, the reality is that both local and State governments want to stimulate investment in the community and will provide financial incentives for you to do so. I have previously written about brownfield incentives and how a … Continue reading Act 198 Tax Abatements: How to Get the Government to Pay for Your Industrial Property Improvements.

Into the Fire: Effective Strategies for Litigation Management Before Going to Court

Are you a litigious business owner? Do you copy your attorney on correspondence to a non-paying client or a vendor? Have you ever threatened another business owner with "I'm going to sue you"? Is this something you do as part of your day-to-day business routine? Does your county's local business judge know you by name? … Continue reading Into the Fire: Effective Strategies for Litigation Management Before Going to Court

But Your Honor, He Said a Bad Thing About Me on Facebook: Business Defamation Claims in the Age of Social Media

Special thanks to Dylan Clark for researching and co-authoring this article! Dylan is a rising senior at Michigan State University and will be graduating in 2020. He is studying for the LSATs and plans to attend law school next fall. His interests include corporate and business law. With the overwhelming degree to which the Internet … Continue reading But Your Honor, He Said a Bad Thing About Me on Facebook: Business Defamation Claims in the Age of Social Media

4 Must Have Legal Documents for New Business Owners

Whether you are a one-man computer whiz coding the next blockbuster iPhone app, or a five-employee manufacturer making parts for a Tier 1 auto supplier, you need basic corporate forms to protect your assets and investments. A limited liability company (or LLC) is the preferred way to organize and obtain this protection. Plus, if you … Continue reading 4 Must Have Legal Documents for New Business Owners

Starting a Business? Choose Your Organizational Structure!

Every business owner needs to incorporate. Forget about sole proprietorships or a partnership -- running your business without formally organizing is like driving without insurance: You will be OK so long as you don't get into an accident. But when someone rear-ends you, you will be in dire financial straits regardless of who caused the … Continue reading Starting a Business? Choose Your Organizational Structure!

Don’t Pierce My Corporate Veil, Bro: Avoid Losing Your Corporate Protection

As a new and growing business owner, you read my articles on incorporation and essential corporate documents, and took my advice to heart. You retained an attorney and accountant, drafted and filed the basic forms, and Small Business LLC is up-and-running. However, you are not done -- there are important steps to take for you … Continue reading Don’t Pierce My Corporate Veil, Bro: Avoid Losing Your Corporate Protection

5 Often-Overlooked Essentials When Selling Your Business

You finally got that phone call from the California venture capital firm that wants to buy your  start-up for a couple of million dollars. You are eager to sell and use that money to pursue other projects and passions. The attorneys and accountants have been retained, and the Asset Purchase Agreement has been drafted.  But … Continue reading 5 Often-Overlooked Essentials When Selling Your Business

The Wedding Litigator – Is COVID-19 Costing You Your Special Day?

As I like to tell my wife, I'm never getting married again. One and done. Weddings are not only stressful to plan with all the family drama, various vendors, scheduling, etc., they are notoriously expensive. According to industry data, Metro Detroit weddings cost an average of $35,000, and can easily top $100,000 for some particularly … Continue reading The Wedding Litigator – Is COVID-19 Costing You Your Special Day?