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Legal matters that may come up in an established business

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2023 | Business And Commercial Law

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, California had 4.2 million small businesses in 2022. Starting a new business is an exciting venture filled with dreams of success and growth.

While entrepreneurs often focus on the creative aspects of their startup, overlooking legal steps can lead to challenges that will eventually come up.

Business structure choice

The business structure you choose has significant implications for your business’s legal and financial aspects. Each structure comes with its own set of regulations, tax implications and liability considerations. Taking the time to understand and select the right structure can protect your personal assets and ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Intellectual property protection

Many startups neglect to safeguard their innovative ideas, logos and brand names. Trademarks, copyrights and patents are valuable tools to protect your intellectual property from unauthorized use or infringement. Failing to secure these rights could result in the loss of your unique business assets.

Proper contract drafting

Whether dealing with suppliers, customers or employees, having legally sound contracts can prevent misunderstandings and disputes. Owners also need to have a clear agreement in writing. Contracts should outline terms, responsibilities and expectations, reducing the risk of legal complications and providing a solid foundation for business relationships.

When starting a business, it can be easy to overlook certain legal steps. This can lead to issues down the road, so it is essential to address them as soon as possible to pave the way for long-term success. It is never too late to get the proper legal protections in place.