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ESTATE PLANNING FOR NEWLYWEDS

By Cory Howes As we head into colder weather, many of us have wrapped up a special year attending the weddings of loved ones. If you were one of the lucky people to… Read More

SELECTING A GUARDIAN FOR MINOR CHILDREN

By Cory Howes Almost everyone knows that a key part of estate planning for parents of minor children involves selecting a guardian in the event that both parents die before their children reach… Read More

PROBLEMS WITH DESIGNATING BENEFICIARIES

By Cory Howes Designating beneficiaries is a common practice for asset distribution, and for good reason. Many of our clients utilize beneficiary designation, as several significant asset types, including life insurance policies, individual… Read More

ESTATE PLANNING: PROVIDING FOR YOUR PARENTS

By Cory Howes Perhaps you’ve heard of the “Sandwich Generation,” which includes many Baby Boomers. People in the sandwich generation are those that find themselves caring not only for their children, but also their… Read More

FORREST FIRM SPONSORS RECITY NETWORK

October 20, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based business law firm and certified B Corporation, is proud to announce its sponsorship of Durham non-profit ReCity Network. Read More

NC PROVIDES DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

By Leslie Lasher Late last week, the North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES), announced that workers, self-employed individuals and some business owners qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in the wake of… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: HELP KEEP HOPE

By James Forrest Back in April, we decided to run our firm’s first Non-Profit Challenge, where we’d take submissions from social entrepreneurs and award a chosen few (five, in honor of our… Read More

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVE ALLIES

You’ve read in this very space about some of Raleigh entrepreneur Donald Thompson’s ventures, such as I-Cubed, a maker of applications for engineering, web development and digital strategies firm iCIDIGITAL. One of his companies,… Read More

PUBLIC EMPLOYERS: FOLLOW YOUR POLICIES

By Leslie Lasher A standard piece of advice employment lawyers always give is to “follow your policy.” That tiny piece of advice just became a lot more important for public employers, as the… Read More

FORREST FIRM ANNOUNCES NACE PARTNERSHIP

September 6, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina-based business law firm and certified B Corporation, announces its partnership with the Triangle chapter of NACE, the National Association for Catering… Read More

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