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  • Complying with Your Own Privacy Policies in the Digital Age

    Unless you are reading this article as a print out or in the public library, your business is in the digital age. Every document and contract you create, from employment contracts to complex business litigation agreements , is first drafted on a computer, no doubt, and all your records are digitized as well. Despite all of the incredible benefits of the digital age, it has also ushered in new and ...
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  • Preparing for Business Immigration Changes Under a New President

    You cannot bring in a new presidential administration without also bringing a completely different viewpoint on America’s biggest issues, concerns, and regulations. The Trump Administration has promised to focus on immigration in particular, including how business immigration laws are created or changed. Much of Trump’s campaign focused on using legislation to protect American jobs and direct the ...
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  • Your Right to Write Negative Reviews Is Now Federally Protected

    The online business review site Yelp has proven to be an impeccable and irreplaceable tool for consumers and business owners alike. Thanks to the website and others like it, consumers can know what to expect when walking into the vast majority of establishments for the first time, assuming reviews are unbiased and numerous. However, up until just a few months ago, freely expressing your opinion of ...
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  • Your Unique Business Idea Can Be Protected by Texas Trade Secret Law

    So many of the most notable businesses and brands in the world were all started with one, unique idea that was developed masterfully into a global name. From Kentucky Fried Chicken to Coca-Cola to the ever-popular Google, all of these companies, and more, desperately need to keep their ideas under wraps to stay ahead of competitors and profitable. If you run a business in Texas, odds are you have ...
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  • What Qualifies as a Trade Secret?

    Does your business have information, procedures, or assets unique to your company that contributes to its success? If so, you may have a trade secret. In this blog post, we take a look at what things can be considered a trade secret in Texas and what business owners can do to safeguard those things from becoming exposed to competitors. What Is a Trade Secret? In Texas, a trade secret can be any ...
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  • Attorney Wilka Toppins Published in Dinero Magazine

    Attorney Wilka Toppins of Toppins Law Firm, P.C. was recently interviewed in an article that was published in Dinero , a Colombia-based monthly business magazine. It is Colombia’s most recognized business-news magazine and features stories on various market trends, economic analyses, and investigative reports. The article is titled “Hacer Real el Sueño Americano con Inversión y Negocios,” which ...
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  • Contract Dispute Resolution Options

    When it comes to contract disputes, the wronged parties are often quick to want to hold the party in breach accountable in court. In some cases, this could be the best solution-- but not always. Ultimately, litigation is slow, costly, and not ideal for every small to medium-sized business. In many cases, alternative solutions to contract disputes are much more favorable to both parties. Below, ...
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  • Understanding Workplace Retaliation

    When an employer is accused of workplace retaliation, it can deeply affect the morale of a staff and ultimately cost the company significant financial damages and legal fees. Retaliation is also one of the most serious allegations that can be made against an employer. It alleges that employees are not safe from vindictive actions of managers and the company leadership is willing to act on spite. ...
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  • Forming A Business Entity In Texas

    It's always an exciting time when an individual or group of individuals is ready to start a new business or take an existing business to the next level. In doing so, however, business owners are faced with a pressing initial question: just what type of legal entity will your new business be? Choosing the right kind is critical to the short and long-term success of your business. Below, let's look ...
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  • Wage & Payment Laws in Texas

    Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers in the United States are required to be paid a minimum amount for the hours they work, and the payment must be delivered in a timely fashion. However, the laws allow for numerous exemptions due to the nature of work, the industry, and several other factors. Minimum Wage in Texas Currently, the minimum wage in Texas is the same as the federal minimum ...
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  • Deciding Your Business's Ownership Structure

    The first step in starting a new business is deciding if you’re going to form the company as a sole proprietorship, partnership or limited liability corporation. Before you make such an important decision, however, it’s imperative that you understand the key differences among the three ownership structures. In this blog, we’ll break down what each structure entails and how it may affect your ...
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  • Understanding the Fiancé(e) Visa Process

    Here is a common immigration scenario: a US citizen meets a non-citizen overseas and wants to marry them and begin their life together in the US. These couples often face a daunting petitioning process and are often unsure of how to proceed. To complete this process, the couple must apply for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa, more commonly known as a fiancé(e) visa. In some ways, this procedure is much ...
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  • Can I be a green card sponsor?

    The Green Card is one of the most popular and sought-after immigration statuses in our country. It allows a non-citizen to establish permanent residence in the US, begin building a new life, and even start their path towards citizenship. However, to receive Green Card status, a non-citizen must first be sponsored by someone already in the US. From family members to employers, many wonder about ...
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  • 5 Common & Avoidable Mistakes Employers Make

    Employment-related lawsuits can be an expensive headache for employers, even if the case ultimately resolves in their favor. However, many of the most common types of employment claims can be avoided through consistency and good policies. In this blog, our Houston employment lawyers take a look at five common mistakes made by employers. 1. Improperly Drafted & Inconsistently Applied Policies ...
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