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The legal guide for starting & running a small business
Steingold, Fred S., 1936-
Personal Author:
National fifth edition, completely revised and updated.
Physical Description:
volumes : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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KF1659.Z9 S76 1999 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Small Business

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This nuts-and-bolts guide provides clear, plain-English explanations of the laws that affect businesses every day. A perrennial bestseller, the book covers: - partnerships and corporations - taxes- independent contractors - leases- trademarks- service marks- licenses- permits- buying and selling a business

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 Which Legal Form Is Best for Your Business?
A. Sole Proprietorshipsp. 4
B. Partnershipsp. 7
C. Corporationsp. 10
D. Limited Liability Companiesp. 21
E. Choosing Between a Corporation and an LLCp. 24
F. Special Structures for Special Situationsp. 26
Chapter 2 Structuring a Partnership Agreement
A. Why You Need a Written Agreementp. 2
B. An Overview of Your Partnership Agreementp. 3
C. Changes in Your Partnershipp. 13
Chapter 3 Creating a Corporation
A. The Structure of a Corporationp. 2
B. Financing Your Corporationp. 5
C. Compensating Yourselfp. 6
D. Do You Need a Lawyer to Incorporate?p. 7
E. Overview of Incorporation Proceduresp. 8
F. 12 Basic Steps to Incorporatep. 8
G. After You Incorporatep. 17
H. Safe Business Practices for Your Corporationp. 17
Chapter 4 Creating a Limited Liability Company
A. Number of Members Requiredp. 2
B. Management of an LLCp. 3
C. Financing an LLCp. 4
D. Compensating Membersp. 5
E. Choosing a Namep. 6
F. Paperwork for Setting Up an LLCp. 8
G. After You Form Your LLCp. 11
H. Safe Business Practices for Your LLCp. 13
Chapter 5 Developing a Buy-Sell Agreement
A. Major Benefits of Adopting a Buy-Sell Agreementp. 3
B. Where to Put Your Buy-Sell Provisionsp. 7
C. When to Create a Buy-Sell Agreementp. 8
H. Safe Business Practices for Your LLCp. 13
Chapter 6 Naming Your Business and Products
A. Business Names: An Overviewp. 4
B. Mandatory Name Proceduresp. 7
C. Trademarks and Service Marksp. 10
D. Strong and Weak Trademarksp. 11
E. How to Protect Your Trademarkp. 12
F. Name Searchesp. 13
Chapter 7 Licenses and Permits
A. Federal Registrations and Licensesp. 3
B. State Requirementsp. 4
C. Regional Requirementsp. 6
D. Local Requirementsp. 7
E. How to Deal With Local Building and Zoning Officialsp. 9
Chapter 8 Tax Basics for the Small Business
A. Employer Identification Numberp. 2
B. Becoming an S Corporationp. 5
C. Business Taxes in Generalp. 6
D. Business Deductionsp. 12
E. Tax Auditsp. 18
Chapter 9 Raising Money for Your Business
A. Two Types of Outside Financingp. 3
B. Twelve Common Sources of Moneyp. 8
C. Document All Money You Receivep. 15
Chapter 10 Buying a Business
A. Finding a Business to Buyp. 2
B. What's the Structure of the Business You Want to Buy?p. 3
C. Gathering Information About a Businessp. 6
D. Valuing the Businessp. 7
E. Other Items to Investigatep. 10
F. Letter of Intent to Purchasep. 12
G. The Sales Agreementp. 14
H. The Closingp. 22
I. Selling a Businessp. 23
Chapter 11 Franchises: How Not to Get Burned
A. An Overview of Franchisesp. 2
B. What Is a Franchise?p. 4
C. Investigating a Franchisep. 5
