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Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

1/13/2014 - Angel Investors Blue Sky Laws Business Ownership Capital Requirements Common Stock Conversion Convertible Debt Dilution Dividends Liquidation Preemption Preferred Shares SEC Seed Financing Shareholder Votes Startups Venture Capital

Starting A Business In the United States? The Top 6 Things You Should Consider

In addition to the regular business start-up issues, foreign nationals who want to start or expand their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes...more

1/6/2014 - Business Formation Choice of Entity Corporate Financing Foreign Nationals Hiring & Firing Securities Visas

Lawyers Beware! A Con Artist is Just a Phone Call or Email Away

Everyone has either received, or knows someone who has received, an email from the relative of a deposed King (or Queen) of Nigeria where this royal relative is willing to pay you millions of dollars if you would only help...more

12/10/2013 - Scams

Looking for Ways to Improve Your Business? A List of Things Every Business Owner Should Do At the End of the Year

As a business owner, all year you have likely been running around acting as manager, capital raiser, developer, business generator, marketer, human resource manager and administrative assistant. Given the numerous roles, it...more

12/3/2013 - 401k Business Ownership Employee Benefits Healthcare Year-End Planning Year-End Tax Planning

Coming to America? Some Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs

Foreign nationals who wish to start their businesses in America often find themselves trying to navigate the complicated regulatory scheme that includes immigration law, SEC rules associated with raising capital, and...more

11/26/2013 - E-2 EB-5 Entrepreneurs Immigrants Investors SEC Visas

How To Develop an EB-5 Immigration Compliant Business Plan

For every Business Owner, Investor & Entrepreneur, the thought of putting together a business plan is very daunting but is often a necessary evil for those who want to succeed. There are a few popular Immigration Visas where...more

11/6/2013 - Compliance Corporate Counsel E-2 EB-5 Immigrants Investors L-1 USCIS Visas

When Applying for an E-2 Visa, Should You Apply For A Change of Status Or For the Visa at a U.S. Consulate?

An E-2 visa is a visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The visa is perfect for those who want to start a...more

10/24/2013 - E-2 Immigrants USCIS Visas

How Do You Prove Where the Money Comes From? The Source of Funds Requirement Explained for E-2 & EB-5 Visas

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners who wish to start a new business have two options. First, an E-2 visa is a non-immigrant (not a green card) visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to...more

10/16/2013 - E-2 EB-5 Entrepreneurs Non-Immigrant Visas USCIS Visas

Thinking of Investing in an EB-5 Regional Center? Some Things to Consider Top 10 Due Diligence Questions

The EB-5 Immigrant (Green Card) Investor Visa requires that you invest either $1,000,000 in a city settings, or $500,000 in rural settings, and in return, the U.S. Government will give you, your spouse and your children a...more

10/10/2013 - Due Diligence EB-5 Green Cards Investors Visas

Want to Start a Business in the U.S. and Obtain an E-2 Visa? What Does the Marginality Requirement Mean for an E-2 Visa

An E-2 Visa is a Visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The business can be large or small and in order to...more

10/7/2013 - Business Formation E-2 Entrepreneurs Margin Requirements Small Business Formation USCIS Visas

Study Group in Law School – Friend or Foe?

One factor that can contribute to success in your first year of law school is a good study group. When I was a law student, I had a great study group of two other classmates, and when you find the right group, the experience...more

10/4/2013 - Law School Students

EB-5 Regional Center Immigrant Investor Green Card – Friend or Foe?

