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.
Publisher: Chicago : American Bar Association, c2010.
Description: p. cm.
Subject: Small business Law and legislation United States Popular works.
Notes: Includes index.
Contents: Getting started : business ideas and funding them -- Clearing the decks : keeping the legal side in mind can save time and money -- Do you need a lawyer? : a quick guide to when you need legal help and when you don't -- Choosing a business lawyer : how to find the right lawyer for your company -- Buying a business : the basics, including how you can maximize your advantage -- Is franchising for you? : practical, hands-on tips for evaluating a franchise opportunity -- Understanding and negotiating the franchise agreement : don't be intimidated when confronted by those bulky legal documents -- If your business is ten feet from the kitchen : be worry-free by taking care of these legal wrinkles affecting home-based businesses -- Location, location, location : your guide to protecting yourself in leasing property and more -- Buying peace of mind : that's what insurance is for but don't forget the legal dimensions -- Sole proprietorships : it's easy, it's popular but know what you're getting into -- Partnerships : they come in many flavors, including general and limited which one's for you? -- Is a corporation for you? : they're persons under the law, which opens up many intriguing possibilities -- Limited trouble and paperwork : find out why limited liability companies are sweeping the country -- So what's the best business form for you? : we lay out your options, the choice is yours -- Hiring employees : hiring without hassles -- Laws affecting employees : a short course on law in the workplace and how knowing what's up can benefit you -- Terminating employees : we cover everything from tips on how to let someone go to noncompete agreements -- Maintaining a safe place of business : for your employees, customers, business contacts, and other folks on your premises -- The legal side of dealing with customers : all you need to know about the consumer protection laws -- Extending credit : bottom-line tips on accepting checks and credit cards and offering your own credit -- The check isn't in the mail! collection do's and don'ts for small-business owners -- Contracts : understanding legally enforceable agreements in your business's transactions -- Special contract terms : some tips on what those strange clauses mean to you -- What if there's a dispute? keeping the lid on time, hassles, and costs -- Too good to be true : watch out for these scams against your business -- Protecting your intellectual property rights : the lowdown on patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, and more -- Business taxes 101 : knowing the basics of taxation can help you plan and save money -- Then there's the state and the city : a quick look at how you can owe less -- Tangling with the government : you have rights know how to use them -- Sink or swim : facing financial difficulties : the law, and your lawyer, may be able to help -- Selling a business : there are plenty of possible arrangements but you want the best -- Retirement planning for the business owner : the law gives you a lot of attractive options -- Till death do us part : what will happen to your family business when you die? plan ahead to avoid disaster.