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Laying Down the Law

Don't be legally blind--watch for these common start-up blunders.

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This story appears in the March 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You just started your --who has time to think about anexit strategy? If you're putting off making such plans,you've committed a very common legal mistake, says Alan S.Kopit, partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in andadvisor to Lawyers.com. "Now is the time to decide thoseissues--not after a problem develops," he says. Here, Kopitruns down a few more common legal blunders to avoid:

  • Failing to get good advice:Don't ever go it alone. Instead, Kopit suggests entrepreneursenlist the services and counsel of a good , an accountant andan at the very beginning of their start-upventures. "Younger [entrepreneurs] particularly need people tobounce their ideas off of," he says.
  • Neglecting important employmentconsiderations: Hiring issues are a major legalconsideration for start-ups. Consider whether you need a writtennoncompete contract with employees, whether you'll useindependent contractors and so on.

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