Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top 5 Ways to BETTER Protect Your Business

As a business owner, you face a number of risks on a daily basis. Hiring an experienced business attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can make all the difference in protecting your business. Finding ways to legally protect your business can help protect both you and your venture. Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we have a number of ways to protect your business at the Lake of the Ozarks. Take a look below for a few of the top ways to better legally guard your business.


1) Choose the right kind of business from the start. 

Deciding which type of business is right for your unique situation is important. Whether it's a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or LLC, you can decide on a level of protection with your business type. A legal professional will be able to advise you on which business type is the best option for your venture.

2) Document, document, document, and document some more. 

You can't over-document when it comes to your business. The more you have in writing, the better. If an external person would need to go through your paperwork for any legal reason, it's best to have more than needed. Documenting any and all business activity can help protect your business!

3) Prepare for the end, at the beginning. 

As you start a business, you likely aren't thinking about the end of your business. You should be. Whether you are a sole proprietor or have partners in your business, make an exit plan from the start. This can help you make decisions ahead of time and prepare for the exit of yourself or your partner. A plan can be especially helpful if there is a sudden need to end the business or partnership.

4) Have an external person review all accounts

Many small businesses have one internal employee help with accounting. While this is a great solution to have someone on staff, it's also best to have an external person or company review your books on a regular basis. Embezzlement is a common crime and can have a detrimental impact on a small business.

5) Keep business and personal funds separate. 

As a business, there are a number of occasions in which your books may be audited. It's best to keep your business and personal accounts separate from one another. You may open your personal accounts up to being considered part of your business funding if the accounts have been co-mingled at some point.

Now that you have some tips on how to better protect your Lake of the Ozarks business, you're ready to start implementing these steps right away. If you're interested in learning exactly how our Lake of the Ozarks law firm can help safeguard your business, contact Gibbons Law Firm today! And remember, the first consultation with us is always free.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Friday, January 11, 2019

How to Identify Sexual Harassment at Work

Sexual harassment is a serious issue challenging the workforce across America. While this has been an issue for years and years, recent news stories and activists have brought this issue to the forefront. Sexual harassment has a damaging effect on your employees and company culture. Whether you are a business owner or an employee at a business, sexual harassment is a topic that should be taken very seriously. As your business attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know how important it is for sexual harassment incidents to be addressed right away. Learn more about the damaging effects of sexual harassment in the workplace and how to identify this type of behavior.


Identifying Sexual Harassment:

There are many forms of sexual harassment. Below are a few examples of common sexual harassment situations, to help you better identify this type of harassment in the future:

  • Touching someone in an inappropriate manner (brushing up against them, placing a hand on shoulder or back). 
  • Discussing sex or sexual acts with another employee. 
  • Kissing, hugging, punching, or grabbing someone you work with. 
  • Asking for sexual favors. 
  • Making uncalled for or sexual noises around another employee. 
  • Asking about the sexual history of a co-worker. 
  • Showing sexual photographs or objects.
  • Insulting someone's clothing or appearance. 
  • Threatening an employee if they refuse sexual advances or favors. 



Types of Sexual Harassment:

The federal law classifies two primary forms of sexual harassment in the workplace:

  • A Hostile Work Environment results when a person or group of people are made to feel uncomfortable at work. No physical contact has to be made to create a hostile work environment. A sexual joke or comment can certainly lead to a hostile work environment. 

  • The Quid Pro Quo is when an employees' work status is threatened or changed due to a sexual advance or favor. If someone is being hired, promoted, or fired contingent upon their willingness to submit to sexual advances or perform a sexual favor, it is quid pro quo harassment. 
Sexual harassment should not be taken lightly. It's vital for your business to take action and address the issue right away. If you notice any of the above behaviors of sexual harassment, even if it does not involve you, report the issue right away. If you are the business owner or HR manager that receives a report of sexual harassment, prompt action is required. If you are worried about your business being sued for sexual harassment in the workplace near the Lake of the Ozarks, contact a lawyer right away. A legal professional can offer advice on how to take the proper steps to put an end to the harassment and help protect your business from further legal steps against you. For more information about sexual harassment in the workplace, contact Gibbons Law Firm at 573-348-2211.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Common Reasons the Divorce Rate Spikes After the Holidays

As the holiday season comes to a close, the divorce rate is typically on the rise. There are a number of reasons the rate of divorce goes up this time of year. As your experienced divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know divorce is a very emotional process and those emotions are high this time of year if you are thinking about divorcing your spouse.



For some, the holidays are a joyous time with friends and family. For someone considering a divorce, it can be an emotionally draining time of year. The holidays can be a make or break time as a divorce is contemplated. Take a look below to learn about some of the common reasons the holiday season leads to many divorces.

Put It Off

Many couples decide to put off divorce until after the holidays. This may make it a little easier to get through the holiday season with fewer questions about their relationship from friends and family. It can also be tough on children to have a divorce right before the holidays and many parents may think it is better for their family if they wait to announce their divorce until the holiday festivities have concluded.

Reflection

The new year is typically a time for setting goals and reflection upon the past year. While many couples probably don't set a resolution to get divorced, they may set new goals for their personal or professional life. If they look back upon the past year and aren't happy, they may believe their partner is one of the reasons they aren't where they would like to be and divorce may seem like the solution for their unhappiness.

Flaws are Revealed

The holidays are a time of year when a couple is forced to plan and work together. From shopping for gifts to planning time with your families, it can be stressful on any relationship. If you have flaws in your marriage, this time of year may bring those to the surface.

Last Ditch Effort

If you and your spouse are trying to make it work, you may have decided to continue to work on your marriage and stay together through the holiday season,. This may be an attempt to rekindle your relationship during the holidays - which are typically a time of joy and celebration.

Now that you know why this time of year can put extra strain on your marriage, you can decide if you are willing to work through your issues or if you are ready to file for divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney can help, if you have decided to file for divorce. From the initial filing paperwork to deciding upon child custody, Gibbons Law Firm can help you through the entire divorce process. If you are ready to end your marriage, give us a call today to learn what your next steps will be.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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