“It is vitally important for everyone over 18 to have a Last Will and Testament. Maybe more important is for all people to have a plan in place in the event they become incapacitated or gravely ill,” says Doug Thesenvitz, an estate planning attorney with Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
If you thought storing your client’s files on the clouds not only ensured nearly constant access to the information anytime, anywhere as well as complete confidentiality, think again. As long as there are hackers willing to do anything to infiltrate private information, there are risks associated with storing your client’s proprietary data on the clouds. Fortunately, however, there are steps business owners can take to lessen the chances of cloud infiltration.
“Estate planning for the small business owner is important because it allows the small business owner to set forth his or her plan for the orderly transfer of the company,” says Alan S. Acker, Of Counsel with the law firm of Carlile Patchen & Murphy in Columbus.
With all of the necessary forms for small business owners, it can sometimes be overwhelming. All of the legal steps involved can sometimes seem like just too much! Wouldn't it be nice if they were all just located online in some central place, where you could access them whenever you needed? That's where websites like Legal Zoom come in. They pretty much use the information that you give them to fill out the forms, and then you can send them to the proper department, your state, county, etc.
When you are in business, there will be times that you need to prepare a legal document. Depending on the industry you are in, these can include employment forms, sales documents, business plans, non-disclosure agreements, or rental contracts. While having an attorney on retainer to complete these forms for you is a nice idea, it can also be very costly. In many cases, there is no need to re-invent the wheel- you can find many prewritten legal documents online that you can use for your business. There are some sites that offer free documents, and others that require a subscription or allow you to purchase documents on an as needed basis. While either type of site may work for you, understand that in business, you usually get what you pay for. The following are four sources for prewritten legal documents that you can use to get you started.