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Top 5 Reasons to have a Partnership Agreement

In Business 101, Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I took a minor hiatus from blogging here for a while. I put up a YouTube video which you can check out here and I appeared on a friend’s two-part blog which you can check out here and here. But this week I am back with some more legal information for you and your business! So let’s jump right in. Today’s topic …

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Quick Copyright Facts

In Copyrights 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Check out my latest video where I discuss the one thing you should understand about copyright protection! If you have questions or want to talk more about copyright issues feel free to send an email to me at And remember, this is not legal advice, just some legal knowledge for you!

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10 Reasons To Register Your Trademark

In Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

I’ve talked about the importance of trademark registration before. I’ve talked about when you should register, and why you should (or maybe shouldn’t) from a purely business perspective, but I don’t think I have ever laid out the exact reasons why registering your trademarks with the USPTO is a great idea if you’re a business owner with a brand worth …

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Top 6 Benefits to Starting Your Business the Legal Way

In Business 101, Contracts 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

I spend the majority of my time counseling budding entrepreneurs about the importance of setting their businesses up the legal way. And I don’t just mean filing your taxes properly so the IRS doesn’t come after you. There is a lot that goes into doing thing the right way, and protecting what it is you’re building. I know the new …

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Social Media: Actually it isn’t the Wild West Part 1

In Copyrights 101, Trademark 101 by Shannon Montgomery

As promised here is the first installment of articles discussing the laws and regulations that apply to social media use and yes, to influencers. Intellectual property (IP) is a huge chunk of my law practice. I spend the majority of my time on trademark prosecution followed by some copyright registration and a lot of IP education. For a background on …

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Influencer Immunity: It doesn’t exist

In Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

I have the pleasure of working with multiple social media influencers. They typically hate that word, but for lack of a better term that is what we are going to use for this article. I think this is going to be the start of a series on what not to do as an influencer, or how to stay out of …

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PSA: When you start a business, there will be scams

In Business Entities by Shannon Montgomery

This post will likely be pretty short but I thought it was important enough to talk about. The reason I say this is because I have a client that calls me pretty regularly to ask me questions about physical mail, or emails they receive saying they owe someone money or filing fees related to their newly set up LLC in …

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Top 4 Legal Considerations in Branding

In Blog by Shannon Montgomery

One of my goals when working with a new business client is to help them approach branding not only from a marketing perspective but from a legal perspective. In fact, the legal aspects of branding are arguably as important if not more important than the marketability of the brand. Because what’s the point of marketing something that isn’t legally protectable? …