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Ryan Responds: What’s the Difference Between a Trade Name and Trademark?

Ryan Responds trade name vs trademark

Is a Trade Name and a Trademark the Same Thing, or are They Different? In this Ryan Responds video, what are the differences between a trade name and a trademark. Short answer: they are different. Much of the confusion comes up nowadays when people are registering their business and trying to come up with the […]

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A Chef’s Work-Life Balance: Closed for Dinner, but Open to Subleasing or Partnering?

Between work and life.

Chefs and their Work-Life Dilemma: Dinner Service vs. Quality of Living A friend and a client recently shared a Food & Wine article on their social media. It was entitled “Why So Many Top Restaurants Are Closing for Dinner“. The article was about how restaurateurs and chefs were seeking better work-life balance by opting not to […]

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Ryan Responds: “What should go in your Operating Agreement?”

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What Should go in your Operating Agreement? In this Ryan Responds video, I go over some of the more important items that an Operating Agreement should cover. While, not an exhaustive list, it is illustrative of the conversations LLC members and managers should have with one another. Business partners should strive to have this organizational […]

Can a Landlord Charge a Tenant Extra for a Dog?

Happy Lunar New Year all! It is that time of year again. Like last year, where I covered chickens for Year of the Rooster, and monkeys for Year of the Monkey prior to that, I will be talking about laws related to dogs here in Hawaii. I am not going to cover dog bite law […]

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Honoring Fred Korematsu Day

I’d like to share some of my views on Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. California created this special day, held every January 30, posthumously for Fred T. Korematsu. It is also celebrated in Hawaii and a number of other states. The Day commemorates Fred Korematsu’s birthday and his contributions as a Japanese American civil […]

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Ryan Responds: “Do I Need to Form a Business (Entity)?”

Ryan Responds trade name vs trademark

Ryan Responds Video on “Do I Need to Form a Business (Entity)?” One of my New Year resolutions was to finally start doing short informative videos on various aspects of business law. Many social media consultant and other small practice firm friends urged me to do this, as I already do educational seminars for business […]

Are You Prepared? Disaster Planning (for Hawaii)

UPDATE (2018/01/15): Included a PDF for the Hawaii State Department of Defense below. Did You Know How to Respond to the Missile Threat? We are glad that everyone is safe and that the emergency alert about a ballistic missile threat to Hawaii on January 13, 2018, which people received on their mobile devices and saw […]

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Recap: Horrors of Business Ownership Part I

Horror Stories of Business Ownership: Recap of Seminar How is the beginning of your November 2017 going? Are you scared there are only 2 months left till the end of the year? Well, speaking of frights, I did a seminar with the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii (BBB) this past Monday celebrating Hallloween. We told spooky […]

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High Profile Sexual Abuse Allegations Tied to a Longstanding Reality

Opening door.

Sexual Abuse Suits: A Change in Society or Exposing Institutional Problems? Recently, there have been high profile sexual abuse lawsuits making headlines across the nation. In light of this, people often ask, “Is something happening to our society causing this increase in harm to children?” Based on statistical analysis it would seem it is more […]

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Part II, Communicating with Unpleasantness: Demand Letters

Demand letter.

What are Demand Letters for? Usually, it is a demand on the other party take some corrective action or to stop doing something. It could be demanding payment because it is late. It could be demanding interest on top of the principal due to the lateness of the payment. Other times, if you are the […]