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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: CARROLL’S KITCHEN

This spring, the Forrest Firm ran its first non‐profit challenge, where the firm committed to pro bono startup packages for five winning non‐profit organizations in the early stages of the business life cycle. Our second winner to… Read More

RAISING FINANCIALLY PRUDENT CHILDREN

By Cory Howes Before I practiced law, I served families and businesses as a financial advisor. Time and again, I’d work with parents who had spent a lifetime saving for purchases and major… Read More

ATTORNEY LESLIE LASHER JOINS FORREST FIRM

August 15, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based business law firm and certified B Corporation, announces the addition of attorney Leslie Lasher. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2016, the Forrest… Read More

WHAT WE NEED MOST: THE LIVING WILL

By Cory Howes With estate planning, people incorrectly assume that they’re sitting down with lawyers and financial advisors to prepare for what happens after they die. But many aspects of estate planning pertain… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: NOCDOC

It’s no secret that we like to work with entrepreneurs here at the Forrest Firm. The best entrepreneurs think differently about growing their businesses, often providing a common product or service (think: defined… Read More

ATTORNEY DAVID MORRIS JOINS FORREST FIRM

July 1, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based business law firm and certified B Corporation, announces the addition of attorney and strategist David Morris. Celebrating its fifth anniversary in… Read More

CHOOSING A BUSINESS ENTITY: THE LLC

By Jeff Wolfe One of our key practice areas at the Forrest Firm is helping entrepreneurs and executives with matters of business entity formation or transition. Business leaders have a lot of… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: CAPE FEAR WOMEN IN TECH

This spring, the Forrest Firm ran its first non‐profit challenge, where the firm committed to pro bono startup packages for five winning non‐profit organizations in the early stages of the business life… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: GOODBOOKEY

Our regular readers may have noticed a recurring theme over the last five years, especially amplified of late—the Forrest Firm’s commitment to companies that want to benefit the public. In the last few weeks,… Read More

ATTORNEY AARON GARD JOINS FORREST FIRM

APRIL 13, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) James Forrest, founder and principal attorney at the Forrest Firm, P.C., announces the addition of attorney Aaron Gard to advise the firm’s diverse roster of business clients in North… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: LEADERSHIP EDGE

https://forrestfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Leadership-Edge-Overview-SD.mp4   By Jesse Jones In honor of our firm’s fifth anniversary, you’ll see that we’re engaging in a number of community initiatives throughout 2016. Right now, the spotlight rests on the non-profit… Read More

HOW CAN I START A NON-PROFIT?

By Jeff Wolfe In celebration of the Forrest Firm’s fifth anniversary, we are highlighting the communities we serve. A key ingredient to any thriving community is the presence of non-profits, organizations specifically purposed… Read More

ESSENTIALS OF ESTATE PLANNING

By Cory Howes When people hear the term “estate planning,” many immediately think of estate tax planning. Others think “get a Will” and that is all they need. While planning for estate taxes… Read More

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BASICS: COPYRIGHTS

By John Lindsey In the first article of this three-part series, Intellectual Property Basics, we explored what most businesses need to know about patents and trade secrets. In this week’s post, let’s… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: LUMINAS STRATEGY

By James Forrest I’ve spent the last decade working with a great variety of business leaders across multiple industries in the Triangle and North Carolina. We’re blessed with a diverse economy here in… Read More

FORREST FIRM CLIENT LANGSTON OPENS SECOND RALEIGH CHICK-FIL-A

[youtube id=”KZ47ZIgdZPM” width=”675″ height=”378″ autoplay=”no” api_params=”” class=””]One of the feel-good stories of the year keeps getting better, as Forrest Firm client David Langston opens his second Chick-fil-A location this week in Raleigh. The new store… Read More

USING CUSTOMER LOGOS ON YOUR WEBSITE

By Jeff Wolfe In the course of our practice, working with businesses of all sizes and stages, we often face questions about proper use of customer names and logos on our clients’ websites… Read More

DEALING WITH A NON-PERFORMING PARTNER

By James Forrest and Jeff Wolfe Our clients at the Forrest Firm range from young startups to well-established, long-standing companies, and everything in between. They vary in size, type, years in… Read More

WHO IS RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS?

