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Mitch Jackson aka The Streaming Lawyer

Mitch Jackson enjoys combining law, social media and technology to disrupt, hack, and improve his clients’ companies, causes, and professional relationships. He’s an award-winning 2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year and 2013 California Litigation Lawyer of the Year who was recently profiled at INC.com and shared marketing tips from the stage at the 2017 Tony Robbin’s Business Mastery Event in Las Vegas to an audience of 2,000.

Mitch is an early adopter of livestreaming and has spoken at the New York, San Francisco, Los Angles Periscope Summits (Summit.live), and Social Media Day San Diego. He has also appeared on live video shows with Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, Seth Godin, Peter Diamandis, and Gary Vaynerchuk and his weekly live video show, TheShow.live, is one of the longest running weekly live video shows on the Internet.

Mitch is a consulting expert in the new book “Shame Nation” by Sue Scheff with the forward by Monica Lewinsky (out Oct 3rd) and also a consulting expert in the California State Bar’s “Effective Introduction of Evidence in California- Chapter 54 Electronic and Social Media Evidence.” His Facebook group, StopDD.today is a leading community and resource to help raise awareness as to the dangers of distracted driving.

His global LegalMinds mastermind group is a cutting-edge community  designed to show professionals how to embrace social media, show their human side, and expand their brand and top-of-mind awareness from local to global. Get on Mitch’s weekly LegalMinds newsletter and please refer to the links at the top of this page for speaking and interviews.

Sexual Harassment on Social Media and the #MeToo Movement

Over the past three years, I’ve had about a dozen people reach out to me about being sexually harassed relating to their social media businesses and platforms. With more and more brave victims coming out to share their #metoo experience, I thought this post needed to get written.

Social media conference attendees have contacted me about after hours “one on one” business meetings turning into sexual assaults. Two spouses have reached out for help in protecting their rights after finding out their husbands went “Weinstein” at a conference. On the other side of the coin, I’ve also had multiple people reach out who were wrongfully accused of sexual harassment and assault at social media conferences.

While names like Weinstein, Franken, Moore, Trump, Louis C.K., Ratner, and Spacey (just to mention a few), are what most people hear each night on the evening news, I believe we have similar problems in our social media communities. Although I haven’t heard about anyone I know on social media being banned from the local mall, I am seeing some bad dudes doing bad things to women. I have a feeling you have too.

Sexual harassment in the workplace is a big deal. I also think it’s a problem for many people doing business on social media. Although the offline laws do not apply in the same way to this online misconduct, I don’t think it’s difficult to notice the similarities in the end result. Because I’ve always thought that conversation is good, I want to start a conversation and encourage more dialog with you about sexual harassment on our social media business platforms.

One more thing. Almost all of the incoming calls I get concerning sexual harassment involve female victims. As such, I’m writing this post with them in mind. Please keep in mind that I understand that anyone can become a victim when it comes to sexual harassment.

Also, please note that while I am a California lawyer, I’m not your lawyer. No legal advice is being given in this post. What I am trying to do is give you something to think about. I want to give you some ideas and tools to be part of the solution and to help fix this problem.

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Legal Tips for Airbnb Hosts

There are more than 150M Airbnb users around the world. They are housed by 640,000 hosts who share opportunities on 4M listings. The company value of Airbnb is around $31B.

Airbnb is a big business and growing more each day. Regardless of whether you’re already a host or thinking about getting started, there are a few things you need to know about liability insurance coverage.

Initial Questions

Understanding that the average income from an Airbnb rental is about $14K/year, you may want to think twice before dipping your toe into the Airbnb sandbox. When weighing the risks of liability exposure with the benefits of generating income, here are some things you should keep in mind.

Several initial questions include:

What will happen if someone is seriously injured on your Airbnb property?

What if a criminal act takes place on your Airbnb property?

The answers to these questions and more are shared below.

What You Need to Know About Host Protection Insurance (HPI)

Airbnb now offers hosts (you) insurance. It wasn’t always that way.

In the United States, you are covered with up to $1M in liability insurance if a guest is injured on your Airbnb property. This may also cover accidental loss to surrounding property (a guest lets the bathtub overflow causing water damage to the wood floors in the apartment below). The HPI is applicable in the US but also applies to a Airbnb properties in several other countries.

What’s Not Covered and Exclusions

Often the Airbnb HPI coverage will not cover losses caused or experienced by people who arrive early or depart late. Your own personal liability insurance will apply, if you have it.

Pro Tip: Check with your insurance provider to make sure your homeowner or umbrella coverage will cover you if the Airbnb does not.

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How To Save a Ton of Money Setting Up a LLC or Corporation

Properly setting up a new LLC or Corporation is much more than just filling out a few forms. In fact, a substantial amount of time, strategy, and planning is required.

If you follow me online, have watched my interviews or listened to me speak from the stage, you know that I insist that all my clients do business online as either an LLC or a Corporation. In this video, I show you an easy way to create your LLC or Corporation the right way and to keep it running safely year after year.

You can do it yourself, keep your fingers crossed and hope you make all the right decisions. Or, you can get an experienced lawyer to counsel you and help set everything up. After you create your new business, this same law firm will be there to help keep things running smoothly year after year.

My suggestion is to get a LegalShield membership (less than the costs of a cup of coffee each day) and have your lawyer help you set things up. I use LegalShield to protect my family and business interests and you should do the same. Visit http://MitchJackson.org for more details or to get your protection today. While you’re there, check out the LegalShield Identity Theft Protection. Pro Tip: If you are a home based business, look at adding the inexpensive business rider. Again, go to http://MitchJackson.org

Three Important Business Documents Online Businesses Need!

During my interviews and speaking engagements, I often talk about 5-7 specific things I believe most online businesses need to do to safely do business. In this video, I share three “sets” of documents that compliment my earlier tips.

If you’re doing business on the digital platforms, sit down with an experienced lawyer and review how you can incorporate these documents into your daily business efforts.

1. TOS Agreement (includes disclaimer, liability, warranty and venue clauses)

2. Sales and service contracts documenting transactions

3. Return and guarantee policies

If you need an experienced lawyer to get the above done, do what I do. Get a LegalShield membership, save money, and start doing business the right way. Details at http://MitchJackson.org