Christina Schenk-Hargrove

Independent Contractors, Employees, and Interns, Oh My!

The day your business grows busy enough to consider hiring someone to help you is an exciting time. But it is also a time that can be fraught with worry and traps for the unwary.  It’s a big step that can land you in a shadowy forest of employment law, wage and hour...

Business Names, Logos and Trademarks

For many business owners, naming their business and designing a logo sounds like fun in the beginning, but can become complicated very quickly.  In truth, it’s an important step that is more about planning than fun, but that can grow into a valuable asset and a source...

What’s in a Waiver?

Liability waiver:  A legal contract intended to reduce the chance of a lawsuit being filed against you or your business, or to reduce the amount that can be recovered, by shifting liability for your negligence to your client.  Also called a "release," because the...
CARES Act for Dog Trainers

CARES Act for Dog Trainers

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has published a short guide to the programs and initiatives that...

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Contracts for online classes

Contracts for online classes

The sudden move to online dog training means dog trainers are learning a whole new set of technology and methods of communication.  With changes come new opportunities, but also new risks and potential problems. If you are moving your instruction online, you want to...

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