Ser & Associates Blog

My General Counsel® – The Business Owner’s Way of Lawyering Up!

Typically, small to mid-size businesses deal with legal challenges as they arise, rather than working to avoid them in the first place.  In other words, they move forward with contracts without any legal representation whatsoever.  Enter into partnerships without the...

Mediation vs. Litigation: The Pros and Cons

If you find yourself facing a legal dispute of any kind, then you’re sure to want to have it resolved as quickly and positively as possible. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why a legal dispute can go nowhere fast, turning more adversarial and more expensive by...

What to Expect at a Residential Real Estate Closing

So you’ve finally made it to the end of the road in your real estate transaction -  The Closing … Congratulations! You’re so close to completing your sale or purchase, and it’s nearly time to celebrate. But, before you get too comfortable, there are a few things you...

Real Estate Encumbrances and What They Mean for Your Transaction

An encumbrance is really just a fancy word for a burden or restriction on a piece of real estate. Essentially, it means any liability, claim, or limitation that exists against piece of real estate that can restrict the owner’s ability to transfer the title of the...

Land Use & Zoning 101

So you’ve decided to open a business. Congratulations!  But before you move any further, have you thought about whether you can actually open your business on the land you have your eye on?  Unfortunately, you can’t just open up shop anywhere you want to since your...

Real Estate Transactions – Beware

Real estate transactions have special rules, regulations, taxes, forms, and procedures that must be followed to properly pass title to property and protect the parties from future liability. Further, most sales of real estate involve financing, which brings additional...

From Rags to Riches: 5 Secrets of Successful Start-Up Entrepreneurs

If you are thinking of starting a business or have already started one, it is crucial for you to figure out how to be a successful leader. Having a good idea and effectively developing it are two very different things, the latter requiring focus, resources, and lots...

Benefits to Retaining Outside Legal Counsel

Whether you already have your own business or are thinking of starting one, it’s important to consider the benefits of retaining a business attorney to handle the complicated legal matters your company may face. From formation to helping with small-scale, internal...

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