What are the elements of a valid business contract in SC?

Contracts are the backbone of our society. They represent promises made and provide recourse to promises broken. People place a lot of value on contracts and rightfully so. However, with the advancement of the Internet and so-called do-it-yourself legal services, any document with the term “Contract” emblazoned on top has taken on some talismanic powers […]

Continue reading…

Forming a Limited Liability Partnership in SC

Starting a business with someone can be an exciting endeavor. Spirits are high and hope springs eternal. Rarely is there a thought about what happens when things don’t go so well. Partnerships are like marriages that way.   Any good business formation lawyer will tell you that the key to a successful partnership is to […]

Continue reading…

Business Advocates Call for Uniform Licensing Law

Should South Carolina have a uniform standard for issuing business licenses? If you are starting a business in South Carolina, there are a number of steps you must take, starting with selecting the right business organization, filing foundational documents with the state, crafting a business plan, and obtaining the necessary business licenses. While this seems […]

Continue reading…

Business Plans in a Nutshell

How can I prepare a business plan? If you’re planning to start a new business in 2017, having a well designed business plan is essential for attracting investors or other sources of capital. Moreover, creating a business plan is an essential first step in launching a new venture. This document establishes what your business does, […]

Continue reading…

Are Customer Lists Trade Secrets?

Many businesses have customer lists that they consider their own private property.  It is common, however, for sales representatives and other employees to regard customer lists as theirs too, something they can take to a new employer. Employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competes, and non-solicitation agreements can all be used to eliminate confusion over whether a […]

Continue reading…

Corporate Bylaws in a Nutshell

What should my business include in its corporate bylaws? One of the key foundational documents for corporations and partnerships are corporate bylaws which establish the rules for the internal operations and governance of the entity. Unlike Articles of Incorporation, bylaws are not filed with the Secretary of State in South Carolina. While the state does […]

Continue reading…

Patheon to take over Roche Carolina facility

Patheon has plans to take over the Roche Carolina Inc. facility, company officials announced today. With U.S. headquarters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park and European headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, the pharmaceutical company signed an agreement to integrate Roche Carolina’s 300,000-square-foot site into the Patheon network. See Full Story here: http://www.scnow.com/news/local/article_7d62fb5a-b590-11e6-b674-0729381db09f.html

Continue reading…

Employment Discrimination Laws In A Nutshell

How can I protect my business from employment discrimination claims? Business owners need to be aware of a variety of state and federal laws, not the least of which are employment discrimination laws. In short, these laws prohibit employers from discriminating against employees and prospective job applicants when making any employment decision, including hiring, firing, […]

Continue reading…