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Legal Impact of a Pandemic - Interview with John Mashni

Attorney John Mashni discusses several topics affecting Michigan businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during an interview with mConnexions' Principal Strategist, Julie Holton. Mashni offers some insight for businesses dealing with issues such as cybersecurity, contract enforcement, and employment. You can view the entire interview below. Please visit our Coronavirus Task Force Page for more resources related to this ongoing situation.


Categories: Compliance, Contracts, Cybersecurity, Employment, Tax

Three Steps to Forming a Charity or 501(c)(3) Organization

There are three general steps to forming a charity. If these steps have not occurred, your organization may not be tax-exempt and your donors may not be entitled to tax benefits. Below is a brief summary of the steps.  Read More ›

Categories: Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations

Why Public WiFi is a Health Hazard

In the age of the mobile device, public WiFi is something that most of us will regularly use; whether in a coffee shop getting some extra work done or just waiting in an office area. The risks of this "free" commodity, however, are coming in faster than security specialists can deal with them. Read More ›

Categories: Cybersecurity, Did you Know?, Digital Assets

Legal Essentials: Biggest Mistakes when Dealing with Copyrights

What is a copyright? A copyright is a form of intellectual property that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine and decide whether, and under what conditions, the original work may be used by others. Read More ›

Categories: Copyright, Intellectual Property

Legal Essentials: How to Select a Trademark for your Business

Planning on starting your own business? One of the first things that you should do is select a trademark. Read More ›

Categories: Copyright, Trademarks

Business Rap: Preventing Phishing Scams

On January 25, Foster Swift attorney John Mashni sat down for a discussion on Business Rap, a weekly radio show and podcast that features Mid-Michigan's brightest business owners and decision makers discussing business trends, challenges and politics affecting employers and business owners. Read More ›

Categories: Criminal, Cybersecurity, Did you Know?, Digital Assets

Business Rap: 2018 Nonprofit Trends

On January 16, Foster Swift attorney John Mashni sat down for a discussion on Business Rap, a weekly radio show and podcast that features Mid-Michigan's brightest business owners and decision makers discussing business trends, challenges and politics affecting employers and business owners. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Nonprofit, Tax

The Dangers of the DarkNet

When people think of the term "cybercrime", things like fraud and phishing scams commonly come to mind. Less known and discussed is the “DarkNet,” a digital underworld that is inaccessible to most and where illicit marketplaces exist for things like stolen identity information. Read More ›

Categories: Criminal, Cybersecurity

Business Rap: Starting a Nonprofit Side Hustle

On January 2, Foster Swift business attorney John Mashni sat down for a discussion with other business professionals on Business Rap, a weekly radio show and podcast featuring Mid-Michigan's brightest business owners and decision makers discussing business trends, challenges and politics affecting employers and business owners. Read More ›

Categories: Did you Know?, Nonprofit, Tax

Business Rap: Ransomware Survival Guide

With cyber attacks on the rise, one in four businesses will be at risk in the near future. Business owners now more than ever, need to take every precaution in the event of a breach. Read More ›

Categories: Cybersecurity, Did you Know?