The Legalpreneur Podcast

The Legalpreneur Podcast

Navigating the legal side of your business can be intimidating and expensive. Each Tuesday, and some Thursdays, join Andrea Sager, former big law attorney turned lover of all things small businesses, as she explains the legal necessities for small business owners. Whether you want to start a business, just launched a business, or have been in business for years, you will learn from Andrea and the world's most elite entrepreneurs on how to legally protect your business; and just how simple it can be.

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July 20, 2021 9 min

This week, we’re discussing the business side of small business law, with a focus on hiring. Specifically, who should be your first hire? When starting a new company as a solopreneur, there comes a time when one must seek out additional help, but who should that person be??


On today’s episode we cover:


  • The position you should focus on for your first hire
  • The trap of micromanaging in the online entrepreneurial space
  • Why it’s important t...
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    Websites are critical to the small business owner, helping your clients find your products or service in the digital landscape. But what do you do if you find a scammer who’s created a site to mimic yours and defraud your clients?! On today’s episode we cover:


  • What legal recourse you have when your website gets cloned by a fraud
  • Why a Cease and Desist Letter is likely not helpful
  • Why “Domain Name Host” on Google search is so important

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    I am a huge proponent of Contracts, they are important for outlining duties & rights of people and are some of the most powerful and useful tools in the American legal system. But do you always need a contract for every business deal? And if not, when is it okay to skip?  On today’s episode we cover:


  • Certain business arrangements where a contract is not necessary
  • Circumstances under which you are already protected by a prior agre...
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    June 29, 2021 7 min

    We talk a lot about LLCs and Trademarks on this show, and a common confusion I hear from small business owners concerns them both; specifically, if you have an LLC, do you need a Trademark? If you have a Trademark, do you need an LLC? On today’s episode we cover:


  • The protections granted by an LLC
  • The rights granted by a Trademark
  • Why it is important for your business to have both
  • How to utilize a DBA (Do Business As) to get a company n...
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    “What is an LLC and should I be one?” This is one of the most common questions that I receive as a small business attorney. This week we’re bringing back one of our most popular early episodes to lay out the facts about Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). 

    What are they? Do you want to be one? And if so, when should you file? 

    In this episode, we’ll cover: 

  • The definition of an LLC 
  • Why you don’t want to be personally liable for the de...
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    Once you’ve established your business, you are legally bound to maintain compliance with a host of governmental regulations and industry standards. Falling out of compliance can cost you a lot of money and time, and possibly your ability to do business at all. On today’s episode we cover:


  • Establishing your business as a legal entity
  • Preventing your business from infringing on the intellectual property of others
  • Staying on top of debts...
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    There are a lot of steps in creating a legally-protected and thriving business, but to get one started you only really need to do one thing: acquire a “Doing Business As” or DBA from your state or county. That’s all you need to get started, and on today’s episode we cover:


  • What is a “Doing Business As” certification?
  • How you get a DBA
  • Why you might not want to just start with a DBA
  • Steps to consider beyond your initial DBA

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    We talk a lot about copyrights on this show; they are so important to protecting your brand and making passive income. However, one confusing area of copyrights concerns photos. You may see someone using your photos and think you should send them a Cease & Desist letter, but you might actually not have that right. 


    This week we’ll cover: 


  • Who owns the copyrights to photographs you use for your business
  • The difference between hirin...
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    May 18, 2021 12 min

    We are bringing back The Trademark Course, an affordable alternative to hiring an attorney to handle your trademark applications. The course contains 6 bite-sized modules. We cut out all the fluff and get straight to the point.

    In this course, we’ll cover: 

  • How to conduct a thorough trademark search before applying 
  • How to grow your brand’s value with trademarks 
  • The timing involved when applying for a trademark
  • How to respond to refusa...
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    May 12, 2021 9 min

    In our online world, we encounter negative comments about ourselves and our business more often than any of us would like. What can you do when comments stray into the realm of damaging for your business? Today, we’re talking about Defamation, libel, and slander.


