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If I Have a Nonprofit, But Not the 501(c)(3) Yet, at What Point Can I Start Taking Donations?

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Hi Bryan, Once a nonprofit has the incorporated paperwork for the state (CA) and are working on the 501(c)(3) forms, at what point may they start taking donations and what information needs to be on the receipts for donors (private or corporate) to receive a tax deduction? – Shannon Santamaria   Fearless with Attorney Bryan Fears […]

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Written by Bryan Fears

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:36 am

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Crowdfunding the Future

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It’s Innovation Month here at LegalZoom and we’re exploring a range of themes around the concept of innovation. When it comes to finding money to launch a great product or idea, gone are the days of begging for money from traditional sources. While banks, friends and family still provide support to many fledgling businesses, some […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

June 20th, 2014 at 8:32 am

Wearable Tech That Makes Sense

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Have you ever looked in your closet and wished you had an electronic Twitter Dress? Me neither. But it does exist—a black chiffon evening gown that lights up with animations and Tweets. CuteCircuit fashion house launched its wearable technology in 2004 and has been leading the way in combining haute couture, smart textiles and micro-electronics ever since. An […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

June 12th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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Shoemakers Stumble with Questionable Product Claims

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“The benefits of running barefoot have long been supported by scientific research.” “Get in shape without setting foot in a gym.” “Training without shoes allows you to run faster and farther with fewer injuries.” Do any of the above statements sound familiar? They should, because huge footwear manufacturers spent millions promoting their special shoe as […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

June 11th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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Lien on Me

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Unlike the feel good ‘80s dance classic by Club Nouveau with a similar sounding name, a lien is not a good thing. Especially when a fun gambling trip can turn into a lien on your home. While it may sound far-fetched, gambling casinos putting liens on homes to collect debts is a common practice according […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

June 11th, 2014 at 9:05 am

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Working From Home: Under Threat?

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A little over a year ago, tech giant Yahoo! made headlines when CEO Marissa Mayer did away with the company’s generous work-from-home policy. Now, another large company is getting attention for a similar issue: Ford Motor Company. A lawsuit against the car manufacturer on behalf of Jane Harris alleges that Ms. Harris was fired from her job […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

June 5th, 2014 at 9:13 am

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LA County Considering Background Checks on Ice Cream Sellers

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Summertime is all about relaxing, enjoying time spent outside, and having fun. But now, thanks to a new law in Los Angeles County, summertime fun faces some new regulations. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles County is now proposing that ice cream truck vendors and other merchants who sell products to unsupervised children […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

May 28th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t. Or Do You?

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Snapchat, the hot app that promises messages disappear within seconds of appearing on the recipient’s phone, recently found itself in hot water with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC questioned several of Snapchat’s privacy claims, from location data collection to the very basis of the app’s existence—the self-destructing messages—and found major lapses in the […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

May 27th, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Can I Sue a Rental Car Company That’s Trying to Charge Me for Hail Damage?

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Hi Joe, I rented a vehicle on a long weekend to Texas. When I returned the car, they asked if I went anywhere where there was hail. I said no. They said there was damage to the rental vehicle. I said it rained for approximately 3 minutes and there was no hail. They said there […]

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Written by Johanna

May 23rd, 2014 at 8:59 am

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How Do I Start a Nonprofit?

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Hi Joe, How do I start a nonprofit? – Oscar P. Frack III   Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante What I tell people is they can pay someone like me a lot, or they can read up on it at LegalZoom and use their services and save a lot. However, make sure you have […]

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Written by Johanna

May 23rd, 2014 at 8:53 am

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