Ser & Associates Blog


A key to successful contract negotiations is being able to think holistically about the deal from both sides. Sometimes a contract negotiation simply comes down to price, but, more often, than not, there are other important matters to consider. By identifying the benefits and risks for both sides in advance, you will be able to better plan for getting what you want.

Before entering into a Commercial Lease…. Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate!

It is no secret that the terms of a commercial lease tend to be favorable to the landlord. However, do not overlook the fact that tenants regularly succeed in negotiating terms making them more beneficial for the tenant. Here are some common terms that a landlord will typically be open to negotiating.


Due diligence is a critical aspect of any business acquisition. It gives the buyer the opportunity to review the prospective business’s financial records, contracts, assets, sites, employment records and other pertinent information about the business and to ensure the value of the business.

RFP, IFB, RFQ: The Alphabet Soup of Government Contracting

Governments at all levels (Federal, State, and local) must purchase goods and services just like any other business in the marketplace. To ensure transparency, protect the public trust, and obtain competitive pricing, there are procurement rules that government agencies must follow. While these rules and process vary from agency to agency, there are some general procurement methods utilized by virtually all of them.

The Roadmap to Business Acquisition

A quick and effective way to grow/expand your business is buying another business, whether it is buying a competitor or a supplier in order to vertically integrate. And, with interest rates so low these days, now may be a great time to start considering expanding your business through acquisition.

TELEWORK & OVERTIME – What You Need To Know

By now, many businesses are familiar with the Small Business Administration (SBA) in its role as administrator and guarantor of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Loans, as well as, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Employer Obligations For Workplace Safety In The Era Of COVID-19

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment to its employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently released guidance on this issue in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trademark Registration & Infringement in Coronavirus Era

New trademarks are being filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) despite the impact COVID-19 is having on business. Trademarks protect a business’ brand identity: name, slogan, jingles, and logos.

IRS Offers Tax Relief Due to Coronavirus

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal government is deferring $300 billion in IRS payments. We want to keep you informed on important IRS deadlines for filing tax returns and paying taxes.