Entries by Helen Lavigne

Alternative Dispute Resolution Primer

By: Pete Singh There is dense language at the end of most contracts that some call “boilerplate” (meaning it’s standard stuff and not worth reading, understanding, or negotiating). Overlooking these terms may seem prudent or efficient upfront, but they can have very real ramifications. Buried in those “miscellaneous” or “general” sections, you’ll see choice of […]

March Update: The impact of coronavirus, AB-5, events, and more

Welcome to More From Fourscore What new resources do we have for you this month? Take a look at our quick video from Jesse Jones, Fourscore Business Law founder. Client Tell: Sudsy Soaps What inspired you to start a business? For Raleigh entrepreneur and opportunist Khushbu Madhiwala, it was simple. She took her passion for adventure […]

QSBS Treatment – Basic Requirements and Protecting Eligibility

By: Benjamin Jacob The Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS) exclusion provided for under Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code grants compelling tax benefits to qualifying stockholders. To take advantage, it is imperative to be clear on the statutory requirements for eligibility and what type of transactions will disqualify stock from receiving QSBS treatment. In […]

The Coronavirus Could Affect Your Contract

By: Sean Valle The spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to shape interpersonal and business interaction, and it is unclear how substantially the pandemic will impact economic ecosystems and individual businesses. Many organizations are cancelling or postponing events and other in-person activities. Employers are encouraging or requiring employees to work from home and minimizing employee […]

AB-5 – California’s New Labor Law Affecting Businesses & Contractors

By: Benjamin Jacob The future of work is up for debate in Congress and state legislatures across the nation. AB-5 – California’s controversial new labor law went into effect this past January. The new law dramatically redefines the test for whether workers are employees or independent contractors creating a presumption workers are employees.  The stakes […]

How Does Dilution Work?

At the outset, dilution is the process of pro rata deduction of ownership percentage as additional holders are added to a company’s capitalization chart. Dilution happens as the number of shares held by a person is static while the total number of outstanding shares (the denominator) grows (e.g. 1/1 = 100% | 1/10 = 10% | 1/100 = 1%). If you bring investors or others onto your company’s cap chart dilution is unavoidable…

The Tax Effects of Filing (or Not Filing) an 83b Form

I don’t know anyone who likes paying more taxes than they have to. So, if you’re an entrepreneur and you’d like to keep more of your money, read on.   Part one (the basics). All shares of stock in every company have some value, even shares in the earliest stage startup with the most nascent […]