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The American Bar Association legal guide for small business : everything you need to know about small business, from start-up to employment to financing and selling.

Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint Chicago : American Bar Association ; New York : Random House Reference, c2010.
Description xvii, 472 p. ; 21 cm.
Language English
Subject Small business -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Popular works.
Small business -- Law and legislation.
United States.
Popular works.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Varying Form of Title Portion of title Legal guide for small business
Other authors / contributors American Bar Association.
ISBN 9780375723032
Notes Includes index.
Table of Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. First Steps
  • 1. Getting Started
  • Business Ideas-and Funding Them
  • 2. Clearing the Decks
  • Keeping the Legal Side in Mind Can Save Time and Money
  • 3. Do You Need A Lawyer?
  • A Quick Guide to When You Need Legal Help-and When You Don't
  • 4. Choosing a Business Lawyer
  • How to Find the Right Lawyer for Your Company
  • 5. Buying a Business
  • The Basics, Including How You Can Maximize Your Advantage
  • 6. Is Franchising for You?
  • Practical, Hands-on Tips for Evaluating a Franchise Opportunity
  • 7. Understanding and Negotiating the Franchise Agreement
  • Don't Be Intimidated When Confronted by Those Bulky Legal Documents
  • Part II. Setting Up Shop
  • 8. If Your Business is Ten Feet from the Kitchen
  • Be Worry-Free by Taking Care of These Wrinkles Affecting Home-Based Businesses
  • 9. Location, Location, Location
  • Your Guide to Protecting Yourself in Leasing Property-and More
  • l0. Buying Peace of Mind
  • That's What Insurance Is for-but Don't Forget the Legal Dimensions
  • Part III. Types of Business Organizations Which Legal Form Should You Choose
  • 11. Sole Proprietorships
  • It's Easy. It's Popular-but Know What You're Getting Into
  • 12. Partnerships
  • They Come in Many Flavors, Including General and Limited-Which One's for You?
  • 13. Is a Corporation for You?
  • They're Persons Under the Law, Which Opens Up Many Intriguing Possibilities
  • 14. Limited Trouble-and Paperwork
  • Find Out Why Limited Liability Companies Are Sweeping the Country
  • 15. So What's the Best Business Form for You?
  • We Lay Out Your Options-the Choice is Yours
  • Part IV. A Section About People Dealing with Employees and Customers
  • 16. Hiring Employees
  • Hiring Without Hassles
  • 17. Laws Affecting Employees
  • A Short Course on Law in the Workplace-and How Knowing What's Up Can Benefit You
  • 18. Terminating Employees
  • We Cover Everything from Tips on How to Let Someone Go to Noncompete Agreements
  • 19. Maintaining a Safe Place of Business
  • For Your Employees, Customers, Business Contacts, and Other Folks on Your Premises
  • 20. The Legal Side of Dealing with Customers
  • All You Need to Know About the Consumer Protection Laws
  • 21. Extending Credit
  • Bottom-Line Tips on Accepting Checks and Credit Cards and Offering Your Own Credit
  • 22. The Check Isn't in the Mail!
  • Collection Do's and Don'ts for Small-Business Owners
  • Part V. Running the Business
  • 23. Contracts
  • Understanding Legally Enforceable Agreements in Your Business's Transactions
  • 24. Special Contract Terms
  • Some Tips on What those Strange Clauses Will Mean to You
  • 25. What If There's a Dispute?
  • Keeping the Lid on Time, Hassles, and Costs
  • 26. Too Good to Be True
  • Watch Out for These Scams Against Your Business
  • 27. Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights
  • The Lowdown on Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Service Marks, and More
  • Part VI. The Taxman Cometh
  • 28. Business Taxes 101
  • Knowing the Basics of Taxation Can Help You Plan-and Save Money
  • 29. Then There's the State and the City...
  • A Quick Look at How You Can Owe Less
  • 30. Tangling with the Government
  • You Have Rights-Know How to Use Them
  • Part VII. Various Endings ... Some Happy, Some Not
  • 31. Sink or Swim-Facing Financial Difficulties
  • The Law, and Your Lawyer, May Be Able to Help
  • 32. Selling a Business
  • There Are Plenty of Possible Arrangements-but You Want the Best
  • 33. Retirement Planning for the Business Owner
  • The Law Gives You a Lot of Attractive Options
  • 34. Till Death Do Us Part
  • What Will Happen to Your Family Business When You Die? Plan Ahead to Avoid Disaster.
  • The World at Your Fingertips
  • The Best Places to Turn for More Information-Including Sites on Doing Business on the Web
  • Index
  • About the Author