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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Best Practices for Small Business by Gina Abudi, Brandon Toropov

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Chapter 15
The Right Side of the Law
In This Chapter
• Knowing the basics of the law
• Understanding the importance of contracts
• Protecting yourself from lawsuits
• Protecting your intellectual property
The best preamble to all that follows is: hire a good lawyer first.
That’s because no book can replace a qualified attorney who knows your enterprise well. When it comes to safeguarding your business, its assets, and all its various stakeholders, you really do need a personal legal resource. We’re not saying you should keep an attorney on retainer—though many small businesses do—but you will want to have access to a lawyer who knows you, your products, your services, and your customers, so that when you need help you have someone to talk to.

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