Entrepreneur Magazine: Small Business Legal Guide

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Wiley, Jan 26, 1996 - Business & Economics - 364 pages
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Keep legal costs to a minimum by doing it yourself!

" . . . will enable small-business people to save a lot of money by doing simple legal matters (contracts, partnership agreements) on their own."
Charles Fuller Editor of Business Products, Entrepreneur Magazine Group

Don't let crippling legal fees stop you from realizing your dreams of success. Learn how to handle many of your own legal matters with the Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Legal Guide. Barbara S. Shea, founder of the celebrated alternative legal counseling firm Court Coach, and Jennifer Haupt help you cut your legal fees significantly by arming you with all the basic legal knowledge and expert guidance you need to act as your own attorney in appropriate situations. A valuable resource for newcomers and established business owners alike, it covers legal issues crucial to every stage of a business's life cycle, including:

  • Legal terminology—what it means and how to use it
  • Statutes, regulations, and case law
  • How to think analytically like a lawyer and apply the law to the facts
  • Filing forms of organization and capitalizing your business
  • Negotiating leases and contracts
  • The ins and outs of taxes, employee rights, and claims litigation
  • The legalities of bankruptcy and the protection of personal assets
  • How to find a good lawyer and get the most out of legal assistance
  • Much more Offering an easy, safe, and affordable way to keep your legal costs to a minimum, the Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Legal Guide just might be the most important capital investment you make this year.

Also available from the Entrepreneur Magazine library:

  • The Entrepreneur Magazine Small Business Advisor
  • Starting an Import/Export Business
  • Making Money with Your Home Computer
  • Starting a Home-Based Business

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Contents

Introduction
1
Setting Up Your Business to Avoid Legal Pitfalls
11
Creating a Business
20
Setting Up a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership
29
The ABCs of Becoming an Inc
44
Capitalization of
62
Where Can I Find the Money I Need? Sorry
68
Would You Believe You Need
75
Buying and Selling or Getting Friendly
186
An Ounce of Prevention Rather Than the Ouch
194
Credit
201
The Small Claims Court
209
Having Your Day in Court
227
How to Close Up Shop Gracefully
247
Avoiding Bankruptcy in the Case of Sudden
256
What to
269

How to Read and Negotiate Leases and Contracts
85
Franchises Licenses and Permits
98
Intellectual
107
THE LEGALITIES OF RUNNING
117
Hiring and Firing Your Staff
129
Your Legal Responsibilities to Your Employees
148
What to Do When Employee Grievances
160
What to Do When Litigation Is Imminent
168
Reclaiming Your Good Financial Name
306
Appendix A State Bar Associations
317
State Laws Regarding Damage Limits
326
Appendix F Members of the American Arbitration
333
Appendix J Selected Publications from the American
340
The Law of the Land
347
Index
355
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About the author (1996)

ENTREPRENEUR Magazine is the banner publication of the Entrepreneur Magazine Group. It has the largest newsstand circulation of any business monthly, with a total ABC audited circulation of 410,000.

BARBARA S. SHEA is an attorney and the founder of the innovative legal firm Court Coach. Her ideas have been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on ABC-TV's The Home Show.

JENNIFER HAUPT is a successful business writer based in Bellevue, Washington.

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