Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business

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From opening day to tax day, this is the all-in-one book you need! 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 $150-$250 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 ...
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Overview

From opening day to tax day, this is the all-in-one book you need! 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 $150-$250 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 you need to:
  • raise start-up money
  • choose between a sole proprietorship, partnership or LLC
  • get licenses and permits
  • buy or sell a business or franchise
  • negotiate a favorable lease
  • insure your business
  • hire independent contractors safely
  • understand small business tax rules
  • pick and protect a good name
  • resolve legal disputes
  • adopt the best customer policies
  • enter into strong contracts
  • cope with financial problems


The 8th edition is completely updated and revised to provide the latest regulations, tax numbers and business realities. It also provides expanded information on preparing a business plan, a summary of the new overtime pay rules, changes to home business tax rules -- and much more.
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Editorial Reviews

Business Life Magazine
A nuts and bolts legal guidebook that answers questions that continually come up in running a small business in todays competitive environment. Written in plain English.
Inc. Magazine
An unusually helpful approach to the start-up process, covers a lot of basics, from negotiating a lease to representing yourself in small claims court.
Success Magazine
Most entrepreneurs can't afford to call their lawyer every time a legal question comes up. The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business is a cost-effective solution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413301779
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 3/24/2004
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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 and frequently leads seminars on how to start and run small businesses. He is the author of Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business Vols. 1 & 2 and The Employer's Legal Handbook. His monthly column, The Legal Advisor, is carried by trade publications around the country.
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Table of Contents

 Introduction
 1.  Which Legal Form Is Best for Your Business?
 2.  Structuring a Partnership Agreement
 3.  Creating a Corporation
 4.  Creating a Limited Liability Company
 5.  Preparing for Ownership Changes With a Buy-Sell Agreement
 6.  Naming Your Business and Products
 7.  Licenses and Permits
 8.  Tax Basics for the Small Business
 9.  Raising Money for Your Business
10. Buying a Business
11. Franchises: How Not to Get Burned
12. Insuring Your Business
13. Negotiating a Favorable Lease
14. Home-Based Business
15. Employees and Independent Contractors
16. The Importance of Excellent Customer Relations
17. Legal Requirements for Dealing With Customers
18. Cash, Credit Cards, and Checks
19. Extending Credit and Getting Paid
20. Put It in Writing: Small Business Contracts
21. The Financially Troubled Business
22. Resolving Legal Disputes
23. Representing Yourself in Small Claims Court
24. Lawyers and Legal Research
Appendix A. State Offices That Provide Small Business Start-Up Help
Appendix B. Federal Trade Commission Offices
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Best Written Business Law Book

    This book reads extremely well. You not only get an easy to understand explanation but there are examples that relate to real life situations.

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