The Insider: Legal

How to Know When You Need a Contract

Do you really need a legal agreement for every business relationship you enter into? Lawyer Rachel Rodgers offers her insights.

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Is Your Business "Partnership" as Solid as You Think?

Co-founders and "partners" beware: without a formal agreement, you may not have the same rights to your company's future that you think you do.

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How to Protect Yourself and Your Startup From Partnership Woes

When two or more people begin a business for profit, the company instantly becomes a general partnership. So what happens to your partner -- or you -- when your startup plans go south?

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Restricted Stock or Stock Options? 5 Factors to Consider

Most early-stage startups use equity to attract and keep talented workers. Here are five reasons why providing restricted stock is more effective than stock options.

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4 Ways Legal Websites Fall Short for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs always want to save money, but legal websites are not the same as lawyers. Lawyer Peter Minton shares 4 reasons to be cautious about going the cheaper route.

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Why You Need That Client Agreement in Writing

After having her first face-off with a dissatisfied client, freelance writer and editorial consultant Thursday Bram decided she'd never let a client push her around again.

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I Was Almost Sued by The New York Times

A young entrepreneur shares a story of trying to take on the big boys -- and getting a rude awakening.

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5 Reasons Your Company Should Invest in Strategic Bylaws

Bylaws should be recognized for what they are: one of the wisest investments a business owner can make to ensure the long-term effectiveness of their company.

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How to Survive a Bad Business Break-Up

Kent Healy learned the hard way that a business partnership is like a marriage. Here he discusses what its like to go through a nasty divorce and how he rebounded from the experience.

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3 Things to Consider When Dealing With Lawyers

Working with a lawyer can be costly and time consuming. Here are some strategies to help control legal costs and focus on doing what you love -- building your business.

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