Investing in real estate with an IRA, 401(k) or other retirement plan can be a powerful way for you to diversify your retirement portfolio. With social security dwindling, investors may look into hard assets so their retirement funds are not only reliant on the performance of publicly-traded securities.

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Boulder has long been known for its breathtaking mountain views, obsession with the outdoors and support of the entrepreneurial spirit. Now, the Colorado mountain town is making a name for itself as the food-startup-hub.

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You’re interested in buying or investing in a business. Congrats! That’s a big step. But, first thing’s first: Do your homework before putting an offer on the table. And, the first step? Ask questions — lots of them.

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28 states — plus the District of Columbia — have legalized marijuana.

Full legalization is spreading, and it’s not impossible for more states to get on the bandwagon and marijuana to become legalized federally.

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This is probably one of the questions we are asked the most.

If you’ve been notified about a lawsuit, you can choose to respond to the summons/complaint, or choose to not respond. The right route for you really depends on the case.

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You might wrongly consider that only old people have to deal with the rather unpleasant task of preparing a will. As gloomy as the perspective of passing away is for every living soul, death is an inherent part of life. Often, it comes unexpectedly, leaving your loved ones with all pragmatic matters unattended. In fact, the occurrence of dying intestate (without having a will) is a common problem among people around the world. The famous writer Stieg Larsson, the author of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, for instance, has passed away with no will and all his estate went to his parents, not his partner.

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You might be tempted to seal a deal with a simple handshake. After all, redacting business documents and going through all the legal procedures just slow things down. If there is one thing you can’t afford to waste as a small business owner is time, right?

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Death is a disturbing event no matter the circumstances. But when it comes to a death in the family, the grief and distress of losing a loved one comes with a certain amount of responsibility.

The sadness you might feel when someone dies seems to be predominant. But in case you are in charge in the aftermath, then your focus has to move from your heart to your mind, at least for the first few days.

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At any point in doing business, whether you’re an established company, an entrepreneur or a start-up, you are bound to have to communicate ideas, confidential information and even trade secrets. But how can you be sure that what you share with another party allows you to further your business goal, instead of conflicting with or even killing it?

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If you’re an adult, you’ve probably signed at least one contract during your lifetime. But what is a contract? People sign them all the time, but contract law can be surprisingly complex, and there are attorneys and legal firms that specialize in this branch of legal services. For almost anyone, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of what a contract is, how it is legally defined, and what renders a contract valid or invalid.

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Record sealing is the process of concealing or destroying court records in some cases that would otherwise be publicly available. When a record is sealed, no one can view it without a court order. If you have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction, or if you have an arrest record for charges that were later dismissed, it may be in your best interest to remove this from your record. There are two ways to do this: expungement and record sealing. 

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When people pass away, they use a will to confer their assets and belongings to friends and family members. But there are two different kinds of will: a living will, and a last will and testament. Both documents communicate information that the person cannot, but they differ in the agent, the time they take to take effect, and their purpose. 

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Lawsuits and criminal cases aren’t the only situations where you could benefit from consulting with an attorney. There are many common, everyday situations in which you may need legal counsel to help you make the best possible decision, defuse a problem, or understand your legal rights. 

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Every business type is governed by zoning regulations that determine where it can and cannot be built. For example, there are strict zoning requirements regarding adult stores and schools; few parents want their children walking past explicit content every day, so these businesses cannot be located within a certain distance of a school. However, zoning also applies in business and residential areas and can be federally mandated or regionally specific. Keep reading to learn what small businesses need to know about zoning in Colorado before buying that perfect property.

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More businesses than ever are scrambling to harness the power of customer reviews. Can you blame them? Almost 90 percent of customers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation, and 85 percent of customers read as many as 10 reviews when they're searching.

People want reassurance that they're making a good choice when they buy, and including reviews and testimonials is an easy way for businesses to add content and increase conversions on their website. But what legal steps do businesses need to take when collecting customer reviews and testimonials? What permission do they need, and what incentives can they create? Keep reading to find the answers to all these questions and more.

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People love the novelty of living like a local. Travelers can now authentically experience local culture, enjoy more lodging options than ever before, and get substantially lower rates by booking a short-term rental through online platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. The popularity of these new websites also has given homeowners new opportunities to capitalize on their property and to generate additional income.

Locals, however, are not always so thrilled to welcome partygoing visitors into their streets and neighborhoods. It's understandable that the surge of short-term rentals in Denver has given rise to many concerns. It took two years, but on June 13, 2016, the Denver city council passed an ordinance to regulate and monitor short-term rentals in Denver, officially giving homeowners the go-ahead to rent out their primary residence starting July 1, 2016. As a visitor to the city, it's important to be aware of the new legislation in order to be fully compliant with local law.

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As a business owner, you've worked countless hours to develop a successful brand, an identity that your target market identifies with, and ideas that enable you to stand out in your industry. Whether your company is big or small, however, your brand and ideas might not be immune to theft even so. Since picking up the pieces and rebuilding your identity after it has been copied, weakened, or stolen can prove to be an insurmountable challenge, it's best to put safeguards in place from the start. Discover six effective steps to protect your brand and ideas from copycats.

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Senior citizen discounts are so commonplace that we rarely consider whether they might be considered discriminatory. Is it legal and ethical to offer special pricing based on nothing but a broad age group? Or are senior discounts a form of age discrimination? Like most legal and ethical issues, the question is not as simple as it seems on the surface. 

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Acting as the executor of an estate is no easy task. Many of the responsibilities that accompany this role can be both time consuming and emotionally draining, particularly if you are also grieving the recent loss of a parent. Named executors do have the right to turn down the job if they don't feel comfortable performing the necessary duties. However, it is an extremely important job that must be taken on by someone who is willing to honor their parent by putting their affairs in order in accordance with their final wishes.

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