You may be reading this because you just got sued. First of all, you’re far from alone. 20 million civil cases are filed in the United States each year and 36%-53% of small businesses are involved in at least one litigation in any given year.
If you just got sued, you probably have lots of questions, not the least of which is:
If something happened to you, what would happen to your business? It is essential for all small businesses to have a business succession plan in place, whether you plan to retire soon or not. A business succession plan ensures that all parties understand what will happen to the business in the event of your death or incapacity.
Most people know better than to comment on their accident, the extent of their injuries, and other things directly related to the accident. However, many people don’t consider the impact that even seemingly innocuous posts can have on their accident claim.
Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are getting more and more popular. As these rideshare cars begin to make up more of the vehicles on the road, they are bound to become involved in an accident.
People post a lot of information on social media that can be particularly useful in a litigation context—their comings and goings, current photos, life events, thoughts, and perceptions. In particular, divorce cases and personal injury cases tend to use social media evidence, due to the personal nature of those types of cases. They don’t ever imagine it could be used against them, so most people don’t consider the potential litigation impacts when they post.
Social media is an extension of our real lives and how we represent ourselves on social media can be just as important in our job search as how we present ourselves at a job interview. If you are job searching, take these steps before sending out another resume!
Home videos and photo albums have been replaced by our social media accounts; Grandpa’s record collection has been replaced by iTunes and other digital music. These can be important mementos after a loved one has passed. Just like physical items, a person can state intentions for their “digital assets” in will. In addition to emotional/sentimental value, financial stakes can be high. These can have real value, such as pages associated with artists, small businesses, etc. These pages risk losing significant revenue if they lose contact with customers.