Legal Issues for Small Businesses

Almost every small business must deal with legal issues during operations. Most legal issues are compliance in nature, filing proper documents with authorities etc. Others include negotiating contracts and agreements between the business and other entities. Some legal issues go beyond the knowledge of the owner and require assistance from counsel.

Tenancy in Partnership

Tenancy in Partnership

Tenancy in partnership is an important principle in understanding an individual partner’s ownership right as it relates to the partnership and the law of partnership. Does he own the assets jointly or as tenants in common?

Partnership Agreements – An Introduction

Partnership Agreements

There is a tremendous amount of information to convey to fully understand partnership agreements. This is the first in a series of articles related to partnership agreements. Throughout this series I will explain the various sections and issues a small business owner faces in creating a sound and fair agreement with a single or multiple partners.

Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees

Exempt Employees

The Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 sets the standards as it relates to Exempt and Non-Exempt employees and their associated compensation and work standards. The Labor Standards Act is located in Chapter 20 Section 201 of the Federal Code. This Act is applicable to those small business operations with more than $500,000 of annual revenues and who participate in interstate commerce.

Piercing the Corporate Veil

Piercing the Corporate Veil

When shareholders invest into a corporation, there is an expectation of limited losses amounting to the financial investment made. However, if the company is not properly run, officers, directors and shareholders are exposed to the blade of the law. This is known as piercing the corporate veil. Therefore it is critical for any shareholder, director, or officer of a small corporation to understand what is required to protect your personal assets from exposure to creditors and the long arm of the government.

Why You Should Incorporate Your Business

Incorporate

As a small business grows, there comes a time when the owner(s) should consider incorporating the business. A corporation is a separate entity recognized by the state of domicile for the business. It is as if a new life is created. The state acknowledges the existence of this entity and therefore grants limited legal rights similar to those rights possessed by the citizens of that state. 

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