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The law (in plain English) for small business

Author: Leonard D DuBoff
Publisher: Naperville, Ill : Sphinx Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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As a small business owner, every decision you make directly impacts your future success. Having an understandable answer to many of your business law questions can keep your business moving forward.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard D DuBoff
ISBN: 157248599X 9781572485990
OCLC Number: 74029434
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 304 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
1. Finding a lawyer and an accountant --
Finding a lawyer --
Finding an accountant --
2. Organizing your business --
Sole proprietorships --
Partnerships and joint ventures --
Limited partnerships --
Corporations --
S corporations --
Limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships --
Hybrids --
3. Business organization checklist --
Accountant --
Business name --
Business structure --
4. Developing your business plan --
Executive summary --
History of the business --
Products and services --
The market --
The competition --
Source of work --
Management --
Financial data --
The business plan team --
5. Borrowing from the banks --
Loan proposal --
Business outlook --
Application --
Lender's rules and limitations --
Details of the agreement --
Communication when problems arise --
Venture capital --
6. Going public --
Advantages of going public --
Disadvantages of going public --
Federal and state securities law --
Initial public offering --
Privatization --
7. Contracts --
Contract basis --
Types of contracts --
Understanding contract principals --
Proving an agreement --
Essentials to put in writing --
No-cost written agreements --
Contracting online --
Consumer protection laws --
8. Consignment --
Advantages --
Disadvantages --
Special laws for artists --
9. Collections --
Point-of-sale payments --
Consignment --
Invoicing --
Ways of encouraging payment --
When payment never comes --
Bankruptcies --
10. Expanding your market --
Franchising --
Multilevel marketing --
11. Patents and trade secrets --
Patents --
Trade secrets --
12. Trademarks --
Definition --
Prohibited trademarks --
Protecting a trademark --
Confusingly similar --
Federal registration --
Applications based on actual use --
Applications based on intent-to-use --
Constructive use --
Benefits of registration --
Duration --
Supplemental register --
Loss of protection --
Infringement --
Antidilution --
International protection --
State registration --
Using an attorney --
13. Copyrights --
Copyright law foundation --
Copyrightable material --
Scope of protection --
Ownership --
Works made for hire --
Derivative works --
Collective works --
Copyright protection for utilitarian objects --
Notice requirement --
Application process --
Period of protection --
Infringement --
International protection. 14. Advertising --
Government regulation --
Comparative advertising --
Publicity and privacy --
Unauthorized use of a trademark --
Trade dress --
Celebrity trade dress --
Conclusion --
15. Licensing --
General considerations --
Licensing hazards --
Method of payment --
Acknowledgment of ownership --
Quality control --
Signature --
16. The Internet --
Protecting business property --
Protecting consumer information --
Domain names --
Internet advertising --
Audits --
Copyright concerns --
Server protection --
Email --
Spam --
Viruses, worms, and traps --
17. Warranties --
Express warranties --
Implied warranties --
Disclaimers --
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act --
Using an attorney --
18. Product liability --
Defective products --
Types of defects --
Federal laws --
Product liability --
Liability insurance --
19. Business insurance --
Basics of insurance law --
Property covered --
When and how to insure --
20. People who work for you --
Independent contractors --
Employees --
Employee contracts --
Other considerations in hiring --
Hazards in the workplace --
Discrimination --
Harassment --
Age discrimination --
Disabilities discrimination --
Employee handbooks --
Zero tolerance policies --
The Family and Medical Leave Act --
Termination of employment --
21. Keeping taxes low --
Income spreading --
Spreading income among family members --
Family corporations and limited liability companies --
Qualifying for business deductions --
Deductions for the use of a home in business --
Other professional expenses --
Travel expenses --
Entertainment expenses --
Conventions --
Logbooks --
Charitable deductions --
Grants, prizes, and awards --
Health insurance --
22. Zoning --
Local zoning restrictions --
Federal regulations --
Telecommuting and Web-based businesses --
23. Renting commercial space --
Premises --
Cost --
Term --
Restrictions --
Remodeling --
Utilities --
Security and zoning --
Written document --
24. Pension plans --
Defined benefit plans --
Defined contribution plans --
Designing and documenting a plan --
Employer-sponsored plans --
Investments in a qualified plan --
25. Estate planning --
The will --
Payment of testator's debts --
Disposition of property not willed --
Estate taxes --
Distributing property outside the will --
Probate --
Glossary --
Index --
About the author.
Other Titles: Law for small business
Responsibility: Leonard D. DuBoff.
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As a small business owner, every decision you make directly impacts your future success. Having an understandable answer to many of your business law questions can keep your business moving forward.

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