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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 7 edition (April 16 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316834
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.2 x 27.9 cm
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“Balances its wealth of reproducible documents with straightforward “how-to” instructions and advice...” The Bookwatch


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9fa91798) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a41e0) out of 5 stars This is worth a super rave. Let me explain April 22 2010
By Bob Feeser - Published on
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Every once in awhile you run across something that is surprisingly well designed and superbly organized. I thought this was just going to be another book. With over 60 of the most popular legal forms/contracts it is well worth the price.

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.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a4bac) out of 5 stars An easy-to-use "must-have" for small business owners and managers everywhere March 2 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Now in a newly updated and expanded third edition, Legal Forms For Starting & Running A Small Business is a comprehensive resource packed with forms for getting a business off the ground, borrowing money, hiring employees, creating contracts, buying or leasing space, and much more. Legal Forms For Starting & Running A Small Business balances its wealth of reproducible documents with straightforward "how-to" instructions and advice, a new checklist to help first-timers, and an accompanying Windows and Mac compatible CD-ROM makes printing out the forms a breeze. An easy-to-use "must-have" for small business owners and managers everywhere.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a466c) out of 5 stars Good Resource for Business Start-Up Documentation May 19 2010
By Ardeal - Published on
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This is a handy NOLO book on Start-Up documents. It offers help on creating legal contracts, various agreements, protecting trade secrets and even procedures for hiring employees and contractors. However, if you're just starting to plan your small business, I would advice to buy another NOLO book first: The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide. This second book offers more detail on the procedures and things to consider when starting up a small business, rather than allocating vast resources to sample legal documents.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a4fb4) out of 5 stars The best friend you can have if a small business is your game June 10 2010
By (=^_^=) Broncos Fan - Published on
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Nowhere else have I seen such insightful law books that focus on layman's terms, easy reading, chapters identified and categorized clearly, and all from experts in law.
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8a6198) out of 5 stars Useful information with a caveat Aug. 18 2010
By Bass Cadet - Published on
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
At first, I was considering giving this book three and a half stars. While it does have the necessary forms for starting and running a small business, all in a convenient single book with electronic copies included, similar forms are available from other sources. Having been burned on a business deal, I think the book does not stress enough the need for proper legal advice. While everyone wants to save money by filling these forms out him/herself, it should be stressed that contracts are only as good as the people who sign them. One may have the best possible drafted contract but if the other party ignores it, it could cost a lot of time and effort getting them to honor it. Try googling collecting judgments for entertainment.

That said, this book is good to learn the key points of a contract. I decided to give it four stars because of this introductory material. I have not seen other sources go into as much detail, and I definitely appreciate it. Therefore, this book seems helpful in understanding the basic concepts and would undoubtedly reduce the amount of attorney consultation time necessary.