Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business Paperback – Apr 16 2012
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Get a load of the way it is organized. The second half of the book is the standardized forms in a tear out format. So if you want to copy them on a copier, you just tear them out and go. Additionally, included in the back of the book is a CD Rom. On it are all the forms, but get this, they are in RTF format, and others in PDF format. So you can open any form you like, keeping all stored on your computer in the program called "Small Business Legal Forms" that autoloads when you insert the CDROM. So it shows up as a single program on your start>Programs menu, but as you click on each submenu it expands into the individual forms. So you don't have to pull the book off of the shelf unless you need further guidance. Now these forms in RTF (rich text format) are compatible with your word processor so you can edit them. So you open the file, and fill in the information according to the instructions and sample agreements in the book.
That takes me to the next feature and that is the book does a lot more than just list forms. For example creating a "non-compete" agreement has several pages of explanations, legal advice as to how to create one. What types of agreements hold up in court, and which ones don't; complete with examples. So you are getting way more than a simple book of forms, but rather a treatise on the legal and functional ramifications of using that law.
On the CD are also lots of forms in the PDF format. You can download the free reader from Adobe, and be able to edit these forms, as in fill in the blanks, but with the free reader version you can't save the files, but that is not a problem since you can always print them out already filled in for a professional look. That way the original file remains unchanged for future use.
So with this book you can create and customize your own forms. You may still want to seek the advice of qualified counsel if what you are trying to accomplish is one that has larger financial or ethical consequences. An alternative to the expense of full counsel is to use, and I have to avoid putting a dot com address in here, but you can access professional help by getting "just answers" in relation to regular pricing. That's worth raving about as well, but not relevant to the book review.
I have several of the NOLO books, and found them to be very useful. I was immediately impressed with this one though, due in part to its size. It is a full 8 1/2" by 11" book with almost 500 pages. A great buy and highly recommended reading if you are in business or generally have a need for legal forms.
This is NOT a how to start your own business book, these are the forms- with a lot of helpful information too. Much of this lawyering stuff can be done on your own with this book's forms, but thankfully, this book also tells you when you should hire a lawyer because of technical intricacies. For example. In dealing with real estate titles, "it's best to have an expert draft the mortgage or deed of trust that will secure the loan."
Legal jargon can change from state to state and this book clarifies that. For example, most states use the term 'articles of incorporation' but some (CT, DE, NY, OK) use the term 'certificate of incorporation,' Washington calls it 'document of certificate of formation,' and Tennessee refers to it simply as a 'charter.'
The book begins by explaining contract basics and then providing forms with step by step guidance for filling out the forms.
Forms included are for:
Forming Your Business
Running Your Corporation
Buying a Business
Purchasing Real Estate
Buying, Selling, Manufacturing, Renting and Storing Goods
Hiring Employees and Independent Contractors
Extending Credit and Getting Paid
At 482 pages, you get a lot of information and forms and also included is the CD for computer printing all the forms.
The information on Guide for the Small Business provides information for the beginner to the more advanced.
One of the businesses many attempt is to buy into a franchise; but this book provides the warnings you may need before you take the plunge. And, more importantly, the title of the chapter is Franchises: How Not to Get Burned.
Another option many people look into is running a home-based business. And one of the most important aspects in beginning, is Negotiating a Favorable Lease. First thing, a lease is a contract and you want to cover all angles.
A problem many small businesses tend to run into is with the employees. Everything you need to know about employees is provided. Employees are the bloodline, learn about them. From there, you have the customers, the other vein of the bloodline.
The first part of the book revolves around the more complex issues, namely, partnerships, agreements, liability, corporations, buyouts, etc. And you can also delve into help for The Finacially Troubled Business.
I cannot express how user friendly these Nolo books are, the book is full-size paperback, nice wide margins, plenty of white space for notetaking, shaded areas, graphic symbols for easy locating topics, nice large and bold fond, tips, cautionaries, sources and resources offered, etc. Try a companion book The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide ~ Excellent reference, great thorough index.......Rizzo
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