Small Business Legal Center

Learn about the key legal and practical considerations involved in forming a new business entity.

Find out how to comply with workplace laws for small businesses and protect yourself as an employer.

Discover ways to operate and grow your business while adhering to tax and other legal requirements.

Explore legal forms, instructions, and information on starting or running a business in your state.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which corporate form should I choose for my new business?
    Depending on whether you intend to go into business alone or with others, and the extent of liability protection you need, options include sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and LLCs.
  • What kind of business insurance do I need?
    Insurance needs vary across businesses. For example, while all entities typically need general liability insurance, businesses with employees also need workers’ compensation and unemployment coverage.
  • How do I decide where my company should be located?
    When choosing a location for your business, it is important to consider where your target customer base is, as well as the tax, licensing, and regulatory requirements in the state you are considering.
  • Can I check a job applicant’s social media profiles before hiring them?
    While several states have outlawed asking for a job applicant’s social media passwords, employers can view an applicant’s social media profiles if they don’t violate discrimination laws in doing so.
  • How do I dissolve my business?
    The process for shutting down your business will depend on whether you own your business independently or have co-owners, as well as the company’s governing documents along with state and federal law.
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Popular Topics
  • Starting a Business
    Considerations when starting your own business include what corporate form your business will have, what your business plan will include, how to secure financing, where your business will be based.
  • Business Disputes
    Business owners may face disputes with customers, suppliers, employees, co-owners, and others. Company dispute resolution procedures and litigation are among the available options for resolving them.
  • Employment Law Compliance
    When you hire employees, it is important to be aware of and comply with a variety of employment laws related to issues including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, taxes, and employee privacy.
  • Growing Your Business
    If you have started a successful business and wish to expand, you can do so through a number of means, including seeking additional funding, entering new markets, and bidding on government contracts.
  • Buying a Business or Franchise
    Purchasing an existing business can have some advantages over starting your own business, but it is critical to conduct thorough due diligence and negotiate favorable terms when structuring the deal.
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