August 2017

Third-Party Beneficiary Claims

In 2003, Alice Dumville (“Dumville”) met with Thorsen to construct her will. Following the meeting, Thorsen gathered that Dumville wanted a will that would allocate all of her property to her mother, should her mother survived her. If […]

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July 2017

Understanding No Oral Modification Clauses

Contract disputes most often arise when one or both parties believe that the other has committed a breach of contract. While a breach of contract dispute may seem like a simple matter, most breach of […]

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June 2017

BATF Rule 41F and Gun Trusts

Understanding Rule 41F
On January 4, 2016 United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed ATF Rule 41F. The Rule administratively changes federal regulations regarding firearms regulated by Title II of the Gun Control Act (GCA), specifically […]

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January 2016

Dodging Obstacles in Federal Trademark Registration – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 6 Part Blog. Past Posts: Part 1, Part 2
Part 3: Overbroad Goods and Services Descriptions
United States trademark law is unique and different compared to trademark law in foreign countries and what may […]

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December 2015

Dodging Obstacles in Federal Trademark Registration – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 6 Part Blog. Past Posts: Part 1
Part 2: Trademark Search and Clearance
United States trademark law is unique and different compared to trademark law in foreign countries and what may […]

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Dodging Obstacles in Federal Trademark Registration – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 6 Part blog.
Part 1: Trademark Priority and Trademark Distinctiveness
United States trademark law is unique and different compared to trademark law in foreign countries and what may seem like common […]

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November 2015

Trademark Infringement and Likelihood of Confusion

A generic trademark is when the name of the mark is the actual name for that product. Examples include: STRAWBERRY for strawberries, or LAW FIRM for a law firm, or TRADEMARK ATTORNEY for a Chicago trademark attorney. […]

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March 2015

New 2011 SBA Loan Initiatives Announced!

The Small Business Administration announced two lending initiatives today, Small Loan Advantage and Community Advantage, aimed at making modest loans to small businesses quickly.

The SBA’s new Small Loan Advantage program permits larger banks, or preferred […]

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2011: Web Influence On Retail Sales

A recent forecast, published by Forrester, regarding online retail sales made an important reference to Web influence on in-store retail sales.  For those start-ups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs that do not intend to have a […]

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Latest Daniel Island Business Acquisition

Daniel-Island based Sabal Medical Inc., a privately held medical technology company, has been acquired by Swisslog, a Swiss provider of logistics solutions for hospitals, warehouses and distribution centers.

Sabal Medical located in Daniel Island (Charleston), has […]

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Charleston Mayor Riley’s Annual “State of the City” Address

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley gave his State of the City address Tuesday night.  As in previous years, the underlying theme of the address was Charleston job growth.  Mayor Riley highlighted several business projects and business […]

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New Downtown Charleston Cruise Ship Passenger Terminal Planned

The Charlestowne Neighborhood Association, which represents Charleston homeowners who live south of Broad Street, is working to move he new cruise terminal to the Columbus street Terminal instead of the northern end of Union Pier.  […]

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) For New Businesses

Our Charleston law firm organizes numerouscorporations and LLC’s each month.  Although these new businesses operate in an array of industries, one common thread seems to exist in the new businesses marketing/advertising strategy:  An attractive, powerful […]

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Mount Pleasant Entrepreneur & Business Expo

Registration is now open for the Entrepreneur and Business Expo in Mount Pleasant this September 8th.  The business expo will offer cost-effective ways to promote business ventures along with techniques for business networking and personal […]

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New Business: Hangers Couture, LLC Launches!

We formed and organized a limited liability company start-up, Hangers Couture, LLC, at the beginning of this year and its already had two quarters of growth in 2011.  Congrats to the founder, Brittney Zeller, for […]

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New Apps For Facebook Business Pages

Business owners know that it’s a must in this tech driven consumer market to establish a fabulous Facebook business page!  There are all sorts of new DIY (do-it-yourself) apps popping up to help business owners […]

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Business Intelligence: Make Risk-Free Decisions

Either as a new business owner or a seasoned corporate executive, have you ever made an important business decision you later regretted?

