5 Ways “Business Contracts—A Guide for Lawyers and Business Owners” Can Help You

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Starting a Business) on 09-01-2014

“Business Contracts—A Guide for Lawyers and Business Owners” is an important resource for business owners and attorneys navigating today’s increasingly complex business environment. The new edition has been revised and is up-to-date with the latest business law legislation. This book covers a wide range of business topics  and provides tools needed to prepare documents used in the formation and operation of your company.

This book will help you:

•    Decide which entity best suits you or your clients needs and why;

•    Comply with federal and state securities laws;

•    Expertly draft opinion letters that contain the proper elements;

•    Understand personnel policies and wage and record-keeping requirements;

•    Draft organizational documents for different kinds of entities; and

•    Skillfully prepare asset purchase agreements and other M & A documents.

Drawing from over 25 years’ experience as a business lawyer, Mr. White has set out a practical discussion of areas of law relevant to conducting business, an outline of the latest legal trends, useful drafting tips, and more than 65 forms for the many types of agreements needed to conduct business.  The book includes a CD that contains the text of the book plus all the sample agreements and other forms in an easy to use format.

If you would like to find out more about this book, including the table of contents, check it out on the Bradford Publishing website. www.bradfordpublishing.com /Business-Contracts

Bradford Publishing Launches Colorado-Only Attorney Directory

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Colorado Deeds, Divorce and Legal Separation, Domestic Partnership, Employment Law, Eviction, Leases and Landlord Tenant, Mechanics Liens, Medical Marijuana, Probate, Real Estate, Wills and Estates) on 08-11-2013

We’re excited to announce our new Colorado Attorney Directory! On November 1st we launched an online directory to link Colorado consumers with Colorado attorneys. Bradford has offered information, products and services for Colorado attorneys, businesses and consumers for more than 100 years.  With changing technology, most of our products and services have moved online to our website.  Now, more than 12,000 people visit our website each month in search of legal resources.

Bradford provides lots of self-help solutions for you to complete a legal procedure on your own, but sometimes it’s not enough and contacting a legal expert is necessary. Now we can connect you to attorneys practicing in your local Colorado community. Deciding whether to hire an attorney is a big decision.  The bottom line is knowing if you’re capable and willing to take on a particular legal task yourself. Sometimes you don’t realize immediately that the task is beyond your capabilities.

The new Colorado-only Attorney Directory can help you find the right attorney. Laws vary by state so it’s important to follow Colorado law. We make sure the attorneys listed are lawyers in good standing with the Colorado Supreme Court. They also have completed profiles on the site, so their expertise and experience is clear and allows you to know as much as possible about the lawyer’s practice before picking up the phone. Our goal is to provide easy access to Colorado attorneys who can help you find legal solutions.

Check out our new Colorado Attorney Directory and let us know what you think!


Colorado Employment Law: Corporate Equality Index

Filed Under (Business, Employment Law) on 05-09-2013

Hewlett-Packard has been recognized as “one of the best places to work” based on sexual orientation non-discrimination policies, same-sex partner benefits, and other measures of corporate inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) employees.

HP received a 100% ranking on the “2013 Corporate Equality Index” released by the Human Rights Campaign. The Index is offered as a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for LGBT employees.

“A record number of businesses, spanning nearly every industry and major geographic area of the U.S., ranked as top scorers on this year’s Corporate Equality Index,” according to the Human Rights Campaign.  The Index, released each fall, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers. 

In addition to scoring companies on their internal policies, the Index rates their “public engagement,” giving points for such activities as effective LGBT recruitment efforts; supplier diversity programs demonstrated to include certified LGBT suppliers; advertising to LGBT consumers; and demonstrated public support for LGBT equality under the law through local, state, or federal legislation or initiatives.

“We are very honored and encouraged to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. At HP, we have learned that creating a stimulating, diverse culture of inclusion is not a destination. It is a journey of continuous action — one that is best guided by deeply held values, as well as a keen sense of the marketplace. With customers in more than 170 countries, we appreciate that diversity is smart business and is essential for us to deliver more to our customers,” says Emily Duncan, Vice President, Culture and Diversity, Hewlett Packard.

Recent estimates indicate that HP employs between 2000 and 3000 workers in Colorado.  Businesses interested in participating in the Corporate Equality Index are encouraged to contact the HRC Workplace Project at workplace@hrc.org. The Corporate Equality Index does not rate public sector (government) employers or businesses with fewer than 500 full-time U.S. employees. 

What roles do you Bradford Blog Readers think employers and workers should play in creating diverse workplaces? 

For more information, contact Kimberlie Ryan at kim@ryanfirm.com.

New Colorado Employment Law Blog by Kimberlie Ryan

Filed Under (Bradford Publishing News & Updates, Business, Employment Law) on 29-08-2013

We’re excited to introduce a new Bradford blog category, Colorado Employment Law, provided by experienced attorney Kimberlie Ryan. Kim is a Bradford book author and the founder of Ryan Law Firm, LLC in Denver. 

Kim is an experienced trial lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, prolific writer and the author of Employment Law Guidebook: For Colorado Business Owners and Human Resource Professionals. Winning several significant federal jury verdicts, and negotiating multi-million dollar settlements over nearly twenty years of practice, Kimberlie brings a wealth of practical litigation expertise to the Bradford Blog readers. 

Kimberlie’s blog posts will examine emerging issues in civil rights employment law, including such hot topics as legalization of marijuana and workplace rights and responsibilities; legal protections for LGBT workers and their families; social media and employment; sexual harassment and other hostile work environment topics; employer compliance issues; and newsworthy cases.

You are invited to follow the Bradford Blog and join us and Kimberlie Ryan as we explore important workplace legal issues.  We welcome your topic suggestions and comments to the posts.

For more information about Kimberlie Ryan see her website or contact her at kim@ryanfirm.com.

Should I Hire an Attorney for My Legal Issue?

Filed Under (Business, Colorado Deeds, Divorce and Legal Separation, Eviction, Leases and Landlord Tenant, Mechanics Liens, Power of Attorney, Probate, Real Estate, Small Claims, Starting a Business, Wills and Estates) on 23-05-2013

The decision to hire an attorney depends upon assessing the situation — and then being honest with yourself about your ability to handle the matter on your own.

First, always consult an attorney for:

•    Criminal charges
•    If you are sued
•    Bankruptcy
•    Employment issues (whether you are a business or an employee)
•    Personal injuries
•    Entering a franchise agreement
•    Selling a business, or bringing new owners into a business.

Individuals may effectively handle family law matters, business transactions, estate planning, and tax issues. However, one has to consider the costs of time and expertise when deciding to act without an attorney.

Advantages of handling a legal issue yourself:
•    There are Court-approved forms and books to help you.
•    You can move quickly, not waiting for an attorney to get to your matter.
•    You save money by not hiring an attorney.

Disadvantages of handling a legal issue yourself: Continue reading “Should I Hire an Attorney for My Legal Issue?” »

Workplace Drug Use Policies and Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Law

Filed Under (Business, Medical Marijuana) on 04-10-2012

More than 160,000 Coloradans have won the right to use marijuana for medical purposes. For employers and employees, this poses interesting questions about workplace drug policies, such as:

•    How should Colorado employers deal with employees who are bona fide medical marijuana users?
•    Do employees risk losing their jobs by using medical marijuana?
•    Do employees have any legal recourse when their employers discharge them because they test positive for medical marijuana use?
Continue reading “Workplace Drug Use Policies and Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Law” »