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Business litigation may be necessary after filing insurance claim

One of the worst things that can happen to you as a Massachusetts business owner is to watch a destructive event occur on your property. Unfortunately, theft, an accident or a fire can occur at any time, in which case you can file a claim with your insurance company. Here is a glimpse at how to go about the claims process and what your options are -- for example, business litigation -- should you encounter issues during this process.

Detailed employee handbook can help to avoid business litigation

It is critical that businesses throughout Massachusetts communicate their policies and vision clearly. This is why your business needs solid employee manuals, handbooks and training materials. Hiring an attorney to guide you in developing these materials can help you to avoid unwanted business litigation down the road.

Cryptocurrencies must be addressed in estate planning, too

During the past year, cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, have created massive wealth for investors who trade them. Unfortunately, many of these investors in Massachusetts and elsewhere have not thought seriously about estate planning for these assets. Here is a glimpse at how to handle cryptocurrencies in estate planning.

Dealing with division of foreign assets during divorce process

The dissolution of a marriage in Massachusetts can understandably be complicated from a financial standpoint, especially if you have several assets or have many high-value assets. If you and your future ex-spouse have real estate and other assets in foreign countries, this complicates matters even more. Here is a glimpse at what you need to do if you have foreign assets to divide during the divorce process.

Bad faith insurance dispute may not require business litigation

You naturally trust insurance companies to come through for you when you need them the most in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, sometimes, insurance companies engage in bad faith practices involving insurance claims such as liability or property claims. However, if you are a business owner, business litigation is not your only option for addressing this issue. Likewise, if you are an individual, you may not necessarily have to fight a lawsuit to seek justice. Instead, you may be able to take advantage of advocation, arbitration or mediation with the help of an attorney.

Estate planning for real estate purchase in another state

If you are like many other people in Massachusetts, chances are that you have given more attention to planning an upcoming vacation than to planning your estate. However, estate planning is especially critical if you have completed a residential or commercial real estate purchase in another state outside of Massachusetts. Setting up a revocable living trust is a wise solution for addressing the estate and legal issues that can crop up when you have property in multiple states.

Business litigation may result from violation of banking laws

Remaining cutting edge in the area of technology is critical in any industry, including in banking. For this reason, mobile and online banking are staples at just about all banking institutions in Massachusetts and elsewhere today. The question that many customers have, however, is how do commercial financial and banking laws apply to them? Banks that have not figured this out can easily find themselves becoming the subjects of business litigation.

Non-compete contract dispute may occur between employer, worker

Employers in Massachusetts are understandably concerned about their workers leaving their companies and taking their valuable knowledge or skills with them to competing businesses. This is why company owners often require their employees to place their signatures on non-compete agreements. Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is wise for you to understand how these agreements work in the event that a contract dispute in this area occurs.

Commercial real estate land use/zoning real estate disputes

You take pride in owning your own business, but sudden legal hiccups can easily derail your confidence as an entrepreneur. This is particular true when it comes to commercial real estate land use/zoning real estate disputes. Here is a look at what you can expect if your business property's land is being subjected to a zoning change in Massachusetts.

Commercial real estate remains popular among investors

The economy remains on an upward swing throughout the United States, including in Massachusetts, and with that comes a robust property market. This is particularly true for commercial real estate. It is excellent news for those who are interested in engaging in commercial property buying and selling this fall.

Divorce can be challenging for kids to understand or accept

When adults get divorced, they are not the only ones impacted by the family change. The children are also impacted in a profound way. However, a few tips may help divorcing parents in Massachusetts to make the transition that comes with divorce much easier for their children.

Owner of hospitals files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

A health care company in another state recently decided to make a major move to address its monetary issues. It decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Companies in Massachusetts that are having a hard time staying afloat financially can do so likewise to regain their financial footing.

Disputing a trademark infringement

As a business owner, one of the most stressful experiences you can have is to be sued for trademark infringement. Fortunately, if you are experiencing this type of business formation and planning employment litigation, you do not have to navigate the experience alone. An attorney can help to defend you against a trademark infringement action in Massachusetts.

Getting divorced from your business partner

Every divorce comes with its own unique challenges. In your case, your problem may be determining what to do if your soon-to-be ex-spouse also happens to be your business partner. For instance, how do you restructure your company in Massachusetts, and how do you go about the business buyout and/or valuation process? Here is a glimpse at what the  divorce process entails when a family business is at the center of it.

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