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Business Law Basics

Book Description

When you start a business, legal issues can seem complex, even scary. This simple guide helps you ask smart questions and get the right advice. Find out what practices will help you keep your legal matters clear and simple! You will learn key concepts and terms, how to choose an attorney, contract essentials, and what you need to protect (such as processes or intellectual property). Plus the basics of partnership and corporate structures, license and regulation essentials, employment issues, legal aspects of buying and selling, common pitfalls, international business issues and more.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter I: What Is Business Law?
    1. Do I Need a Lawyer?
    2. The Many Faces of Business Law
    3. Business Models for Your Legal Representation
    4. How Do I Find the Right Attorney for My Needs?
    5. What Does a Corporate Lawyer Do?
  9. Chapter II: Start-Up Activities
    1. Choosing the Right Business Entity
    2. The Difference Between Copyrights and Trademarks
    3. How to Patent a New Product
    4. Renting and Leasing Property for Your Business
    5. Everybody Wants a Piece of You: Licenses, Regulations and Taxes
    6. Insurance—A Risk-Management Tool
    7. “The Name’s Bond—Surety Bond”
    8. How to Reorganize or Restructure Your Business
    9. Starting at Step... Two?
  10. Chapter III: Operating Activities
    1. Running the Show: An Overview
    2. Internal Documents You Really Need
    3. External Documents You Really Need
    4. YAY! Regulations!
    5. Using Contracts on the Regular
    6. The Who-What-When-Why-How of Contracts
    7. The Pen is Mightier than the Sword
    8. When the Wheels Come Off …
    9. Here’s a Loan, There’s a Loan, Everywhere’s a Business Loan!
  11. Chapter IV: Growth and Exit Activities
    1. Using a Corporate Attorney to Ward Off Trouble
    2. Checking Out for Departure
    3. Check, Please! How to Wind Down a Business
  12. Chapter V: Common Mistakes
    1. Don’t Be That Guy or Gal: Ten Common Mistakes
    2. Isn’t a Tort Made of Chocolate?
    3. Product Liability
    4. Other Forms of Liability
  13. Chapter VI: International Law
    1. Starting to Think about International Business
    2. Working Though Your International Business Plan
    3. Nationalization of Businesses
    4. Treaties 101
    5. Tariffs and Quotas and Trade, Oh My!
    6. Immigration Issues
    7. Immigration: Opportunities and Challenges
  14. Afterword: Where to Go from Here?
  15. Acknowledgements
  16. Glossary
  17. Resources
  18. Index
  19. About the Authors
  20. Footnotes
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