Articles written for business leaders and business decision-makers to help them make better business and legal decisions.

Protect Your Million-Dollar Company with One Powerful Decision

This powerful decision will help you protect your million-dollar business by going beyond cutting costs to maximize your company's value. Usually, when it comes to legal services, you'll find that striking this delicate balance between cost and value is not easy, and will require you to foster a relationship with a business attorney.

Protect Your Million-Dollar Company with One Powerful Decision 2017-02-01T11:52:17+00:00

What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from Christopher Columbus

Imagine Christopher Columbus going on Shark Tank. What would that pitch have sounded like? Would Barbara Corcoran or Lori Greiner have given him a deal? I'm thinking probably not. For one thing, the risk he was taking was insane. But risk and reward often have a strong connection, if not an outright correlation. As an entrepreneur, like Columbus, you have to be willing to take huge risks if you want to make a world-changing impact.

What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from Christopher Columbus 2017-01-26T15:23:53+00:00

Using General Counsel Well: Three Tips for Entrepreneurs

Sometimes, entrepreneurs have no idea how to work with their General Counsel to protect and add real value to their business. You need to communicate with them about your needs. You need to be clear. You need to remember that they want to help you...

Using General Counsel Well: Three Tips for Entrepreneurs 2017-01-26T15:23:53+00:00

Staunching the Flow of Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Wallets

What is your business? Are you selling goods and services, or are you giving away goods and services? In other words, which comes first, charity or profit? Your bleeding heart doesn't have to bleed your wallet dry, but it will if you don't make the right choices, prioritize your activities, and rely on good professional guidance to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Staunching the Flow of Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Wallets 2017-01-26T15:23:54+00:00

The Maker-Trader Principle

The Maker-Trader Principle, as first stated by me, is: "You can do what you do, or you can do the business of what you do, but most people cannot do both well." Examine your role in your start-up. Are you a maker or a trader? If you are like most people, you're going to need to connect to either a maker or a trader--whichever you are not--if you want to successfully launch a start-up.

The Maker-Trader Principle 2017-01-26T15:23:54+00:00

Real Diversity is Invisible

Stop focusing on the visible, the superficial, which will inevitably lead you to make some kind of discriminatory decision. Instead, focus on real diversity, diversity of thought, which is invisible but far more important. If the culture of your business is one that encourages openness to new ideas, starting at the top of your organization, the atmosphere of inclusion and respect will demonstrate how much you appreciate everyone's point of view, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Isn't that supposed to be the goal of all efforts to promote workplace diversity?

Real Diversity is Invisible 2017-01-26T15:23:54+00:00

Improving the Most Important Aspect of Every Relationship

I think expectations are probably what make relationships most difficult to manage. In order to overcome these costly expectations, one must focus on improving the relationship with the person who must decide whether or not to trade with him. Improving a relationship--whether a personal or business relationship--usually comes down to one thing: communication.

Improving the Most Important Aspect of Every Relationship 2017-01-26T15:23:55+00:00

The ExecutiveLP™ Commitment to Affordability

ExecutiveLP™ understands that having options about how and when you pay for legal services can make the difference between having the preventive legal services when you need them, and having to pay too much because you waited too long. Read about our Six Months Same as Cash plan, Military Discounts, and our Commitment to Affordability Program.

The ExecutiveLP™ Commitment to Affordability 2017-01-26T15:23:55+00:00

Your 2016 New Year Solutions

This year, don't just make resolutions. Instead, actually focus on real solutions. Legal solutions, like Signet™ General Counsel legal services from ExecutiveLP™, are a necessary part of the support your business needs. Our Signet™ General Counsel legal service plan has been carefully crafted to be the can't-live-without, essential legal solution for small businesses in search of General Counsel at a reasonable price.

Your 2016 New Year Solutions 2017-01-26T15:23:56+00:00

Finding Value in the Multifaceted Role of General Counsel

Today, General Counsel attorneys do more than ever before for the companies they serve, because the need for excellent General Counsel has never been higher. In this article, learn how General Counsel attorneys bring value to your company by serving a diverse array of needs each company has.

