How Long Should I Keep Those Business Documents?

How Long Should I Keep Those Business Documents?

– Darrell Cartwright

It’s a paper world.  In your business and even in your personal life you have documents that seem to just accumulate. When it’s spring cleaning time, do you just throw caution to the wind and throw all of them out? How about scanning all of the documents to your computer’s hard drive, hopefully backed up properly to the Cloud or to another safe location, and then destroy the underlying document? Continue reading

Holiday Business People

There is something genuine that shines through the upcoming holidays—whether it’s a time of personal thanksgiving, or celebrating a long-awaited gift from God. In the flurry of preparations, sometimes the light is quenched by the press of Black Friday, or Cyber Monday. But even behind these retail extravaganzas there are real people taking and filling orders, waiting on you at the cash register, and serving your food. Yes, there are business owners hoping to bring their balance sheets into the black, but behind this activity are parents, spouses, children and the hope for the genuine that shines through the activity. Continue reading

AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF CURE

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

-Morris Wade Richardson

Benjamin Franklin’s axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly applicable to business continuation and succession plans. When problems arise between or among business owners, key employees, and other investors, provisions in the governing documents of the organization should help prevent unintended or catastrophic consequences to the business due to unresolvable disagreements. This is particularly true in family owned and closely held businesses where any number of personal or relational issues can interfere and cause disruption of an ongoing business concern. Continue reading

THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS

A Constitutional Analysis

-Morris Wade Richardson

Lawyers, being lawyers, have argued that the title of this article, a line from Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part II, was somehow meant by Shakespeare “as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.” Indeed, at least one United States Supreme Court justice has expressed this “complimentary point of view.” Justice John Paul Stevens, in his dissent in Walters v. National Ass’n of Radiation Survivors, complained about the majority’s “apparent unawareness of the function of the independent lawyer as a guardian of our freedom.” Referencing Shakespeare’s famous line, he wrote: “That function was, however, well understood by Jack Cade and his followers, characters ……

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4/24/2015

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