The EB-5 Immigrant (Green Card) Investor Visa requires that you invest either $1,000,000 in a city settings, or $500,000 in rural settings, and in return, the U.S. Government will give you, your spouse and your children a...more

9/19/2013 - EB-5 Green Cards Immigrants Investors Visas

Want To Create American Jobs? Remove American Barriers To Immigration

While America is often called the land of opportunity, immigration law often serves as a barrier for many business owners and foreign entrepreneurs. In an editorial in The Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark...more

9/9/2013 - EB-5 Economic Development Entrepreneurs H1-B Immigrants Immigration Reform Job Creation USCIS Visas

How Large Does An Investment Have To Be For an E-2 Visa

An E-2 Visa is a Visa that is available for entrepreneurs, investors and business owners who wish to live in the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business. The business can be large or small and in order to...more

9/3/2013 - E-2 Immigrants Investment Funds USCIS Visas

Which Securities Law Exemption Should I Select? Regulation D – Rule 504, 505 & 506 Explained

If you want to raise capital by issuing stock, convertible notes or any other security in the United States you will quickly realize that you fall into a complicated web of securities regulations. To make matters even worse,...more

7/9/2013 - Compliance Exemptions Regulation D SEC Section 504 Section 505 Section 506

What Are The Immigration Consequences of the Fall of DOMA?

One of the key policy drivers behind Immigration law is family unification and several aspects of the law provide for preferential immigration treatment for spouses. ...more

7/2/2013 - Citizenship Civil Unions DOMA Equal Protection Green Cards Janet Napolitano Marriage Licenses Non-Immigrant Visas Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS Visas

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

6/14/2013 - E-Verify EB-1 EB-2 EB-5 Green Cards Immigration Reform STEM Undocumented Immigrants Visas

How Immigration Reform Will Impact Households Who Hire Nannies

Up until now much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million or so undocumented people in the country. Many in this group currently work as...more

5/21/2013 - Child Care Hiring & Firing Immigration Reform Undocumented Immigrants

Forming A Corporation? What Do “Corporate Formalities” Mean and How Difficult Are They To Implement?

When deciding on which business entity to select, a corporation is almost always one of the options considered. The primary reason is a Corporation solves the problem of potentially losing your personal assets by separating...more

5/1/2013 - Board of Directors Business Formation Bylaws Corporate Governance Corporate Veil Incorporation Shareholders

Do You Want to Start A Business? Top 10 Questions & Answers For Business Start-Ups

When starting a new business, our clients often have several questions and more often than not their questions are the same. This article summarizes some of key questions and answers that our clients have asked us....more

4/23/2013 - Foreign Nationals Incorporation Independent Contractors LLC LLPs S-Corporation SEC Startups Visas

Did You Apply For An H-1B Visa? H-1B Cap Already Reached! What to Do Now That The Cap Has Been Reached

H-1B Visa Cap Reached in First 5 Days – What Will Happen? Just as most experts predicted, the U.S. government just announced that it had received over 85,000 H-1B Visa applications and as such has already reached the...more

4/8/2013

Want to Start A Business In The U.S.? Which Immigration Visa You Should Select If You Are An Entrepreneur, Investor or Business...

Many foreign nationals who want to start a business in the United States have asked the lawyers at Scott Legal Services, P.C. to explain the different Visa options available to them. This article reviews four very popular...more

4/2/2013 - E-2 EB-5 Entrepreneurs H1-B Investors L-Visas Visas

H-1B Visa – Employers Should Expect The Cap Will Be Filled Quickly & Premium Processing Has Been Delayed

April 1 is fast approaching and almost everyone agrees that the H-1B cap will be filled very quickly this year. Recently, the government was added to the list of those who thought exactly this and announced as much to the...more

3/22/2013 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Convertible Debt As A Financing Tool – Friend or Foe? Advantages & Disadvantages From The Perspective of the Founder Of Using...

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Convertible Debt is one product that can be offered to Investors. While some consider Convertible Debt a great alternative to selling equity,...more

3/20/2013 - Asset Valuations Convertible Debt Investors Preferred Shares SEC

Top Questions From Start-Up Business Owners/Founders When Seeking Funding From Family & Friends

In the search for startup capital funding, family and friends can be a great source of financing as they will have a vested interest in your success, and they may be willing to take a chance on you that no bank or other...more

3/8/2013 - Covertible Debt Funding Investors Preferred Shares SEC Startups

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