Legal resources for entrepreneurs

Learn more about issues that often result in court disputes.

By Anne Field, FSB contributor

FSB -- Seeking legal advice can be costly. Get more out of your next conversation with your lawyer by doing some homework ahead of time. Here are some useful sites and articles to help you take a proactive approach to issues that often result in legal suits - so you can stay out of the court room.

Partnerships

Plan now to preserve your partnership. This article from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers a useful list of details to cover in a partnership agreement.

Strategic alliances

"Zero to $1 Billion." This article from FORTUNE Small Business looks at the ways that small companies have used strategic alliances to grow rapidly, among other expansion strategies.

Intellectual property

Copyright, patent, trademark. The National Federation for Independent Business's toolbox covers key issues, from finding a patent lawyer to protecting yourself from accusations of patent infringement.

Protect your ideas. This series of articles from the Small Business Administration will help you identify what is unique about your product. It also answers common questions about protecting your innovations.

Ten steps to protect your great idea. This brief from SCORE will help you plan the steps you need to take to safeguard your idea. Top of page

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Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.