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How to Choose an Accountant Who Is Also an Advisor

What an accountant can do to help keep your startup running.

7 Qualities to Look For in a Lawyer

Once you have a list of attorneys to consider, be sure to watch what they say and do before you sign them on.

Most New Business Ideas Hatching for 6 or More Months

A new report shows that most new business owners spend months working on their business plan prior to starting up.

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

A quick guide to finding a legal professional that is the right fit for your business.

Incorporating Your Business

When starting your business, it's worth taking the time to think through which legal structure will be best for you and your business. Here is some guidance on the basics.

How to Defend Your Designs Against Knockoffs

There are many ways to fight copycats--and they may even lead to opportunities.

When Bad Online Reviews Cost Business

A Washington, D.C., contractor sues a dissatisfied customer for $750,000 over a negative Yelp review.

How Not to Get Burned When a Partnership Goes Bad

Attorney Nina Kaufman on why a written agreement can be a critical asset for keeping partners accountable.

The Top 3 Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make and How to Avoid Them

Messy legal issues can derail a new business. It's best to keep it clean from the start.

3 Reasons Sole Proprietorship Might Not Be Right for You

Attorney Nina Kaufman on when entrepreneurs should steer clear of this business entity.

Legal Tips for Setting Up a 'DBA'

Attorney Nina Kaufman on establishing a new name under which your company can do business.

What You Need to Know Before Taking on Investors

Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the legal precautions business owners need to take.

3 Critical Elements of Client Agreements

Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines what's needed before you begin working with a client.

3 Reasons to Consider a Legal Exit Strategy

Attorney Nina Kaufman explains how an exit strategy can be useful if unexpected situations arise.

3 Reasons to Incorporate Your Business

Attorney Nina Kaufman on when it makes sense to incorporate your startup company.

3 Reasons Why Your Website Should Include Terms and Conditions

Attorney Nina Kaufman outlines why you should have the right policies in place online.

When to Take Legal Action Over Late-Paying Customers

Consider these three issues before suing a client over unpaid fees.

The Biggest Legal Mistake to Avoid in Partnerships

About to strike a business partnership? Attorney Nina Kaufman shares advice on how to do it right.

How to Stop a Competitor from Using a Similar Business Name

Attorney Nina Kaufman explains the steps you can take to protect your name.

How to Know Which State to Incorporate Your Business

You might not want to incorporate in a state other than the one where your company is doing business, attorney Mark Kohler says.

How to Get Low-Cost Legal Services

The secret? Persuade lawyers that your scrappy startup will one day be a paying client, says serial entrepreneur Mark Hirsch.

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