Finding Value in the Multifaceted Role of General Counsel 2017-02-13T12:04:00+00:00

We Hate the Billable Hour and You Should Too

Executive Legal Professionals HATES the billable hour. Here are three reasons you should hate it too. Incentives matter, and minimizing use the billable hour has brought my incentives in line with my clients’ incentives and improved my ability to add value in the matters for which they have hired me.

We Hate the Billable Hour and You Should Too 2017-01-26T15:24:07+00:00

HALF

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell asks & answers: "Is Your Ex Entitled to Half Your Business," and discusses how to keep them from taking HALF.

HALF 2017-01-26T15:24:07+00:00

Preventive Law Tactics for Dealing With Angry Employees, Boycotts, and Bad Publicity

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell discusses how to prevent bad publicity, boycotts, and other issues involving angry (former) employees.

Preventive Law Tactics for Dealing With Angry Employees, Boycotts, and Bad Publicity 2017-01-26T15:24:12+00:00

Get Thee a Buy-Sell Agreement

Atlanta, GA--Business attorney Bradley Stephens, writing for Executive Legal Professionals, discusses buy-sell agreements and business succession.

Get Thee a Buy-Sell Agreement 2017-01-26T15:24:16+00:00

Considering Franchising Your Successful Business

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell introduces a new series of articles from Executive Legal Professionals focusing on considering franchising your business.

Considering Franchising Your Successful Business 2017-01-26T15:24:21+00:00

Business Formation: Forming a Corporation

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell, the National Center of Preventive Law Aspect of Practice Leader for Start-ups & Small Businesses, shares advice on forming a Corporation.

Business Formation: Forming a Corporation 2017-01-26T15:24:22+00:00

Business Formation: Forming a Partnership

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell, the National Center of Preventive Law Aspect of Practice Leader for Start-ups & Small Businesses, shares advice on forming a partnership.

Business Formation: Forming a Partnership 2017-01-26T15:24:22+00:00

Business Formation: Forming a Sole Proprietorship

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell, the National Center of Preventive Law Aspect of Practice Leader for Start-ups & Small Businesses, shares advice on forming a sole proprietorship.

Business Formation: Forming a Sole Proprietorship 2017-01-26T15:24:22+00:00

An Introduction to Business Forms

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell discusses the different types of business structures to help you find the one best suited for your business.

An Introduction to Business Forms 2017-01-26T15:24:23+00:00

Dispute Resolution and You: A Businessman’s Guide

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell, founder of Executive Legal Professionals, presents preventive steps for dispute resolution. If you need more help, call ELP at 615.669.6566 for consultation.

Dispute Resolution and You: A Businessman’s Guide 2017-01-26T15:24:24+00:00

Tips for Hiring an Attorney

Nashville, TN--Business attorney Noel Bagwell believes every business needs an accountant and a lawyer. Here are some tips you need to know about finding, interviewing, and hiring a good business lawyer. For the accountant, you're on your own.

Tips for Hiring an Attorney 2017-01-26T15:24:25+00:00

Have a Start-up? You need a good business lawyer.

Nashville, TN--Business Attorney Noel Bagwell discusses why putting a business lawyer on your team can make the difference between a healthy start-up and one that never launches or never reaches its full potential.

Have a Start-up? You need a good business lawyer. 2017-01-26T15:24:26+00:00

Improving Your Virtual Meetings

Nashville, TN--Business Attorney Noel Bagwell shares 5 tips to improve the quality of your virtual meetings, whether they be video conferences, conference calls, or online forum discussions.

Improving Your Virtual Meetings 2017-01-26T15:24:27+00:00

Employment Contracts in an At-Will Employment State

Nashville, TN--Business Attorney Noel Bagwell shares, in this article, why operating your business in an at-will employment state is a bad reason to choose not to use well-drafted employment contracts.

Employment Contracts in an At-Will Employment State 2017-01-26T15:24:27+00:00

Avoiding the Number One Property Management Mistake

Nashville, TN--Business Attorney Noel Bagwell shares how to avoid getting burned by using do-it-yourself leases, out-of-date leases, and making other bad legal decisions in your property management business.

Avoiding the Number One Property Management Mistake 2017-01-26T15:24:27+00:00