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Mar

13

Pandemics and Force Majeure by J. Drew Zimmer

We’ve all read through the Acts of God clauses in our contracts and thought “this will never happen to me.” How important is that Force Majeure provision in your contract? Here are a couple Force Majeure clauses I’ve run across recently: “Neither Party will be deemed in breach of its obligations hereunder if performance hereunder […]

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Mar

12

FLSA and Your COVID-19 Work from Home Policy by Gaylord Gardner

How to Ensure That Your COVID-19 Work from Home Policy Complies with the FLSA for Non-Exempt Employees Due to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus also referred to as COVID-19, many employers are considering emergency work from home policies that allow employees to work from home in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 […]

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Mar

7

Tornadoes and Coronavirus: What to Do During an Unexpected Medical Crisis by Gloria D. Crawford

With the first confirmed case of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Williamson County and the tornado in Nashville on Tuesday morning, Middle Tennesseans are experiencing unexpected and critical medical crises. These issues can look like a variety of situations including: sudden visits to the emergency room, evictions from a newly condemned property, or having to shut down […]

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Feb

26

Small Business Reorganization Act Expands Bankruptcy Relief

Bankruptcy can offer enormous relief to businesses struggling to stay afloat. Business bankruptcy filings are generally either a complete liquidation as a Chapter 7 filing, or a reorganization as a Chapter 11 filing. Sole proprietorships may be eligible for a Chapter 13 filing. Previously, there was a grey area of relief options available for those […]

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Feb

7

What to Expect During Your Initial Consultation

      At Lodestone Legal Group, we understand that many of our clients have never been to an attorney before, so we are happy to provide a free initial consultation for most of our practice areas. There is a common misconception that initial consultations will provide a solution to your legal needs. This is […]

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Jan

7

California Consumer Privacy Act

    The California Consumer Privacy Act – What is it? A lot of articles have been circulating regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) which went into effect on January 1, 2020 creating new protections for Californians’ consumer data.   This new law has led to a lot of client questions regarding the CCPA.  What […]

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Dec

27

New Year and the New Law that May Affect Your Estate Plan

President Trump recently signed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (the SECURE Act) which goes into effect on January 1, 2020. This new legislation affects most people saving for retirement as well as certain beneficiaries who inherit a retirement account. While not an exhaustive review of the SECURE Act, the following are […]

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Jul

3

The Only Three U.S. Patents

In the United States, there are three different types of patent grants: a utility patent; a design patent; and a plant patent. A utility patent may be granted for the invention or discovery of any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture or chemical composition, or for any new and useful improvement of such. […]

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Jan

15

How to Create and Maintain Corporate Minutes

So, you formed a corporation in order to protect your assets. You researched how corporations work and the liability protection they provide. After your thorough investigation, you decided that your business needed the shield provided by a corporation. Now what? The decision to incorporate your business was a smart decision. Owning a corporation protects your […]

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Jan

13

Commercial Lease Litigation Update

Litigation Update – New case from Tennessee Supreme Court holds individual liable for personal guarantee in commercial lease. It is not uncommon for a commercial landlord to require a personal guarantee on the lease for a commercial tenant, especially for young businesses and start-ups. The courts in Tennessee have been wrestling with the issue of personal guarantees […]

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Jan

13

Understanding Probate Basics in Tennessee

The term probate, as it is used commonly today, refers to the court supervised process of transferring property from a deceased person’s estate to the individual or entity that is legally entitled to receive it.  State law governs how the probate process is handled, and the laws can vary greatly from state to state.  This […]

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Jan

8

More Encouragement for Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Starting Your Business

In a recent posting on Jumpstart Foundry’s website, Chris Sloan highlights some legal pitfalls that new businesses should avoid.  While Jumpstart Foundry tends to focus on emerging technologies and the inevitable VC-funding (Venture Capitalist) that that arena tends to attract, Sloan, an attorney does bring up interesting points for any business to consider: 1) Protecting the […]

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