What Do You Need to Start a Small Business?

What Do You Need to Start a Small Business?  In some cases you may need to hire a small business attorney and in some cases you may not. It's probably always a good idea to speak with a small business attorney before starting a business, however there are some times when you may be able to get away with not doing so.  An instance you may not need to consult a small business attorney is if you are starting a Read More

Contract Terms and Conditions That Could Be Helpful

When entering into an agreement the contract terms and conditions should be read and assessed based on multiple factors, to include the outcome you wish to achieve.  When evaluating the contract language, there are some “standard” contract terms and conditions that can really hurt you if you don’t understand it or agree to it.  Additionally, there are some contract terms and conditions that can be very helpful to you Read More

Employment Policies – What’s So Special About Them?

Everyone talks about employment policies, I'm sure that is what you are thinking as a small business owner.  But, what are employment policies and why do you need them? Employment policies are often disseminated in the form of an employee handbook.  This book sets forth the employment policies that your small business has in place.  There is a valid argument to have employment policies, even if your business is Read More

Non-Disclosure Agreement: Do I need one in California?

A Non-Disclosure Agreement in California is an agreement between two or more people or companies that limit what secrets, if any, you will share with them and what the other person to the agreement can do with those secrets.  I'll provide a couple examples of instances when a Non-Disclosure Agreement may be warranted: Example No. 1: You decide to go into business with someone else to develop your new iPhone Read More

How To Find An Attorney To Represent Your Small Business When You Have Been Sued

How to Find an Attorney Of course, as a small business owner one of the relationships you should form early on is one with a small business attorney.  But, if you need to figure out how to find an attorney, then you can follow one or more of these steps: 1. Ask Around. You can ask for recommendations from (1) other business owners; (2) professionals, such as your insurance broker, accountants, bankers and others Read More

Legal Forms: A Good Idea for Small Business Use?

I am running across more and more small business owners who have declared to me that practicing law is a matter of completing legal forms.  Well, sort of. What these small business owners are missing is multi-fold: 1)  There are plenty of legal forms on the internet and elsewhere, but part of the issue is knowing which legal forms to complete. 2)  The form you may think you need may not be the correct form at Read More

Do I Need a Small Business Attorney for My Small Business?

Usually you do not need a small business attorney for your small business. However, some situations present themselves which probably lend themselves to finding a small business attorney. Some times you may be looking for a small business attorney include: Your Company or You Are Sued That's not too hard. Although you can usually represent yourself in court and do not need to hire a small business attorney Read More

Use a Prejudgment Writ of Attachment to Enforce Your Contract

What is a prejudgment writ of attachment anyway?  Well, what if right at the beginning of a lawsuit you could have the sheriff take assets from the other party to the contract in an amount that would satisfy a judgment on a breach of contract claim? Well, in in some circumstances and for certain types of lawsuits, you actually can do that. That is the purpose of a a prejudgment writ of attachment. The benefits to Read More

Small Business Insurance: How Much Do You Need?

There are so many choices when it comes to small business insurance, so what small business insurance do you need and how much?  In order to protect yourself and your small business, you should have small business insurance in place, the types of small business insurance and the amounts will vary, but here are some ideas of what you should consider: General Liability This small business insurance should protect you Read More

Best Small Business to Start Up

Ever wondered how to start the best small business?  I often wonder what is the most successful.  Being a small business lawyer, I see many types of small businesses and listen to many different small business ideas, but the best small business can vary widely depending on where you are, both physically and in your life, what your likes and dislikes are, are many other considerations.  Of course, every year several Read More