The Consultant's Legal Guide: A Business of Consulting Resource / Edition 1

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Overview

Avoid costly litgation!

You'll want to keep this user-friendly overview of legal issues on your desk at all times! This is the only complete "how-to" guide and overview of legal issues you face as a consultant. You'll learn how to make sense of legal jargon and a variety of contracts as well as learn when to seek out the advice of legal counsel and when to walk away from losing relationships. This book isn't intended to replace competent legal advice-rather it is a time- and cost-effective means to understand legal issues before pursuing legal.

Includes a diskette with useful tools, sample forms, checklists, and links to technology-based resources.

"I beg you, do not start your own consulting business without first reading The Consultant's Legal Guide. And if you already have, read it now! I assure you that when you put into practice the sound advice of Elaine Biech and Linda Byars Swindling you will save yourself the heartache and headache of needless legal hassels...The Consultant's Legal Guide will help you every day of your business life."
—James M. Kouzes, chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems, co-author of The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart

"A great flight plan to avoid turbulence...Whether you are a consultant or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, this book should be on your desk for a reference in so many areas."
—Howard Putnam, Former CEO, Southwest Airlines and Braniff International, author of The Winds of Turbulence

"A well thought out, practical approach to dealing effectively with lawyers and other consultants. If followed, it should help all parties be better prepared and do a betterjob."
—Rita Reuss, attorney, former vice president, Land O' Lakes

"The Consultant's Legal Guide is better than an MBA in business relationships. Clear, concise, thoughtful and thorough. . .after reading this book, consultants will sleep better at night!"
—Pamela J. Schmidt, vic

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"A well thought out, practical approach to dealing effectively with lawyers and other consultants. If followed, it should help all parties be better prepared and do a better job." —Rita Reuss, attorney, former vice president, Land O' Lakes

"The Consultant's Legal Guide is better than an MBA in business relationships. Clear, concise, thoughtful and thorough . . . after reading this book, consultants will sleep better at night!" —Pamela J. Schmidt, vice president, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

"I beg you, do not start your own consulting business without first reading The Consultant's Legal Guide. And if you already have, read it now! I assure you that when you put into practice the sound advice of Elaine Biech and Linda Byars Swindling you will save yourself the heartache and headache of needless legal hassel. . . . The Consultant's Legal Guide will help you every day of your business life." —James M. Kouzes, chairman, Tom Peters Group/Learning Systems, co-author of The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart

"A great flight plan to avoid turbulence.... Whether you are a consultant or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, this book should be on your desk for a reference in so many areas." —Howard Putnam, Former CEO, Southwest Airlines and Braniff International, author of The Winds of Turbulence

"Ah-ha-the missing piece to the puzzle. Biech and Swindling have filled the hole (and an important one I might add) in all the reference books on consulting. Don't start your business without it." —Dianna Booher, CEO, Booher Consultants, Inc., author of 37 books including, Communicate with Confidence!

"Elaine's earlier book, The Business of Consulting, is an incredible resource and handbook that I've used extensively. This companion piece on the legal aspects of consulting continues the tradition-a practical handbook that hits the mark from an experienced practitioner who has learned these lessons in the trenches!" —Linda Growney, assistant vice president, CUNA Mutual Insurance Group

Library Journal
Consultants are increasingly the target of malpractice suits, note CEO Biech and attorney Swindling. Here they offer basic advice to help the consultant avoid legal problems. They define and explain the legal issues consultants confront as they start a business, negotiate contracts, deal with employees and independent contractors, and safeguard their intellectual property. The authors also give advice on how to choose the correct form of business entity, create an employee handbook, and choose insurance. They also cover the complexities of buying or selling a business and present an excellent chapter on trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. Checklists scattered throughout help readers create a business plan or prepare to collect overdue fees from clients. A CD-ROM (not available at the time of review) supplements the text, providing more forms, checklists, and links to additional resources. Recommended for most public libraries.--Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787947637
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.19 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits.

Ackowledgements.

Introduction.

Selecting an Attorney.

The Relationship of Ethics and the Law.

Setting up a Consulting Practice.

Starting Your Office.

Contracts and the Law.

Employment Issues.

Working with Other Consultants.

Client Issues.

Clients Outside the Corporate Arena.

Unique Consulting Situations.

Protecting Work Product, Trade Secrets, and Intellectual Property.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due.

Protecting Assets Through Insurance.

Buying or Selling a Consulting Practice.

Avoiding Legal Problems.

What to Do When You Have a Legal Problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Outstanding Resource

    The Consultant's Legal Guide is an outstanding resource. It is a well thought out,practical approach to conducting business and working with attorneys, consultants and business persons. The specific guidelines, checklists, sample contracts, leases and worksheets will save readers time and money. Specifically, the Comparison of Basic Business Entities chart helped me decide the type of business entity to form. Read the book and keep it for a valuable reference.

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