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4 Legal Compliance Items For The New Year

Posted on January 5, 2018
One of the most important roles of a business attorney is thinking about risk avoidance, with a goal that if bad things happen to your company, they aren’t as bad as they could have been. As we start a new year, here are four legal issues to double-check and update before something happens. File your ... CONTINUE READING

4 Common Legal Mistakes Made by Startups

Posted on June 28, 2017
One of the most rewarding aspects of my legal practice is working with small business startups. Every owner is beyond excited about their business concept, and it is so much fun listening to them explain how they plan on conquering the world. But what makes the work so rewarding is helping small business owners identify ... CONTINUE READING

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a Business

Posted on March 8, 2017
When you decide to buy a business, information comes at you like a fire hose. There are four critical legal questions to investigate as part of a business purchase. Taking the time to understand how these legal pieces fit into the ongoing operation of your business can save many headaches down the road. What am ... CONTINUE READING

Top 3 Legal Issues of Working in a Co-working Space

Posted on December 31, 2016
Working in a co-working space has a lot of advantages for startup entrepreneurs and members of the freelance economy: free coffee; shared services; professional meeting space; and collaborative discussions. Did I mention free coffee? But there are certain things about a small business owner working in a shared space with other people who are not part ... CONTINUE READING

What happens to federal set-aside contracts when the owner of the government contractor passes away?

Posted on November 26, 2016
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) have multiple programs where federal contracts can be “set-aside” for companies owned by certain classifications of persons. But what happens to those set-aside contracts when the certified owner of the company passes away, and someone different (such as a surviving spouse or child) becomes ... CONTINUE READING

FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Posted on September 30, 2016
Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts. Issue Date: September 30, 2016 Summary of the Amendment: Interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit Federal ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 30, 2016
This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small business (8a), woman-owned small business (WOSB/EDWOSB), or an SBA or VA certified veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB). I previously discussed how ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 14, 2016
It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the first of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink Partners with JDSupra Business Advisor

Posted on February 2, 2016
Attorney Adam Zuwerink and West Michigan Law are excited to partner with JDSupra Business Advisor in 2016 for the publication and dissemination of our original content, specifically tailored to our branded “GovCon Legal Services” focused on small business entities that contract with governmental entities. JDSupra is the leading information curator for content creators focused on the legal community, delivering daily content ... CONTINUE READING

Lessons from the DOD Procurement Management Review Program Annual Newsletter

Posted on January 25, 2016
The Department of Defense Procurement Management Review Team is tasked with analyzing and assisting the effectiveness of the DOD’s procurement and contracting function. The PMR team recently released its second annual newsletter highlighting their observations, best practices, and lessons learned, which can be applied across all federal departments and the private sector. “It All Comes Down ... CONTINUE READING