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Christine E Branstad

Christine Branstad’s Legal Guides

24 total

  • Iowa: General Dissolution Timeline

    Petition for Dissolution of Marriage Information you will need to prepare your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage: Home/Property information Mortgage Vehicles Retirement accounts Financial portfolio Salary information (pay stubs or annual) Tax returns for the last 3 y...

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  • “I ACCEPT” “I ACCEPT” – License Agreements For Real Businesses

    Scroll through the 5000 words and click I accept the terms. Most likely, you just entered a license agreement. A license grants someone (licensee) permission via contract to engage in an activity or to use property owned by the person granting the license (licensor). Th...

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  • Right from the Start – Determining Your Business Identity

    Running to the secretary of state to get corporate filings is not the first step in developing your business. Incorporating before your business has an identity is like getting a marriage license before you decide on a groom. You will likely have to start over. First, de...

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  • Avoid Problems – Protect Client Identity

    In the 1980s, bad guys stole Mercedes Benz hood ornaments. Today's enterprising criminals steal identities. Identities are stolen from homes, from trash cans, from purses and from glances over shoulders. And, unfortunately, often from businesses. There are many ways individual...

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  • Avoid litigators – Don’t Destroy That Document

    Business owners regularly tell me they keep records for seven years because it is the law. The magic seven-year rule may be a tax guideline, but it is a business and legal myth. Prior to going Enron on your corporate records, take a look at the IRSs Starting a Business and Ke...

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  • Right from the Start – Protect Business Assets with a Non Compete Agreement

    Even though the economy has stabilized, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) money continues to flow into expanding and start up businesses. Now is the time to protect your fledgling business from competitors who will not hesitate to take your innovations, ideas a...

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  • Right from the Start – Non-Disclosure Agreements

    Non-Disclosure Agreements (also called NDAs, Confidentiality Agreements or Secrecy Agreements) have broad use in business. The form NDA is a business myth. Each is designed for a purpose; the provision to protect a trade secret in a severance agreement bears little resemblance...

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  • Right from the Start – Non Solicitation Agreements

    This focuses on Non-Solicitation Agreements, a more narrow method of keeping other companies from luring employees or clients away. In the second year of your burgeoning IT business, you have 5 employees. You land a project that requires a temporary workforce of 10 employees. ...

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  • I want out! (of this contract)

    You are in a contract and want out. Ask yourself the basics: How, when, why and will it be worth the expense? Ask these questions in reverse order. 1) Will it be worth the expense? If a court finds that you breached or repudiated a contract, the court may 1) order you to c...

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  • Mediation in Business

    Most of my business clients see mediation as the thing you do when you are almost at the end of litigation. Mediation can be a cost-savings tool if used early when a dispute is still minor. Times to use mediation early: 1) You have a good business relationship that you would li...

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