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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  • Lectures 9
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • You don't need to know, do or bring anything to take this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome and Entities

Welcome. And general overview of the course.


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

Section 2: Employment Classification - Independent Contractor versus Employee

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

Section 3: Contracts

The basics of contracts.

Section 4: Other Labor and Employment Issues
Other Labor and Employment Issues
Section 5: Disputes and Litigation
Disputes and Litigation
Section 6: Getting Investment
Getting Investment
Section 7: Trademarks
Section 8: Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets

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Instructor Biography

Stephen Kane, 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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