June 2

“Legalese,” the Plain English Movement and Good Drafting

Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen has over 30 years of experience as a lawyer. He earned his law degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master of laws degree in Agriculture and Food Law from the University of Arkansas.

Cohen is an accomplished writer, having authored six articles for the Am.Jur. Proof of Facts series, including one on piercing the corporate veil. He has also published two mystery novels.

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“Legalese,” the Plain English Movement and Good Drafting Contract law is the foundation of business. Unfortunately, many lawyers draft contracts in “Legalese” – they fill their documents with archaic terms, redundancies, awkward phrases, ambiguities, and worthless boilerplate. This increases the likelihood of misunderstandings and decreases the productivity of everyone associated with the transaction. Moreover, the.

May 28

Corporate Fiduciary Duties — Owed in Family or Conglomerate

Corporate Fiduciary Duties — Owed in Family or Conglomerate

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Are there still fiduciary duties  in a family owned or “closely held” business in Nebraska? Are they different or relaxed because the stockholders all happen to be related to management? The answer is yes, there are fiduciary obligations, and no, they are not different or relaxed. The law does not distinguish between fiduciary duties applicable to a.

April 1

Avoiding discriminatory questions by small businesses in job interviews

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Small business owners looking to hire new employees in Nebraska can easily get tripped up by local, state and federal laws regulating employment practices.  Generally, once employers have 15 or more employees, employment discrimination becomes an issue for small businesses. The laws regulating employment practices apply to the entire employment cycle, beginning with hiring.  Interviewing.

March 20

EEOC Challenges Terms of Employer’s Release in Proposed Severance Agreement

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Many employers offer severance to terminated employees, provided the employee signs a severance agreement or release. By doing so, the employer hopes to obtain closure and avoid litigation by the employee against the company. Unfortunately, some recent enforcement proceedings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are resulting in exactly the opposite: litigation over the terms.

October 14

Ben Thompson quoted in the Midlands Business Journal regarding business formation issues

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Attorney Ben Thompson was quoted in an article in the October 11, 2013 issue of the Midlands Business Journal regarding the importance of anticipating the type and applicability of government regulation of a new business.  “Regulations cost businesses money, so the business plan needs to anticipate the cost of complying with federal, state and local.

October 16

Attorney Gene Eckel Receives AV Peer Review Rating

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Thompson Law Office is pleased to announce that Gene M. Eckel, an attorney with the firm, has received Martindale-Hubbell®’s AV Peer Review Rating.  This rating is bestowed on distinguished attorneys after an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar and Judiciary.  “The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings are a complimentary service to the bar.

October 16

Maintaining S-Corporation Status

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Gene Eckel

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Gene Eckel is a member of the Apartment Association of Greater Omaha & Lincoln, National Apartment Association, and the American Apartment Owner’s Association.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Many new and existing businesses today are S Corporations. S Corporations are popular because they provide several advantages to the shareholders. One of the best known advantages is the “pass-through” taxation. Pass-through taxation allows the profits and losses of the S Corporation to flow directly to the shareholders, where they are only taxed once. In.

August 21

Attorney Nick Halbur to speak on business succession planning

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Building or sustaining a business over the course of a career creates significant value that will necessarily be tested in times of transition or crisis. Whether a business will be taken over by key employees or family members those individuals will need a plan for succession and the tools that make that transition a success..

June 7

Omaha small businesses #1 fastest growing nationwide

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Courtesy of Thumbtack.com: Omaha small businesses are nation’s #1 fastest-growing, most optimistic Male entrepreneurs supported better than female entrepreneurs “The local government supports small businesses with ease of information, yet I see no state-sponsored programs for networking.  It would also help to have more incentives for small businesses.” – General contractor, Omaha San Francisco, CA,.

May 21

Attorney Ben Thompson’s article on liens published in The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine

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Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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How do you pronounce the word “lien”? Attorney Ben Thompson has published an article providing a general overview of liens, including types of liens, sources of liens, and methods for enforcing liens. It also takes the position that “lien” should be pronounced with one syllable, not two.  The articles is published in the May/June 2012 issue of The Nebraska.