STRATEGIC LEGAL ADVICE FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND NONPROFITS.

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How can we help you succeed?

Business Formation

Starting something new?  We can help you set it up.  From partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, to nonprofits, we can walk you through the process and help get you to your launch.

Nonprofit Law

It can be a challenge to navigate and comply with all of the legal requirements for tax-exempt organizations.  From corporate governance to lobbying, fundraising, organizational policies and procedures, reporting, grantmaking, and beyond, we can help take the worry out of compliance, so your nonprofit can focus on fulfilling its mission.

Corporate Law

You’ve got your business up and running, but there are ongoing corporate governance issues to deal with.  Need help with your corporate meeting minutes and resolutions, updating bylaws, or amending your operating agreement? 
We can provide it.

Business Transactions

Vendor contracts, independent contractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, licensing agreements, partnership agreements – these are just a few common examples of contracts that you may need to operate and protect your organization or business.  We can help draft, review, and negotiate on your behalf and make sure you understand what you’re signing.

Special Projects

You’re working on exciting things and we want to help. Planning an event? We can review venue and vendor contracts, assess insurance needs, manage risk, and even help keep it sustainable. Conducting a social media contest? We can draft the official rules and help navigate the laws that regulate sweepstakes, contests, and lotteries. Producing a video?  We can help ensure that your content is properly licensed and cleared.

Outside General Counsel

Your organization or company is growing and has more consistent legal needs.  For a flat monthly fee, we can serve as your go-to outside general counsel and provide you with guidance to meet your day-to-day legal needs.

PRICING

We understand that nonprofits and small businesses operate on a tight budget.  Hourly legal fees can add up to an unexpectedly large legal bill, which can be problematic for budgeting and your bottom line.  That’s why we offer reasonable hourly rates, flat-rate quotes, and payment plans for our services.  Contact us to receive a quote today.

