Are there any similar or confusing names that are used outside your business?

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Pay attention to those with names that are similar or easy to confuse with your name. Even when other businesses don’t use your exact name, they can still have rights to get you to stop using your name if it provides confusion for customers.

Do you have the rights to your company’s name?

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Your name is an important part of your marketing and your reputation. One of the biggest mistakes made by small businesses is to use a name they don’t have full rights to use. Make sure you have the rights you need to use your name.

Does your business comply with securities laws when selling stock and other investments in the business?

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When raising funds from friends, relatives and others, you need to make sure you are complying with securities laws. No matter how small the funds involved, you are subject to securities laws.

Are rights relating to voting, selling stock, dividends clearly spelled out?

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Do people involved in the business know their rights – rights to vote, share in profits, sell stock, etc. Miscommunication can cost you friends, employees, money, lawsuits and your business.

Are rights in ownership clear to protect against multiple ownership claims in your business?

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Facebook is probably the latest, well-known example of a small business that grew fast and then had to go back and deal with multiple, and unclear, claims of ownership from people helping raise financing to people who discussed business ideas with the ultimate owner. Make sure your ownership rights are straight from the beginning.

Operating Properly Over The Internet

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Most small businesses are using the Internet. Laws for operating your business over the Internet are changing frequently. Make sure you are up-to-date and protected.

Compliance With Laws And Regulations

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There are so many laws, permits, licenses, and regulations that it is easy to try to ignore them. Have a professional on your side who can help you keep up with and use these laws and regulations to your advantage.

Litigation Prevention

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When small businesses go to court, they usually lose. Even when they might win a judgment, the costs and time lost results in a big loss for the small business. Take advantage of the many ways to reduce the risk of litigation.

Clear Contracts

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Small businesses often ignore contracts because they take too much time to read and negotiate. When small businesses sign contracts, especially with bigger companies, sometimes they fail to make sure they understand exactly what they are signing. Both of these things can lead to disastrous results.

Smart Leases

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Leases create long-term obligations, which can present challenges for small businesses faced with uncertainty about future growth and organizational change. It is important to think ahead before signing any lease.