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Essentials of Start Up & Small Business Law

Learn how to spot legal issues & needs. And how to find the right solution(s), including some cost saving DIY hacks.
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Created by Stephen Kane
Last updated 7/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Get some legal stuff done more easily and cheaper via online services
Learn how to do some legal stuff yourself or for free
Learn what to look for when hiring an attorney
Learn how to negotiate a fair fee for attorneys
Know what questions to ask when you do hire an attorney
Learn how to keep yourself protected
Learn the key things to look for when reviewing a contract
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  • You don't need to know, do or bring anything to take this course

If you're a small business owner, entrepreneur or lawyer in a different field of law, this course is for you. You'll learn how to spot basic legal issues and get pro tips and hacks re how to handle them. Whether that means hiring a lawyer (and if so, what kind of lawyer and what questions to ask when you do) or considering doing it yourself - much more of an option for some things these days. And we'll cover the following topics-

  • Entity formation, i.e. sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, C Corp, S Corp
  • Independent Contractors versus Employees
  • Contracts - employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, business agreements (with other companies), non disclosure agreements, shareholder agreements, founder agreements, licensing agreements, user agreements etc.
  • Other labor & employment basics
  • Disputes and how to handle them
  • Fundraising documents including cap tables
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright, Patents, & Trade Secrets

The course will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes total. Throughout the course I'll recommend various do it yourself / do it inexpensively options. Including how to file a Del. C corp for basically free (other than government filing fees) and where to get the best free independent contractor agreement templates, for example. I'll also teach you how to protect yourself with things like entity formation, insurance and the right contract language.

You don't need any special software, tools or study guides to take this course. But you may want to take notes here and there on some of the resources I recommend throughout the course. And bring a "law won't intimidate me, I'm ready to learn how to ask lawyers good questions and spot important issues myself" mindset. Other than that, let's try to have a good time. Law can be dull but I try to make it more relevant and had fun making this course. Hope you do too.

Who is the target audience?
  • Business owners should take this course
  • Start up entrepreneurs should take this course
  • Lawyers looking to brush up on business or IP law should take this course
  • People without a sense of humor should not take this course
  • People who will give me a bad review should not take this course
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 01:17:11
Welcome and Entities
2 Lectures 14:20

Welcome. And general overview of the course.

Preview 01:33

Sole proprietorship, partnership, llc or corporation. Learn what's best and how to form an entity.

Preview 12:47
Employment Classification - Independent Contractor versus Employee
1 Lecture 09:43

How do I know whether to hire someone as a contractor or employee? In either case, I can I document everything cost effectively?

Preview 09:43
1 Lecture 10:22

The basics of contracts.

Preview 10:22
Other Labor and Employment Issues
1 Lecture 08:07
Disputes and Litigation
1 Lecture 08:00
Disputes and Litigation
Getting Investment
1 Lecture 08:51
Getting Investment
1 Lecture 08:42
Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
1 Lecture 09:06
Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
About the Instructor
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Start Up & Small Business Attorney. Legal Tech Founder.

Stephen L. Kane has legal and business experience ranging from corporate to small business to startup. As a business owner and entrepreneur, he has confronted many of the same challenges encountered by startups, and provides practical legal advice from the perspective of a lawyer who “gets” business. He is a former associate at the national firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Stanford University.

Stephen is an instructor at General Assembly where he teaches an Essentials of Start Up Law workshop. And an advisor at Bixel Exchange, a tech accelerator within the LA Chamber of Commerce. He provides legal workshops at the LA Law Library, the second largest law library in the world. And Chairs GRID110, a non profit that helps start ups in downtown LA succeed. Stephen is also Founder & CEO of ArbiClaims, an online small claims court alternative. 

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