Maybe your company opted for seemingly ideal store locations, only to realize the surrounding […]

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Mt. Pleasant Dentists: Rivers, Williams & Tanner

Rivers, Tanner & Williams, A Mt. Pleasant Family Dentistry, brings on Dr. Chris Rivers to its thriving dental practice and announces launch of its new website -mtpleasantdentists.com.  Rivers, Williams & Tanner Family has been providing […]

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The Red Party at the Old Charleston City Jail

Don’t miss this year’s Red Party fundraiser at the Old Charleston Jail.  This year’s Red Party is hosted by the American College of Building Arts (ACBA).  The American College of the Building Arts was founded […]

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Charleston Bourbon Tasting Nov 16

Charleston Mercury with Jimmy Hagood’s famed Tidewater Catering will present a Bourbon Tasting November 16.

The tasting is strictly limited to 120 tickets for this catered Charleston event, and they must be purchased in advance. Those […]

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Web Conference Technology: Online Business Meetings

In today’s business world, hatting face-to-face over the internet with Colleagues, clients, investors and other business partners is becoming the norm for many start-ups, small businesses and entrepreneurs.  There are a host of online video […]

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Legal Document Review: Reveal Data Corporation

A new player in the legal document reviewtechnology business! Reveal’s new product, InControl, provides affordable and flexible e-discovery software for litigation support in a cross-browser compatible environment.
InControl E-Discovery Technology
A recent trend these days are business […]

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Cash Mobs: Groups Support Local Businesses

A new way to influence start-ups and small businesses
Groups of people all over the nation are organizing through social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, to help support local start-ups and small businesses.  It’s […]

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Crowdfunding: Raise Money For Your Start-Up

A new way for start-ups and small businesses to Raise money
The tough lending climate has led businesses to find new sources of cash from micro-lending to crowdfunding.  “Crowd funding (sometimes called crowd financing, crowd sourced […]

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Dogs: Healthy, Happy + Hydrated!

Pet Beverage for Your Pooch!
LICKS® Launches its first line of nutritional hydrating pet water supplement that will keep your dog hydrated, healthy and extremely happy!  Licks for dogswill be a must have this year as the […]

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Kickstarter to Jump-Start a Small Business

Have a business idea or product that needs funding to get launched?  Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter may be the answer.  For some entrepreneurs and new business owners, crowdfunding or micro-finance may not be the way […]

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Alert Regarding SC DOR Taxpayer Data Theft

As reported in this weekend’s Post & Courier, a cyber attack on theDepartment of Revenue hascompromised the Social Security numbers and other tax data of 3.6 million state taxpayers and the credit card numbers of […]

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Holy Smoke, LLC’s Smoked Olive Oil

Are you looking for an excellent local, handcrafted gift for yourself, business clients, or your employees this holiday season?  Do you want to buy local and support Charleston small businesses?  Look no further! If you’ve […]

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2013 IRS Tax Changes For Businesses

Happy New Year, 2013!  The following are a few tax changes for 2013 that have been a concern for a few of our business clients.  We thought that it would be helpful to share.
Tax Changes […]

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Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Over the past five years, there has been a significant increase of individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs taking online courses to increase their knowledge about new trends in business, how to start a business, how to […]

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Increasing the Quality of the People You Hire

Each business owner goes through the process of hiring new employees. Each owner may already have a process implemented or they might not really know what to do. One thing is clear though, it is […]

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Washington Redskins Trademarks Canceled by USPTO

For more than 20 years, there has been a movement to erase nicknames and mascots that refer to Native Americans for athletic teams at all levels of competition. Many teams have voluntarily changed their name […]

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The Balance Between Business and Risk

Starting a new business in South Carolina and becoming a successful entrepreneur is, more often than not, a difficult journey. No new business owners should expect to achieve success overnight; achieving success is just not […]

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SurfAir – The Future of Air Travel

Air travel is not something a person looks forward to doing. As restrictions get stricter, flying has solely become an inconvenience. Airlines have created a cutting costs model that includes fewer routes, completely booked charges […]

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Innovative Solutions to Potholes

Civil infrastructure construction and maintenance represent a large societal investment.  Potholes, in particular, are a nightmare for drivers in every city or town throughout the US. Potholes are generally produced when water gets trapped under […]

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