By Lea Strickland In every business, there are activities and tasks that the owner, manager, founder, or key executives don’t like to do, don’t know how to do, or just don’t want to do. Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: MAUPIN TRAVEL

By James Forrest With so many startups and new tech companies popping up in the Triangle, it’s easy to overlook the long-standing businesses that have survived decades of change in our community. While high growth… Read More

GAUGING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EMAIL DISCLAIMERS

By James Forrest Email disclaimers—we’ve all seen them, just below the sender’s email signature, taking up valuable screen space on our computer/tablet monitors.  Many of you reading this post may have seen more than a… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: AP REESE

By James Forrest The best business ideas are those centered on solving a real problem for people, setting the focus of the company on its customers. Such is the case of AP Reese, a company… Read More

SOULE STRENGTHENS TIES WITH FORREST FIRM

December 4, 2014 (DURHAM, NC) James Forrest, founder and principal attorney at the Forrest Firm, P.C., announces the addition of attorney Mimi Soule in an of counsel role to advise the firm’s diverse roster of… Read More

CHOOSE INVESTORS WISELY

BY JAMES FORREST Many of our clients at the Forrest Firm fall into the categories of small businesses, startups, or both. Small and early-stage businesses often have many of the same risk management concerns… Read More

STAY OUT OF COURT: AVOIDING THE LAWSUIT

BY JAMES FORREST We talk about a broad range of topics in this space, designed primarily to educate our readers on the ever-changing legal landscape.  Well, some things never really change.  One of those eternal… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: AMERICAN UNDERGROUND

By James Forrest                       We’ve discussed many times in this space how fortunate we are to be in a great area like the Triangle, a great place to live and work.  But that good fortune… Read More

BUSINESS CAPITAL BASICS: ISSUING SECURITIES

By Jeff Wolfe In the first three installments of our Business Capital Basics Series for startups and small businesses, we’ve explored some interesting topics like the different types of financing available (equity, debt, and… Read More

LINDSEY JOINS FORREST FIRM

September 9, 2014 (DURHAM, NC) James Forrest, founder and principal attorney at the Forrest Firm, P.C., announces the addition of attorney John C. Lindsey as of counsel to advise the firm’s diverse roster of… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: SALEKTIV

By James Forrest At the Forrest Firm, we have the pleasure of working with a great client roster filled with a healthy mix of startups and mature businesses.  In the recently-launched Salektiv, an… Read More

WOLFE JOINS FORREST FIRM

April 3, 2014 (DURHAM, NC) James Forrest, founder and principal attorney at the Forrest Firm, P.C., announces the addition of attorney Jeffrey R. Wolfe to advise the firm’s growing roster of business clients in North… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: ALIZARIN GALLERY

By James Forrest The Durham art scene welcomed its newest member this past December, with the birth of Cathy Crumpton’s Alizarin Gallery.  A former life sciences executive, Crumpton brings an executive’s big-picture thinking, as well… Read More

DATA SECURITY: DON’T BE THE NEXT TARGET

Very few businesses are immune from the possibility of a serious data breach. From recent headlines, everyone has seen or felt the impact of 70 million people potentially affected by the recent data breach at… Read More

FORREST FIRM SUPPORTS DOWNTOWN RALEIGH ALLIANCE

The Triangle business community has continued to thrive during weakened national economic conditions due to a variety of factors, chief among them the fact that local businesses have supported each other and kept their hard-earned… Read More

NEW NC LLC STATUTE TAKES EFFECT IN 2014

By James Forrest One of our core practice areas at the Forrest Firm is advising companies in matters pertaining to corporate formation.  In the course of our work, we help our clients find and execute… Read More

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE FORREST FIRM

By James Forrest I’d like to extend special thanks to the many people who have made 2013 so special for the Forrest Firm.  Our clients, friends, and business partners are some of the region’s finest,… Read More