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Title:
Legal forms for starting & running a small business
ISBN:
9781413327311
Edition:
11th ed.
Physical Description:
492 pages : forms ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Your small business legal companion -- Contract basics -- Forming your business -- Running your corporation -- Borrowing money -- Buying a business -- Leasing space -- Purchasing real estate -- Buying, selling, manufacturing, renting, and storing goods -- Hiring employees and independent contractors -- Extending credit and getting paid.
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As a small business owner, you can't afford to farm paperwork and contracts out to a lawyer--you have to deal with them yourself. With Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business, you can act with confidence. Here you'll find the forms you need to start and grow your business. Each document comes with thorough, plain-English, line-by-line instructions to help you: write contracts, prepare corporate bylaws, prepare an LLC operating agreement, buy a business, hire employees and consultants, create noncompete agreements, protect your trade secrets, record minutes of meetings, lease commercial space, buy real estate, borrow or lend money, and much more. --
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Create solid contracts for your business

As a small business owner, you can't afford to farm paperwork and contracts out to a lawyer--you have to deal with them yourself. With Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business , you can act with confidence.

Here you'll find the forms you need to start and grow your business. Each document comes with thorough, plain-English, line-by-line instructions to help you:

write contracts prepare corporate bylaws prepare an LLC operating agreement buy a business hire employees and consultants create noncompete agreements protect your trade secrets record minutes of meetings lease commercial space buy real estate borrow or lend money, and much more.

The 11th edition has been thoroughly reviewed and updated by Nolo's experts, and provides the most up-to-date legal information for small businesses.

With Downloadable Forms: Download and customize more than 65 forms to help you start and run your small business (details inside).


Author Notes

Fred Steingold practiced law in Ann Arbor, Michigan, working with all kinds of small businesses. He authored several Nolo books, including the bestselling Legal Guide for Starting Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook.


Table of Contents

Your Small Business Legal Companionp. 1
Four Practical Ways to Use the Forms in This Bookp. 3
Do You Need a Lawyer?p. 5
1 Contract Basicsp. 7
Names Clause: Identifying the Parties to a Contractp. 8
Signature Clause: Signing a Contractp. 9
Standard Clausesp. 16
Resolving Disputesp. 19
Attachmentsp. 21
Amendmentsp. 23
2 Forming Your Businessp. 27
Form 2A Checklist for Starting a Small Businessp. 30
Form 2B Partnership Agreementp. 39
Form 2C Preincorporation Agreementp. 45
Form 2D Corporate Bylawsp. 51
Form 2E Stock Agreementp. 55
Form 2F LLC Operating Agreement for Single-Member LLCp. 58
Form 2G LLC Membership Certificatep. 63
Form 2H Stock Certificatep. 63
3 Running Your Corporationp. 65
Form 3A Notice of Shareholders' Meetingp. 68
Form 3B Notice of Directors' Meetingp. 70
Form 3C Shareholder Proxyp. 72
Form 3D Minutes of Shareholders' Meetingp. 72
Form 3E Minutes of Directors' Meetingp. 74
Form 3F Minutes of Telephone Conference Directors' Meetingp. 76
Form 3G Consent of Shareholdersp. 77
Form 3H Consent of Directorsp. 79
4 Borrowing Moneyp. 81
Understanding Promissory Notes in Generalp. 82
The Promissory Notes in This Chapterp. 86
Form 4A Promissory Note (Amortized Monthly or Annual Payments)p. 88
Form 4B Promissory Note (Balloon Payment)p. 91
Form 4C Promissory Note (Interest-Only Payments)p. 92
Form 4D Promissory Note (Lump-Sum Payment)p. 94
Form 4E Security Agreement for Borrowing Moneyp. 95
5 Buying a Businessp. 101
Form 5A Contract for Purchase of Assets From an Unincorporated Businessp. 104
Form 5B Contract for Purchase of Assets From a Corporationp. 116
Form 5C Corporate Resolution Authorizing Sale of Assetsp. 118
Form 5D Contract for Purchase of Corporate Stockp. 119
Form 5E Bill of Sale for Business Assetsp. 123
Form 5F Seller's Affidavit-No Creditorsp. 125
Form 5C Security Agreement for Buying Business Assets-p. 127
6 Leasing Spacep. 131
Form 6A Gross Leasep. 133
Form 6B Net Lease for Entire Buildingp. 141
Form 6C Net Lease for Part of Buildingp. 144
Form 6D Subleasep. 149
Form 6E Landlord's Consent to Subleasep. 154
Form 6F Assignment of Leasep. 156
Form 6G Notice of Exercise of Lease Optionp. 158
Form 6H Extension of Leasep. 159
Form 6I Amendment to Leasep. 161
Form 6J Attachment to Leasep. 162
7 Purchasing Real Estatep. 165
Beware of Possible Environmental Problemsp. 167
Form 7A Contract to Purchase Buildingp. 169
Form 7B Option to Purchase Buildingp. 178
Form 7C Contract to Purchase Vacant Landp. 181
Form 7D Option to Purchase Vacant Landp. 183
Form 7E Attachment to Contractp. 185
Form 7F Amendment of Contractp. 186
Form 7G Removal of Contingencyp. 187
Form 7H Extension of Time to Remove Contingenciesp. 188
Form 7I Exercise of Option to Purchase Real Estatep. 189
8 Buying, Selling, Manufacturing, Renting, and Storing Goodsp. 191
Form 8A Sales Contract (Lump-Sum Payment)p. 192
Form 8B Sales Contract (Installment Payments)p. 196
Form 8C Bill of Sale for Goodsp. 199
Form 8D Security Agreement for Buying Goodsp. 201
Form 8E Contract for Manufacture of Goodsp. 203
Form 8F Equipment Rental Contractp. 205
Form 8G Storage Contractp. 208
Form 8H Consignment Contractp. 210
9 Hiring Employees and Independent Contractorsp. 213
Form 9A Employment Applicationp. 216
Form 9B Authorization to Release Informationp. 218
Form 9C Offer Letterp. 219
Form 9D Confidentiality Agreementp. 220
Form 9E Covenant Not to Competep. 223
Form 9F Contract With Independent Contractorp. 226
10 Extending Credit and Getting Paidp. 233
Form 10A Credit Application for an Individual Customerp. 234
Form 10B Adverse Action Letterp. 236
Form 10C Credit Application for a Business Customerp. 238
Form 10D First Collection Letterp. 239
Form 10E Second Collection Letterp. 239
Form 10F Third Collection Letterp. 240
Appendixes
A How to Use the Downloadable Forms on the Nolo Websitep. 241
Editing RTFsp. 242
List of Formsp. 243
B Formsp. 245
Indexp. 475