Book Description: From opening day to tax day, this is the all-in-one book you need! Small business owners are regularly confronted by a bewildering array of legal questions and problems. Ignoring them can lead to disaster -- but with lawyers typically charging $200-$300 an hour, calling one to answer routine legal questions can be a fast track to the poorhouse. Fortunately, you have a better alternative: Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business clearly explains the practical and legal information you need to raise start-up money, choose between a sole proprietorship, partnership or LLC, get licenses and permits, buy or sell a business or franchise, negotiate a favorable lease, insure your business, hire independent contractors safely, understand small business tax rules, pick and protect a good name, resolve legal disputes, adopt the best customer policies, enter into strong contracts and cope with financial problems. The 9th edition is completely updated and revised to provide the latest regulations, tax numbers and business realities. It also provides a start-up checklist, an expanded discussion about choosing a business structure, updates to bankruptcy law -- and much more.