Business Law

Q&A: Limited Liability Protection

by Jason Yarashes Q: Can I lose the limited liability protection afforded by my LLC or corporation? A: Yes. The primary way that owners, shareholders, and members of business organizations can become personally liable for company debts in the event...

Q&A: IRA Beneficiary Designations

by Ted Simpson Q:  Who should I name as the beneficiary of my IRA? A:  Proper designation of your IRA beneficiary is a very important part of your estate plan. If done incorrectly, your heirs may have to pay significantly more...

Q&A: Wellness Programs for Employers

by Aaron Bals Q: What should I keep in mind when revamping my company’s wellness program? A: In 2014, federal health reform will require wellness programs to meet new guidelines. The requirements vary depending on whether your wellness program is...

Oregonians Pay Price for Deeply Flawed PERS

William Gary’s (an attorney & shareholder) opinion piece to the Eugene Register-Guard.  

Q&A: Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program

by John Witherspoon Q: With interest rates continuing at near-historical lows, are there long-term financing options for real estate I should be considering? A: Particularly for privately-held business owners, loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) are worth considering....

Closely-Held Business Potential Scam Alert: Annual Notification by Corporate Records Service – “Notice of 2013 Annual Minutes Form” Scam

POTENTIAL SCAM ALERT: Annual Notification by Corporate Records Service – “Notice of 2013 Annual Minutes Form” Scam The Oregon Secretary of State recently published a notice that it has received numerous complaints of a potential scam aimed at Oregon business...

Q&A: Real Estate Investment Holdings

by Randy Duncan Q: Why should I hold my investment real estate in an LLC rather than in my own name or in a corporation? A: The limited liability company (“LLC”) has become a familiar vehicle for ownership of investment...

Closely-Held Business News: Businesses May Have New Recourse in Cyber Fraud Cases

Businesses May Have New Recourse in Cyber Fraud Cases by Jason Yarashes A recent ruling by a federal appeals court in favor of a business over a bank in a cyber fraud case underscores two critical points for closely-held businesses....

Q&A: Social and Environmental Responsibility

by Jason Yarashes Q: I want social and environmental responsibility to be a primary consideration for my business. Can I address this goal during entity formation? A: Current Oregon law permits owners to embed these goals into a business’s governing...

Q&A: Trade Secret Laws

by John Rake Q: How should I protect my businesses’ innovations that are not patentable? A: Trade secret laws protect a broader category of subject matter than patent laws. Trade secret laws protect any information that provides economic value to...