Filing for bankruptcy doesn't necessarily mean the end of your business. In fact, depending on what your financial situation is, bankruptcy can be the step that saves your business because it lets you reorganize your debts and clear the slates a bit for a more stable future. Before you jump into bankruptcy as the endeavor to right your business ship, though, it's critical to do your homework and understand not only whether bankruptcy is right for you, but also which type of filing best fits your needs.
If you've been using your logo, specialty phrase or other branded design in the marketplace for a while, you might be thinking about trademarking it. While federal trademark isn't required for some protective benefits, it does add to the legal protection you can claim if someone else uses your mark.