Celebrating six years in business and helping you hold onto your social media pages after the departure of an employee or independent contractor.
Upcoming Events
6/11: BNI Decatur: Estate Planning Pitfalls (9 a.m.)

6/16: AIWN: "Cool, Calm & Collected: Minimizing Conflict to Maximize Your Business." (Information)

7/8-7/11: ICLE Georgia: 50th Annual Fiduciary Law Institute (Information)


Georgia Secretary of State ("SOS") Business Registrations
Although the SOS has not formally announced anything regarding their processing time for new entities, sources at their office report that it is taking approximately 30 days for the office to process new business registrations. 

Contact me 
for more information about how this announcement might affect your business.

I am currently the President of the Decatur Chapter of BNI International. BNI provides networking opportunities for professionals across many disciplines and industries. We give members the opportunity to share ideas, contacts, and referrals. It has been a great source of business for me, and I would welcome the opportunity to have any of my readers who have businesses come visit as a guest.

The Decatur Chapter meets every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at Cakes & Ale. Please contact me or visit the BNI website for more information so you can see the roster of our current members. Even if your slot is already filled, there might be another chapter that would be an excellent fit for you. 

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Paige Stanley

About the Law Office of Paige Arden Stanley

The primary focuses of my law practice are in the areas of business law and estate planning, including probate and estate administration. I not only serve as outside general counsel for small business owners, but I also prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives. My background in litigation allows me to successfully negotiate and protect my clients' interests. For more information, please visit my firm's website or contact me at (404) 386-9950 or

A Note From Paige

Celebrating My Sixth Business Anniversary: Thank You for Your Support!

I started The Law Office of Paige Arden Stanley six years ago, in May of 2009. Being a solo practitioner has been an exciting journey, and I look forward to what that journey holds for me in the future.

I have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the past six years. I couldn't have done any of this without you. I am truly grateful for all the support you have shown me through your guidance, referrals, and kind messages. Thank you!


BNI Decatur Presentation: June 11

On June 11, I will be giving a presentation about Estate Planning at the BNI Decatur meeting. Contact me for more information about the meeting and how you can attend! You can learn more about BNI in the left sidebar under "Upcoming Events."
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Don't Let Someone Else Hold Your Business Social Media Hostage

Social Media policies have become increasingly important for employers--you may have incorporated an official social media policy into your Human Resources policies. These policies generally take the form of a set of guidelines so that workers acting as representatives of your company know how to engage appropriately with online audiences. But what happens if that employee or independent contractor leaves? Do you know what will happen to your company’s social media accounts or the lists of subscribers and followers? This month, I will discuss how you can take steps to hopefully ensure that your social media accounts and proprietary information remain with your business after an individual leaves your company.

A Confidentiality Agreement May Not Be Enough

Executing confidentiality agreements ("Agreements") with your employees and independent contractors is a good start, but it may not be enough to protect social media assets such as passwords or membership lists. This is because many Agreements prohibit workers from disclosing proprietary information or trade secrets, but they don’t contain provisions that require them to transfer social media credentials if they leave your company. The social media websites’ terms of service may also complicate matters. For example, if your employee or independent contractor used their personal profile to create your business page, they may technically own the account pursuant to the Terms of Service.

3 Tips for Protecting Your Business Social Media Assets
So what can you do? I recommend the following three tips to protect your business social media accounts and business membership lists:

1. Create the Accounts Yourself
Don’t allow an employee or independent contractor to create your company’s Facebook or LinkedIn business page—create them yourself using your business email address. By creating these accounts yourself and linking them to your business email address, you can ensure ownership of your company's social media pages. Another bonus of creating your own accounts is that you will receive the notifications for your page(s), which will allow you to easily monitor activity and engagement.

2. Give Employees or Independent Contractors Limited Access to the Accounts
Many sites, including Facebook and LinkedIn, allow page administrators to add other admin-level users. Facebook, for example, has multiple levels of administrative users that allow the page creator to determine how much and what type of control a page manager can exert over the page. If you have created a page for your business and have one of your employees or independent contractors helping you maintain the page, add him or her as a page admin instead of giving him or her your credentials, and then grant your employee or independent contractor only as much access as needed to accomplish his or her tasks.

If you need to give your page’s credentials to an employee or independent contractor, make sure that the password is unique to that account. You should be using unique passwords as much as possible in the first place, but you especially shouldn’t give someone a password that you use for your Twitter account, personal email address, and online banking information.

3. Execute an Agreement that Specifically Mentions Transferring Business-Related Social Media Assets
As I mentioned above, standard Agreements may not be enough to protect your business social media accounts. Even if you were the creator of your company's social media accounts and have given employees and/or independent contractors access separate from your personal administrator account, you may still want to ensure that all of your Agreements include provisions that require departing individuals to turn over membership lists and credentials for any social media accounts related directly to your business.

If you add this language to your Agreements, you need to be clear that you are referring only to the credentials relating to your business. Several states have recently enacted laws limiting employers’ access to their employees’ personal social media accounts. Although Georgia has not yet enacted such a law, you should still be as specific as possible and make it clear to your employees and/or independent contractors that you would only want them to transfer any accounts directly related to your business or created for your business.

Social media has become an indispensable aspect of a business’s marketing strategy, especially for small business owners. New challenges arise, however, as social media’s influence continues to creep into our offline lives and as the lines are blurred between personal and professional accounts. (Facebook, for example, won’t let you create a business page without having a personal Facebook profile—you have to have a personal profile behind the page serving as an administrator.) By creating your own business-related accounts and being clear with your employees and/or independent contractors about your social media policies, you can overcome some of these challenges and, hopefully, prevent a conflict between you and a departing employee.

If you have questions about how to create effective policies to manage your business, contact me. I can help you draft employee or independent contractor agreements or discuss other legal questions you have about running your business.
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