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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-
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.
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|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 IssuesPreview
|Section 5: Disputes and Litigation|
Disputes and Litigation
|Section 6: Getting Investment|
|Section 7: Trademarks|
|Section 8: Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets|
Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
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.