Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business

by Fred S. Steingold

Paperback(Fifteenth Edition)

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Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business by Fred S. Steingold

The all-in-one business law book

Whether you’re just starting a small business, or your business is already up and running, legal questions crop up on an almost daily basis. Ignoring them can threaten your enterprise—but hiring a lawyer to help with routine issues can devastate the bottom line.

The Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business has helped more than a quarter million entrepreneurs and business owners master the basics, including how to:

  • raise start-up money
  • decide between an LLC or other business structure
  • save on business taxes
  • get licenses and permits
  • choose the right insurance
  • negotiate contracts and leases
  • avoid problems if you’re buying a franchise
  • hire and manage employees and independent contractors
  • attract and keep customers (and get paid on time), and
  • limit your liability and protect your personal assets.

The 15th edition is completely updated with the latest legal information and tax rules for small businesses. Whether you’re a sole proprietor or an LLC or corporation, or a one-person business operating out of your home, or a company with a large staff leasing space, this book will help you start and run a successful business.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413324075
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 04/29/2017
Edition description: Fifteenth Edition
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 236,300
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. HIs main practice areas are real estate law and business law. He is the author of several Nolo books, including Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook, and serves on the advisory panel for Nolo's Essential Guide for Buying Your First Home.

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


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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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