Opening your business on a solid legal foundation is probably the easiest part of the start-up process. Everything is under your control. You simply find out what the legal paperwork and other requirements are, and get professional help preparing for the contingencies you could encounter down the road.
Securing a trademark is the best way to protect your business name. Remember to also buy the rights to a corresponding URL, because it’s a separate process.
You probably own more intellectual property than you realize. We’re talking non-disclosure agreements as well as patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Federal, state, and local governments: They all want to know who you are and what you’re doing. Compliance is easy, so get it done right – right away.
If you’re located in the wrong neighborhood, you may not be able to remodel, expand, or even put a sign on your door. That’s just one of the reasons why you need to choose a business-friendly location.
What happens to the other partners when a business owner exits – for any reason? A buy-sell agreement is protection against nasty surprises.