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Legal guide for starting & running a small business

Author: Fred S Steingold
Publisher: Berkeley, CA. : Nolo, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 11th edView all editions and formats
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Synopsis: Start and run your business with this all-in-one book. Small business owners are regularly confronted by a bewildering array of legal questions and problems. Ignoring them can lead to disaster, but with lawyers typically charging $200-$300 an hour, calling one to answer routine legal questions can be a fast track to the poorhouse. Fortunately, you have a better alternative. Legal Guide for Starting &  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred S Steingold
ISBN: 9781413310559 1413310559
OCLC Number: 316772644
Description: 458 pages : forms ; 28 cm
Contents: Your Legal Companion For Starting And Running A Small Business --
1: Which Legal Form Is Best For Your Business? --
Sole proprietorships --
Partnerships --
Corporations --
Limited liability companies --
Choosing between a corporation and an LLC --
Special structures for special situations --
2: Structuring A Partnership Agreement --
Why you need a written agreement --
Overview of your partnership agreement --
Changes in your partnership --
3: Creating A Corporation --
Structure of a corporation --
Financing your corporation --
Compensating yourself --
Do you need a lawyer to incorporate? --
Overview of incorporation procedures --
Twelve basic steps to incorporate --
After you incorporate --
Safe business practices for you corporation --
4: Creating A Limited Liability Company --
Number of members required --
Management of an LLC --
Financing an LLC --
Compensating members --
Choosing a name --
Paperwork for setting up an LLC --
After you form your LLC --
Safe business practices for your LLC --
5: Preparing For Ownership Changes With A Buyout Agreement --
Major benefits of adopting a buyout agreement --
Where to put your buyout provisions --
When to create a buyout agreement --
6: Naming your business and products --
Business names: an overview --
Mandatory name procedures --
Trademarks and service marks --
Strong and weak trademarks --
How to protect your trademark --
Name searches --
7: Licenses And Permits --
Federal registrations and licenses --
State requirements --
Regional requirements --
Local requirements --
How to deal with local building and zoning officials --
8: Tax Basics For The Small Business --
Employer identification number --
Becoming as S corporation --
Business taxes in general --
Business deductions --
Tax audits --
9: Raising Money For Your Business --
Consider writing a business plan --
Two types of outside financing --
Thirteen common sources of money --
Document all of the money you receive --
10: Buying A Business --
Finding a business to buy --
What's the structure of the business you want to buy? --
Gathering information about a business --
Valuing the business --
Other items to investigate --
Letter of intent to purchase --
Sales agreement --
Closing --
Selling a business --
11: Franchises: How Not To Get Burned --
What is a franchise? --
Downsides of franchise ownership --
Investigating a franchise --
Uniform franchise offering circular --
Franchise agreement --
Resolving disputes with your franchisor --
12: Insuring Your Business --
Working with an insurance agent --
Property coverage --
Liability insurance --
Other insurance to consider --
Saving money on insurance --
Making a claim --
13: Negotiating A Favorable Lease --
Finding a place --
Leases and rental agreements: an overview --
Short-term leases (month-to-month rentals) --
Written long-term leases --
Additional clauses to consider --
Shopping center leases --
How to modify a lease --
Landlord-tenant disputes --
Getting out of a lease --
When you need professional help --
14: Home-based Business --
Zoning laws --
Private land use restrictions --
Insurance --
Deducting expenses for the business use of your home --
15: Employees And Independent Contractors --
Hiring employees --
Job descriptions --
Job advertisements --
Job applications --
Interviews --
Testing --
Background checks --
Immigration law requirements --
Personnel practices --
Illegal discrimination --
Wages and hours --
Occupational safety and health --
Worker's compensation --
Termination of employment --
Unemployment compensation --
Independent contractors --
16: Importance Of Excellent Customer Relations --
Developing your customer satisfaction policy --
Telling customers about your policies --
17: Legal Requirements For Dealing With Customers --
Advertising --
Retail pricing and return practices --
Warranties --
Consumer protection statutes --
Dealing with customers online --
18: Cash, Credit Cards, And Checks --
Cash --
Credit and debit cards --
Checks --
19: Extending Credit And Getting Paid --
Practical side of extending credit --
Laws that regulate consumer credit --
Becoming a secured creditor --
Collection problems --
Collection options --
20: Put It In Writing: Small Business Contracts --
What make a valid contract --
Unfair or illegal contracts --
Misrepresentation, duress, or mistake --
Must a contract be in writing? --
Writing business-to-business contracts --
Signing your contracts --
Enforcing contracts in court --
What can you sue for? --
21: Financially Troubled Business --
Thinking ahead to protect your personal assets --
Managing the financially troubled business --
Seeking an objective analysis --
Workouts --
Selling or closing the business --
Understanding bankruptcy --
22: Resolving Legal Disputes --
Negotiating a settlement --
Understanding mediation --
Arbitration --
Going to court --
23: Representing Yourself In Small Claims Court --
Deciding whether to represent yourself --
Learning the rules --
Meeting the jurisdictional limits --
Before you file your lawsuit --
Figuring out whom to sue --
Handling your small claims court lawsuit --
Representing yourself if you're the defendant --
Appealing small claims decisions --
Collecting your judgment --
24: Lawyers And Legal Research --
How to find the right lawyer --
Fees and bills --
Problems with your lawyer --
Do-it-yourself legal research --
Appendixes --
A: Checklist for starting a small business --
B: Federal trade commission offices --
Index.
Other Titles: Legal guide for starting and running a small business
Responsibility: by Fred S. Steingold.

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Synopsis: Start and run your business with this all-in-one book. Small business owners are regularly confronted by a bewildering array of legal questions and problems. Ignoring them can lead to disaster, but with lawyers typically charging $200-$300 an hour, calling one to answer routine legal questions can be a fast track to the poorhouse. Fortunately, you have a better alternative. Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business clearly explains the practical and legal information. The 11th edition is revised to provide the latest regulations, tax numbers and business realities in a changing economy. It also provides a start-up checklist, an expanded discussion about choosing a business structure, updates to bankruptcy law -- and much more.

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