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  • Protecting your brand is important and registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives you many benefits that you wouldn’t otherwise get with an unregistered (common law) trademark:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📃 It provides public notice because the mark is listed on the USPTO database⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📃 You get a legal right to enforce the mark in federal court⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📃 It provides a means of preventing importation of infringing products when registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📃 You can use it as a basis to register the mark in foreign jurisdictions (i.e., other countries)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#uspto #registeryourmark #trademarkapplication #protectyourIP #huilaw #IPtipthurs #smallbusinesslaw #trademarklaw #trademarkprosecution #entrepreneurs #protectyourbrand #202creates
  • Happy Tuesday, all!  I’ll be at @202Creates today for my office hours between 10AM-5PM.  You can schedule an appointment (link in bio) or walk-in to chat about your business legal questions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is my last Tuesday at 202Creates this September.  See you in October!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#202creates #creativeeconomy #legalconsult #entrepreneurship #officehours #create #seeyouinseptember #seeyouinoctober #huilaw
  • Some days when you’re in the thick of it and you’re looking at how effortless others’ success seems to be, just remember that real success never comes without hard work and challenges.  We’re just looking at the end result, not necessarily all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into making something a success.  All your hard work and perseverance will pay off in some way or another.  Keep going!  Keep believing!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#perserverance #success #motivationalmonday #motivationmonday #bizstone #twitter #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #embraceambition #huilaw #mondaymotivation #keepgoing #keepbelieving #bloodsweattears
  • Whenever a donor makes a contribution to a charity, they expect to receive a “tax receipt” for the contribution.  Charitable nonprofits should be familiar with what constitutes a proper tax receipt (a.k.a. “written acknowledgment” in IRS speak), so that they can correctly issue them to their donors.  If not done properly, the donor may have issues with claiming the tax deduction for the donation come tax time – not exactly good donor relations for the charity.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, what’s required?  The IRS requires a donor to provide a “contemporaneous, written acknowledgment of the contribution from the recipient organization” for any single contribution of $250+. It should include: (1) the name of the organization; (2) the amount of a cash contribution; (3) a description (but not the value) of a non-cash contribution; (4) if no goods or services were provided by the organization in return for the contribution, a statement saying so; (5) if goods or services were provided by the organization in return for the contribution, a description and good faith estimate of the value of goods or services provided; (6) if an organization provided only intangible religious benefits (as defined by the IRS) in exchange for the contribution, a statement saying so.  The charity can provide a separate written acknowledgment for each contribution of $250+ or one annual summary, detailing each contribution of $250+ and should do so at the time of the donation or at least before Jan. 31 of the following year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Requirements may differ depending a number of factors: the amount of the contribution; if the contribution is cash or non-cash (e.g., a car); the value of any goods or services received in return for the contribution (e.g., dinner); the type of benefits the donor receives (e.g., membership discounts) and other circumstances.  Check out the IRS’s Publication 1771: Charitable Contributions: Substantiation and Disclosure Requirements for specifics.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#nonprofittip #taxreceipts #501c3 #huilaw
  • One week from today!  The DC Bar Pro Bono Center will be holding its monthly Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic at the District Bridges (3400 11th St., NW, Ste. 200, Washington, DC).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’re a small business owner in need of some FREE legal advice, come to District Bridges on Wednesday, September 18, between 5PM and 7:30PM and meet one-on-one with a lawyer. You can get answers to questions about business formation, contracts, leases, taxes or any other legal matters related to running a small business. Please bring any documents relevant to the issues you wish to discuss. This is a walk-in clinic, but you can register online (link in bio). I will not be volunteering this month, but there will be plenty of capable attorneys on hand to help out.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#smallbusinessclinic #freelegal #volunteer #dcbar #briefadvicelegalclinic #entrepreneurship #legalquestions #huilaw
  • Taking a moment to think about those who were lost and those who lost on this day and because of this day 18 years ago.
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It’s one of those days where you remember where you were when you heard about it.  I was in a university classroom in Edmonton, Canada.  Fast forward 18 years later, I’ve lived on the east coast of the U.S. for 14 years now, much closer to where it all happened.  It has definitely made me feel more deeply about it, especially since I became a U.S. citizen last year.  We’re all affected by it in one way or another, whether we know it or not, but we must press on and look for the good things in life.  Like… birthdays.  It’s my mom’s birthday today, so happy birthday to her.
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#patriotday #september11 #remember #presson #letsroll #huilaw
  • When you’re starting an entrepreneurial journey, nothing seems certain.  It’s an adventure alright, and most of the time there is some daring involved.  We embrace it anyhow, because safe and secure has meant that we aren’t living in our purpose.  It takes guts to leave behind a “secure” job/situation, step out on our own, and pursue your purpose.  Here’s to all those who dare to go for it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#motivationalmonday #motivationmonday #hellenkeller #daringadventure #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #embraceambition #huilaw #mondaymotivation
  • Happy DC Startup Week, all!  Over the next 5 days, thousands of entrepreneurs in the DMV will gather at events across the city to connect, collaborate, share resources and celebrate our thriving ecosystem.  Don’t miss out – registration for events (while free) is limited.  Check out dcstartupweek.org for details.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • A trade secret is a form of intellectual property (IP) (but not a copyright, trademark, or patent). It usually consists of formula, pattern, physical device, idea, process or compilation of information that (1) provides the owner of the trade secret with a competitive advantage in the marketplace and (2) is handled in a way that would reasonably prevent others from learning about it, unless it is improperly acquired or stolen.
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The most famous trade secret?  The formula for Coca-Cola, of course; which is reportedly locked in a bank vault that cannot be opened without a resolution of its board of directors and only two employees can know it at any given time.  Other examples of trade secrets include recipes for cookies, marketing strategies, survey methods by professional pollsters, manufacturing techniques, and computer algorithms.
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Unlike other forms of IP, there is no registration process for trade secrets – a registration process would require disclosure and the secret would be out!  So how do we protect trade secrets?  You don’t need to lock everything in a bank vault that only Danny Ocean and his ensemble of highly-skilled heisters could ever break into, but you do need to implement reasonable security measures – think: marking documents as “confidential” and locking them in a secure place when not actively in use; restricting access to need to know personnel; proper security protocols to the physical premises or systems where they are kept; and, of course, requiring people to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
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#intellectualproperty #iptip #tradesecrets #legaltip #protectyourtradesecrets #competitive advantage #huilaw #entrepreneurship #smallbusiness #nondisclosure #getthatNDA

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INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

Like many small businesses and nonprofits, we want to do good in the world.  We believe that companies, including law firms, should be good corporate citizens.  That’s why we’re offering sustainability consulting services to the legal industry.  We can provide the tools that law firms need to better walk the talk and be responsible environmental stewards.

ABOUT

Tammy Hui, founder and principal of Tammy Hui Law + Strategy, PLLC, is an experienced attorney and business advisor.  Prior to starting her own practice, Tammy served as in-house counsel to a preeminent environmental nonprofit for eight years.  Being embedded in the day-to-day operations of a dynamic global nonprofit provided deep insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations looking to solve tough societal and global issues.  She also has experience working at a growing technology company and her family’s multiple small businesses.  Tammy serves to help her clients start up and build their nonprofits and small businesses, and ultimately to reach their most lofty goals.

Tammy received her JD/MBA from Western New England University and earned a Bachelor of Commerce, with a concentration in international business, from the University of Alberta.  She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Virginia, and State of New York.

CONTACT

  • Tammy Hui Law + Strategy, PLLC
  • 1325 G Street NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20005
  • info@tammyhuilaw.com
  • (202) 930-5577

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