    In this episode, we’ll cover: 


  • What qualifies as Defamation under the law
  • When it is worth it to respond to defaming comments or posts
  • Tips for effectively responding to poten...
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    One of the most important elements to think about when growing your team is tax responsibility. Your tax requirements will vary greatly between contractors and employees. Today, we’ll talk about each type of work relationship and how to navigate their tax needs. 


    In this episode, we’ll cover: 


  • How your tax responsibilities differ between employees and contractors
  • The required documentation and forms you need to use for both employees ...
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    Growing your team is an integral element to think about within your small business. Depending upon your needs and goals, growing with employees or contractors (or a mix of both!) might be the right fit, so it’s incredibly important to understand the differences between employee and contractor arrangements. Today, we’ll talk about each type of work relationship and how they affect your business.?


    In this episode, we’ll cover:?


  • Your le...
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    LegalZoom, Inkfile, and Trademarkia are not law firms, but people often use their services when seeking legal aid. Time and again, our clients have reported horror stories working with these quick and dirty legal assistance companies when they would have been better off working directly with a small business attorney. Today we go over why you definitely want to avoid internet legal companies. 


    In this episode, we’ll cover: 


  • Why Legal...
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    What Can’t You Protect with a Trademark?


    Description: 

    Trademarks are a powerful way to protect your intellectual property, but not everything can be trademarked. Many of the design elements of your brand, like name and logo, can be protected, but other creative works related to your brand cannot. Today we go over the basics of what feels like it could be trademarked but actually can’t. 


    In this episode, we’ll cover: 


  • Why orname...
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    April 6, 2021 13 min

    Searching for similar trademarks is a critical step in your trademark application process. Your application can be rejected not only due to exact trademark duplicates, but also due to similar trademarks, since they can cause confusion to the consumer. Tune in today to learn the basics on what to look for when completing a trademark search. 


    In this episode, we’ll cover: 


  • Tips for discovering similar trademarks to your own
  • The importan...
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    March 30, 2021 11 min

    Calling all small business owners! Are you ready to get serious about growing and protecting your business? If so, today’s episode is for you. 


    Publicity is the key to growing your small business. The Legalpreneur has grown faster than I ever could have imagined, and I did it all by implementing the publicity methods that I learned in Selena Soo’s Impacting Millions! Selena’s incredible course is the reason I made $400,000 in my fir...

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    March 23, 2021 10 min

    Trademarks are a powerful part of any business, but how can you be sure when your trademark is being infringed upon? Knowing how to spot trademark infringement is a critically useful skill when running a business, so today I’ll lay out the basics you need to know to keep your trademark safe. 


    In this episode, we’ll talk about: 


  • Examples of different kinds of trademark infringement
  • How to spot potential trademark infringement
  • How two co...
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    Here at Andrea Sager Law, we take a comprehensive approach to legal protection because we work exclusively with small business owners. The Legalpreneur podcast exists because small business owners deserve protection and education about the legal world they operate in. This ethos of making information freely available is part of our values and the values we like to see in others.


    In this episode, we’ll talk about: 


  • Why Legalpreneur gi...
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    This week we’ve got a bonus episode with publicist Selena Soo! Publicity is the key to growing your small business; the Legalpreneur has grown faster than I could have imagined by implementing Selena’s publicity methods.


    In this episode, we’ll talk about: 


  • What actually is Publicity? And what can it really do for you and your brand?
  • The value in polling your audience about the media they consume
  • Selena’s upcoming 3-part Publicity serie...
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    We’ve got a new FREE offering from the Legalpreneur! Coming up in a couple weeks I’ll be teaching a free Legal Training session to help small business owners set themselves up for legal success. Info is below, I hope you’ll come and join the program!  


    In this episode, we’ll talk about: 


  • Free Legal Training Sessions March 18th @ 7pm US Central time
  • Free Legal Training Session March 19th @ 12pm noon US Central Time
  • Go to FreeLeg...
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