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Schaffer Law Firm welcomes new Associate Attorney

Originally published in the Nashville Post On the Move: November 13, 2018. Nashville-based Schaffer Law Firm has added Landon Breazeale, a former intern at the firm who has been hired on as an Associate Attorney. Breazeale most recently held positions as an attorney with the State of Tennessee and a business manager for TBI Airport Management in Macon, Georgia. In …

Food Truck Blog Nashville Law

Starting and Running a Food Truck Business

Originally published in the October/November 2018 issue of the Nashville Bar Association Journal Author: Rachel Schaffer Lawson Introduction It seems anywhere you go in Nashville these days you will happen across a food truck or two loitering at a local business or parked downtown.  Indeed, almost any local Nashville event has a gaggle of mobile food options as the primary …

Tax Credits and Incentives for Businesses

If you are one of the 5.5 million businesses in the U.S., tax season is right around the corner for you (again!). The question is: are you paying too much or leaving money on the table?  We recently partnered with David Albrecht of Abundant Business Solutions to discuss business tax credits.  One of the most surprising things we learned is …

First Year Tax Deductions

First Year Tax Deductions

As business owners ourselves, we know how important it is to stay on top of taxes and to make the process as easy as possible to file accurately and on time. At Schaffer Law Firm, we complete a third quarter fiscal review with our accounts each year to understand where we stand with our taxes. Most importantly, this helps us …

LAW & WORTDER - Trademark Law Unit

LAW & WORTDER: ADVERTISING LAW FOR CRAFT BEER

As with all things surrounding the world of alcohol, advertising and marketing for craft beer is highly regulated.  The first thing you need to know before embarking on a marketing or advertising campaign for your beer is the rules. First, you will want to check with the alphabet soup of federal agencies: the TTB, FTC and FDA.  Then you will …

How to get a liquor license in Tennessee

How To Get A Liquor License in Tennessee

If you are starting a hospitality business and want to sell alcohol you are going to need to understand the ins and outs of getting a liquor license.  This article will focus on selling alcoholic beverages of 10.1% ABV or higher (i.e. wine and spirits, NOT beer). If you are wanting to sell beer (i.e. hard ciders, hard sodas and …

How To Get A Beer Permit In Nashville, Tennessee

How To Get A Beer Permit In Nashville, Tennessee

If you are starting a hospitality business and want to sell beer, you are going to need to understand the ins and outs of getting a beer permit. Getting a beer permit is complicated by the fact that the sale and distribution of beer is governed by beer boards organized by city and county governments.  In this article we’ll focus …

LAW & WORTDER - Trademark Law Unit

Trademarks: What’s In A Name?

I’m sure it’s cheesy to start a blog with the phrase “what’s in a name?”, but I’m going to do it anyways. Not only is it a profound statement (seriously, ponder it for a moment), but it really sums up what this post is all about. The name and/or logo you choose for your business, products and services is critically …

5 years of Schaffer Law Firm

5 Lessons Learned In 5 Years of Business

Five years ago today, I “officially” started Schaffer Law Firm. I use quotations because, like most entrepreneurs, I had been thinking about it nonstop and preparing relentlessly for the day. I was a brand new baby lawyer at the time, having just been sworn into the Tennessee State bar only four months earlier, and I had just returned from New …

Think You Have Your Sh!t Together

I hear “I need to get my shit together” often. Of the myriad of reasons clients come to see me, I think that phrase pretty much sums it up. Clients want to get their business affairs legally in order. Some of them come to see me when they are just getting started. They want to start things off right.