Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business

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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...

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Overview

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 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

This edition is thoroughly updated, including the latest regulations, tax numbers, and business realities in a changing economy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."  Inc. Magazine

"Get a basic understanding of small business legal issues... [with] this excellent resource...."  The Wall Street Journal

"Pick up a copy of Nolo's Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business.... It's a great resource."  Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Send for Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, Volume 1...[It offers] practical legal information...
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. ()
Business Life Magazine
a nuts and bolts legal guidebook that answers questions that continually come up in running a small business in today’s 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.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413317398
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Thirteenth Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 348,314
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (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. 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

Your Legal Companion for Starting and Running a Small Business
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 Buyout 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
A Appendix: Checklist for Starting a Small Business
I Index

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