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Overview

The legal documents you need on any given day!

Like most small business owners, you probably can't afford to hire a lawyer to draft the legal documents you need in the course of your day-to-day business.

Now there's an affordable solution -- Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business, which provides you with over 60 legal forms and documents and all the step-by-step instructions you need to use them.

This collection of essential legal and business documents helps you:

  • create contracts to buy, sell, rent or store goods
  • hire employees and consultants
  • protect your trade secrets
  • create noncompete agreements
  • prepare an LLC operating agreement
  • borrow and lend money
  • buy a business
  • lease commercial space
  • prepare corporate bylaws
  • record minutes of meetings
  • buy real estate
  • and much more

    The 5th edition is updated with the latest legal documents, contracts and other forms. Includes all the information and instructions you need to complete and use your forms effectively.
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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
Two things make this work exceptionally valuable. First, the forms and contracts are written in straightforward language.... And, secondly, all of the forms can be found on a CD-ROM that comes with the book.
Reference & Research Book News
Provides instructions for completing the contracts required when forming a corporation, borrowing money, buying a business, leasing an office, hiring employees and selling goods.
The Bookwatch
Balances its wealth of reproducible documents with straightforward 'how-to' instructions and advice . . .
American Reference Books Annual
Two things make this work exceptionally valuable. First, the forms and contracts are written in straightforward language.... And, secondly, all of the forms can be found on a CD-ROM that comes with the book.
Reference & Research Book News
"Provides instructions for completing the contracts required when forming a corporation, borrowing money, buying a business, leasing an office, hiring employees and selling goods."
The Bookwatch
"Balances its wealth of reproducible documents with straightforward 'how-to' instructions and advice..."
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Meet the Author

Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An expert on small business law, he represents and advises many small businesses. He is the author of Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook. His monthly column, "The Legal Advisor," is carried by trade publications across the country.
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Table of Contents

I. How to Use This Book
   A. Four Practical Ways to Use the Forms in This Book
   B. Do You Need a Lawyer?

1. Contract Basics
A. Names Clause: Identifying the Parties to a Contract
   B. Signature Clause: Signing a Contract
   C. Standard Clauses
   D. Resolving Disputes
   E. Attachments
   F. Amendments

2. Forming Your Business
A. Form 2A: Checklist for Starting a Small Business
   B. Form 2B: Partnership Agreement
   C. Form 2C: Pre-Incorporation Agreement
   D. Form 2D: Corporate Bylaws
   E. Form 2E: Stock Agreement
   F. Form 2F: LLC Operating Agreement for Single-Member LLC

3. Running Your Corporation
A. Form 3A: Notice of Shareholders' Meeting
   B. Form 3B: Notice of Directors' Meeting
   C. Form 3C: Shareholder Proxy
   D. Form 3D: Minutes of Shareholders' Meeting
   E. Form 3E: Minutes of Directors' Meeting
   F. Form 3F: Minutes of Telephone Conference Directors' Meeting
   G. Form 3G: Consent of Shareholders
   H. Form 3H: Consent of Directors

4. Borrowing Money
A. Understanding Promissory Notes in General
   B. The Promissory Notes in This Chapter
   C. Form 4C: Promissory Note (Amortized Monthly or Annual Payments)
   D. Form 4D: Promissory Note (Balloon Payment)
   E. Form 4E: Promissory Note (Interest-Only Payments)
   F. Form 4F: Promissory Note (Lump-Sum Payment)
   G. Form 4G: Security Agreement for Borrowing Money

5. Buying a Business
A. Form 5A: Contract for Purchase of Assets From an Unincorporated Business
   B. Form 5B: Contract for Purchase of Assets From a Corporation
   C. Form 5C: Corporate Resolution Authorizing Sale of Assets
   D. Form 5D: Contract for Purchase of Corporate Stock
   E. Form 5E: Bill of Sale for Business Assets
   F. Form 5F: Seller's Affidavit: No Creditors
   G. Form 5G: Security Agreement for Buying Business Assets

6. Leasing Space
A. Form 6A: Gross Lease
   B. Form 6B: Net Lease for Entire Building
   C. Form 6C: Net Lease for Part of Building
   D. Form 6D: Sublease
   E. Form 6E: Landlord's Consent to Sublease
   F. Form 6F: Assignment of Lease
   G. Form 6G: Notice of Exercise of Lease Option
   H. Form 6H: Extension of Lease
   I. Form 6I: Amendment to Lease
   J. Form 6J: Attachment to Lease

7. Purchasing Real Estate
A. Beware of Possible Environmental Problems
   B. Form 7B: Contract to Purchase Building
   C. Form 7C: Option to Purchase Building
   D. Form 7D: Contract to Purchase Vacant Land
   E. Form 7E: Option to Purchase Vacant Land
   F. Form 7F: Attachment to Real Estate Purchase Contract
   G. Form 7G: Amendment of Real Estate Purchase Contract
   H. Form 7H: Removal of Contingency
   I. Form 7I: Extension of Time to Remove Contingencies
   J. Form 7J: Exercise of Option to Purchase Real Estate

8. Buying, Selling, Manufacturing
   A. Form 8A: Sales Contract (Lump-Sum Payment)
   B. Form 8B: Sales Contract (Installment Payments)
   C. Form 8C: Bill of Sale for Goods
   D. Form 8D: Security Agreement for Buying Goods
   E. Form 8E: Contract for Manufacture of Goods
   F. Form 8F: Equipment Rental Contract
   G. Form 8G: Storage Contract
   H. Form 8H: Consignment Contract

9. Hiring Employees and Independent Contractors
   A. Form 9A: Employment Application
   B. Form 9B: Authorization to Release Information
   C. Form 9C: Offer of Employment
   D. Form 9D: Confidentiality Agreement
   E. Form 9E: Covenant Not to Compete
   F. Form 9F: Contract With Independent Contractor

Appendixes
   A. How to Use the CD-ROM
   B. Tear-Out Forms
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