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.
Chicago : American Bar Association ; New York : Random House Reference, c2010.|
xvii, 472 p. ; 21 cm.|
Small business -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Popular works.|
Small business -- Law and legislation.
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Table of Contents:
- 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
- About the Author