The Law (in Plain English) for Small Businesses / Edition 2

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Now in it's third edition, this is the definitive legal resource for business owners, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs of all levels of expertise. The latest addition to the widely acclaimed Law in Plain English series, this revised and updated volume provides small- to medium-sized companies with access to the most current legal information to enable them to keep pace with a host of new legal developments and to efficiently handle any legal issues they may encounter. Practical, concise, and written "in plain English," the book covers legal basics as well as the complexities of business law today.

Additionally, this edition contains essential information on the new territory of cyberspace law and invaluable tips for finding the best lawyers and accountants when needed. The Law (in Plain English) for Small Businesses in a uniquely compact and affordable guide that will save costly legal fees, prevent blunders, and help secure longevity and financial success for every business.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As was true of Duboff's The Law (in Plain English) for Writers , this is a thorough, well-organized, clearly written presentation. It is not a ``pop law'' self-help book, but rather a serious, straightforward discussion by an attorney who advises readers to seek professional help for most legal matters. In addition to treating the basics (forms of business organization, contracts, trademarks, employees, etc.) DuBoff explores topics such as obtaining financing from banks, marketing, and estate planning and concludes with finding a lawyer and an accountant. A valuable resource for public libraries' small business collections. Jack Ray, Loyola/Notre Dame Lib., Baltimore
Intended to encompass all businesses that are not publicly traded and listed on the national securities exchange, this volume attempts to enable business professionals to identify problem areas in their companies and know when to engage the aid of a lawyer. Twenty-five chapters cover such material as financial borrowing, contracts, consignment, patent law, advertising, licensing, product liability, and copyrights. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471536178
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/19/1991
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Organizing Your Business 1
2 Business Organization Checklist 15
3 The Business Plan 23
4 Borrowing from Banks and Institutional Lenders 29
5 Selling Securities or Going Public 47
6 Contracts 53
7 Consignment 63
8 Collections 69
9 Expanding Your Market 79
10 Patent Law and Trade Secret Protection 87
11 Trademarks 93
12 Copyrights 107
13 Licensing 123
14 Advertising 129
15 Cyberspace 135
16 Warranty and Consumer Protection Laws 145
17 Product Liability 155
18 Business Insurance 163
19 People Who Work for You 173
20 Keeping Taxes Low 183
21 Are You Zoned to Work at Home? 203
22 Renting Commercial Space 207
23 Pension Plans as Employee Benefits 213
24 Estate Planning 221
25 How to Find a Lawyer and Accountant 233
Index 239
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