D. The Uniform Franchise Offering Circularp. 6
E. The Franchise Agreementp. 12
F. Solving Problems With a Franchisorp. 15
Chapter 12 Insuring Your Business
A. Working With an Insurance Agentp. 2
B. Property Coveragep. 4
C. Liability Insurancep. 8
D. Other Insurance to Considerp. 12
E. Saving Money on Insurancep. 14
F. Making a Claimp. 17
Chapter 13 Negotiating a Favorable Lease
A. Finding a Placep. 2
B. Leases and Rental Agreements: An Overviewp. 2
C. Short Term Leases (Month-to-Month Rentals)p. 3
D. Written Long-Term Leasesp. 4
E. Additional Clauses to Considerp. 16
F. Shopping Center Leasesp. 17
G. How to Modify a Leasep. 18
H. Landlord-Tenant Disputesp. 18
I. Getting Out of a Leasep. 20
J. When You Need Professional Helpp. 21
Chapter 14 Home-Based Business
A. Zoning Lawsp. 2
B. Private Land Use Restrictionsp. 7
C. Insurancep. 8
D. Deducting Expenses for Business Use of Your Homep. 10
Chapter 15 Employees and Independent Contractors
A. Hiring Employeesp. 2
B. Job Descriptionsp. 5
C. Job Advertisementsp. 6
D. Job Applicationsp. 6
E. Interviewsp. 9
F. Testingp. 9
G. Investigating Job Application Informationp. 14
H. Immigration Law Requirementsp. 16
I. Personnel Practicesp. 16
J. Illegal Discriminationp. 17
K. Wages and Hoursp. 19
L. Occupational Safety and Healthp. 23
M. Worker's Compensationp. 23
N. Terminationp. 24
O. Unemployment Compensationp. 26
P. Independent Contractorsp. 27
Chapter 16 The Importance of Excellent Relations
A. Developing Your Customer Satisfaction Policyp. 3
B. Telling Customers About Your Policiesp. 5
Chapter 17 Legal Requirements for Dealing With Customers
A. Advertisingp. 2
B. Retail Pricing and Return Practicesp. 5
C. Warrantiesp. 9
D. Consumer Protection Statutesp. 15
Chapter 18 Cash, Checks and Credit Cards
A. Cashp. 2
B. Credit Cardsp. 2
C. Checksp. 3
Chapter 19 Extending Credit and Getting Paid
A. The Practical Side of Extending Creditp. 2
B. Laws That Regulate Consumer Creditp. 8
C. Becoming a Secured Creditorp. 9
D. Collection Problemsp. 10
E. Collection Optionsp. 14
Chapter 20 Put It in Writing: Small Business Contracts
A. What Makes a Valid Contractp. 2
B. Unfair or Illegal Contractsp. 4
C. Misrepresentation, Duress or Mistakep. 5
D. Must a Contract Be in Writing?p. 6
E. Writing Business-to-Business Contractsp. 9
F. The Formalities of Getting a Contract Signedp. 13
G. Enforcing Contracts in Courtp. 17
H. What Can You Sue For?p. 18
Chapter 21 The Financially Troubled Business
A. Thinking Ahead to Protect Your Personal Assetsp. 2
B. Managing the Financially Troubled Businessp. 5
C. Seeking an Objective Analysisp. 8
D. Workoutsp. 10
E. Selling or Closing the Businessp. 13
F. Understanding Bankruptcyp. 15
Chapter 22 Resolving Legal Disputes
A. Negotiating a Settlementp. 2
B. Understanding Mediationp. 3
C. Arbitrationp. 5
D. Going to Courtp. 8
Chapter 23 Representing Yourself in Small Claims Court
A. Deciding Whether to Represent Yourselfp. 2
B. Learning the Rulesp. 4
C. Meeting the Jurisdictional Limitsp. 4
D. Before You File Your Lawsuitp. 6
E. Figuring Out Whom to Suep. 8
F. Handling Your Small Claims Court Lawsuitp. 8
G. Representing Yourself If You're the Defendantp. 11
H. Appealing Small Claims Decisionsp. 11
I. Collecting Your Judgmentp. 12
Chapter 24 Lawyers and Legal Research
A. How to Find the Right Lawyerp. 3
B. Fees and Billsp. 5
C. Problems With Your Lawyerp. 6
D. Do-It-Yourself Legal Researchp. 7
Appendix A
Appendix B