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Do You Know What Your Bylaws Say?

March 20th, 2015

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If you own a business, you probably have a business entity. Maybe you heard that business entities provide some sort of liability protection, and someone mentioned that you should form an LLC, so you wen online, or better yet, to a lawyer, and formed and LLC. A few weeks later, you got a fancy looking book with your company’s name embossed in gold lettering. You played with the neat little company seal thingy for a few minutes, patted yourself on the back for being a responsible business owner with such an official looking book and seal, and then put to book on a shelf never to be touched again.

That is, of course, until your lawyer asked you to bring that book to his office because its contents will dramatically impact the outcome of the dispute you’ve recently entered into with your partner. Are you sure that book says what you want it to say? Do you even know what it says? How will this impact your business?

Read the full article featured in Northern Nevada Business Weekly Business Law Guide Here (page 7)

John R. Funk Elected Secretary of the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation

July 1st, 2014

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Gunderson Law Firm Attorney, John Funk, Esq. has been selected to serve as secretary of the High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation.

The High Sierra Lacrosse Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2007 to develop the sport of lacrosse for all student-athletes in Northern Nevada, Truckee, and the Tahoe Basin. The Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors (BOD) who believe that participation in the sport of lacrosse provides a powerful vehicle for a participant’s personal growth and development. The Foundation believes that the team sport of lacrosse teaches the values of respect, fairness, teamwork, communication, responsibility, truthfulness, non-discrimination, honesty, and integrity. These attributes help develop skill sets in student-athletes that are valuable to our local communities.

Legal Elite 2014: Nevada’s Top Attorneys

June 17th, 2014

Congratulations to Catherine Anne Reichenberg, Esq. for making the 2014 Legal Elite and the publication cover! Read the whole list here.

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So Your Client has a Judgment; Now What?

June 4th, 2014

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Compensation for your client does not end with a judgment; it only ends when your client has successfully executed on that judgment by realizing a monetary return. Many attorneys consider a successful jury verdict, or the granting of a motion for summary judgment, to be the victory for their client. However, most clients have a sense of lasting victory only after they are actually paid what they are owed. Thus, the question becomes: so your client has a judgment; now what?

Read the full article at Nevada Lawyer Magazine.

My New Business: Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

March 27th, 2014

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Starting a new business can be daunting. You already have a great idea, but now you’re making that idea a reality. You’re meeting with financial backers, signing a lease, hiring employees – and everywhere you turn, you’re spending more money. With so many expenses to juggle, many new entrepreneurs ask themselves: Do I really need a lawyer?

Although many people dread hiring a lawyer, investing a small amount of time with a lawyer at the beginning can help save you a huge amount of money and difficulty later on. There are several ways a lawyer can help your new business succeed:

Forming Your Business Entity

Corporation, partnership, LLC – what do they all mean, and how do I go about setting one up? A lawyer can help you navigate the intricacies of Nevada business formation and make sure that you are protecting yourself from personal liability. Do you have partners or investors? A lawyer will make sure your corporate documents clearly reflect exactly what your agreement with those partners or investors is so there’s no question about who is responsible for what. Even better, a lawyer can also help you anticipate the problems you never considered – so if those problems arise down the road, you’re already covered. Hiring a lawyer to form your company generally costs about the same as getting the documents from an online source, but with a lawyer you’ll know that you are getting a customized business entity designed just for you.

Negotiating and Reviewing Contracts:

Starting a new business involves a huge amount of paperwork. Everyone wants you to sign a contract, from your investors to your vendors and your new landlord. Are these terms normal, or are they asking you to sign something totally over-the-top? Which terms are negotiable, and what does all this legalese really mean? A lawyer can help make sense of these contracts and can step in to negotiate on your behalf if you’d prefer to stay out of it. Need a release for your customers to sign? How about a non-compete agreement with your new employees? Your lawyer can draw up these contracts for you to make sure they say exactly what you need them to say – and that they comply with Nevada law.

Everyday Business Needs

Can I ask my employees to wear a specific uniform? What kind of work can I have an intern perform? Should I trademark my company name? Once your business is up and running, there are plenty of small questions that will pop up from time to time. Trying to research these questions on your own can be tricky, but hiring a new lawyer just to ask a small question can seem like overkill. This is where having a relationship with a lawyer can be a huge asset. Since she already helped set up your business, your lawyer knows you and your business’s needs. With only a quick call or email, your lawyer will be able to answer any questions that may come up. This will let you focus on running your business without having to worry about these minor legal issues.

 

For additional information and to learn more about Gunderson Law Firm www.gundersonlaw.com or call (775) 829-1222

Article published in the Reno Tahoe YPN newsletter. 

Austin Sweet Joins Solace Tree Board of Directors

March 2nd, 2014

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Austin Sweet has joined theSolace Tree Board of Directors. Sweet is an attorney with Gunderson Law Firm, who has represented a wide variety of clients from across Nevada, California and the nation. His primary clientele includes individuals and businesses on a local, regional, and national level, as well as a variety of public agencies.

“We’re excited to have Austin join us as we celebrate our tenth anniversary this year,” said Solace Tree Board Chair Dave Wertzberger. “His skills and enthusiasm will be a great addition in our mission to help evenmore families find hope and healing after losing a family member.”

A 501c (3) non-profit organization based in Reno, Nevada, the Solace Tree is celebrating its tenth year of providing peer support, information and education to schools and the community to promote healing and recovery for grieving children, teens and their families who are affected by loss. For more information, visit www.solacetree.org.

 

 

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Go Red For Women Day!

February 7th, 2014

Gunderson Law Firm GOES RED

 

Wearing red in support of women’s heart health. Happy Go Red Day!

Gunderson Law Firm Featured in RGJ’s Annual Corporate Giving List For 2013

January 8th, 2014

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To review a complete list of businesses featured in this Corporate Giving list, click here.

Gunderson Law Firm Hosts Donation Drive Benefiting Casa de Vida in Reno

December 4th, 2013

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Gunderson Law Firm is hosting a clothing donation drive benefiting Casa de Vida in Reno. New and/or gently used baby items can be delivered to the Firm’s office during regular business hours. Specifically, the organization is in most need of winter clothing, sizes infant to 5T. Casa de Vida provides a home and support services for pregnant young women in our community. Donation drive ends December 20, 2013.

During donation season small children and infant donations can often be overlooked, and with winter just starting, warm clothing and coats are more important that ever. Join us in helping provide the necessary winter items for infants and small children. Donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm:

Gunderson Law Firm

3895 Warren Way

Reno, NV 89509

Congratulations, Courtney!

November 20th, 2013

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We are thrilled that our very own, Courtney G. Forster, was one of the recipients of the Reno Gazette Journal and Young Professionals Network sponsored, ‘Twenty Under 40 Awards’. Congratulations from all of us here at Gunderson Law Firm- we had so much fun watching you accept this award! For a full list of 2013 winners, click here.

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