Your own in-house legal advisor at a fraction of the cost Written in plain-English for business people without any legal training, Law For Small Business For Dummies covers everything you need to be aware of regarding the law when you're starting and running your own business. Cutting through the jargon that can make even the pros scratch their heads, this book quickly gets you up-to-speed on the key areas of business law, including contracts, websites, intellectual property, data protection and partnership agreements. Plus, you'll find out how small business law applies to advertising and marketing, confidentiality agreements, the sale and supply of goods (including e-commerce), negligence and product liability. There were 526,000 new businesses registered in the UK in 2013 and, at some point, all of them will be faced with legal risks that could make the difference between success and failure. One claim could wipe out a fledgling business' profits, and hit even big businesses harder than they could ever imagine.
If you're the owner of a new business and need to get a handle on the ins and outs of small business law and don't have the budget to employ an in-house legal advisor this trusted, approachable guide is your answer. * Covers the laws surrounding the most common risks small businesses face * Addresses how to deal with legal issues before a potentially costly dispute arises * Provides access to handy sample contract templates on Dummies.com * Serves as your own in-house legal advisor at a fraction of the cost If you're an existing business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur thinking about starting your own business, Law For Small Business For Dummies gives you answers to questions you didn't even know to ask!
Clive Rich is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and negotiator. He is Chairman of LawBite, an online legal service providing 'Simple Law for Small Companies' (www.lawbite.co.uk).
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Legal Requirements 5 Chapter 1: Starting Your Legal Journey: Business Structures and Initial Research 7 Chapter 2: Setting up and Running Your Business Structure: Legal Formalities 23 Chapter 3: Choosing Your Funding Partner 43 Chapter 4: Closing the Funding Agreement 59 Part II: Launching Your Business Legal Essentials 81 Chapter 5: Contracting Consultants and Employees 83 Chapter 6: Dealing with Your Online Responsibilities 107 Chapter 7: Staying Onside in the Workplace 123 Chapter 8: Protecting What You Own: Intellectual Property 147 Chapter 9: Acquiring and Using Your Own Software 173 Part III: Growing the Business The Legal Blueprint 191 Chapter 10: Cooking Up a Tasty Contract with Your Suppliers 193 Chapter 11: Contracting with Suppliers for Services 213 Chapter 12: Creating Legal Contracts with Consumers 227 Chapter 13: Saying Bonjour, Ciao, Hola, Ni Hao to Trading Abroad 245 Part IV: Staying in Business Legal Pitfalls 263 Chapter 14: Managing Your Legal Risks 265 Chapter 15: Winning Disputes (When You Can t Avoid Them) 279 Chapter 16: Coping with Liquidation and Insolvency 299 Part V: Exiting Successfully Legal Secrets 323 Chapter 17: Lifting Off to Further Business Goals 325 Chapter 18: Cashing In: Selling Your Business 341 Part VI: The Part of Tens 359 Chapter 19: Top Ten Legal Bear Pits to Avoid 361 Chapter 20: Ten Documents You Need to Get Signed 367 Chapter 21: Shush! Ten Secrets of Negotiation 375 Chapter 22: Ten Ways You Can Expect Your Lawyer to Behave 385 Index 395