Common sense tells entrepreneurs there is more to running a successful small business than opening the front doors or maintaining a user-friendly web site. Among the multitude of concerns facing entrepreneurs is how to legally protect their business interests, regardless of whether they stem from a real estate contract for renting or purchasing a new location for their enterprise or an employment agreement with staff members.
“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.