Common Legal Problems that Small Businesses and Non-Profits Run into and How to Prevent Them

Legal Area:        Business Employment Intellectual Property Patents Trademarks
Total Credit Hours:        1.50
Ethics Credit Included:        0.00
Registration Fee:        $35.00
Course Materials:        textaudiovideo
Session END DATE:        10/31/2018

** available any time of day and in time increments convenient to you through end date above **, together with the Houston Bar Association, are pleased to present a special online CLE program designed to address common legal problems that small buinesses and non-profits run into and how to prevent them. The life cycle of a small business brings different challenges. In this seminar, we will discuss - and offer possible solutions to - various common legal problems that impact small businesses (and non-profits) at the start up and growth stages in a company's life cycle. Topics will include hiring and retention of employees, organization matters, trademark, intellectual property protection, real estate basics, and dispute management. This seminar will also examine governance fundamentals for non-profits. This course features streaming video and audio (as well as downloadable MP3 audio) presentations from a live CLE seminar on this topic that was originally conducted by the Houston Bar Association on January 27, 2017. You can access this presentation on demand at any time during the course of the seminar session.

Some of the subjects for this course include:

    • Legal Concerns for New Stage / Startup Entities

    • Choice of Entity

    • The Complexities and Benefits of Establishing a Corporation

    • The Pros & Cons of LLCs

    • Partnerships v. Sole Proprietorships

    • Intellectual Property Protection

    • Trademarks, Trade Secrets & Nondisclosure Agreements

    • The Hiring and Retention of Employees

    • Legal Concerns for Scaling / Growing Enterprises

    • Real Estate Basics and Dispute Managment

    • Legal Concerns for Non-Profits

    • How to Help Your Organization Succeed and Protect it From Unnecessary Litigation

    The speaker for this course is Terry Bruner, who is an attorney with the firm of Terry Bruner Law Office, PLLC. He has practiced law at the firm of Stanley & Cook, PLLC, and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Terry counsels real assets developers on closing complex government-insured multifamily housing transactions. He assists businesses to organize and position themselves for growth as well as to protect their intellectual property. Mr. Bruner received his law degree with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. He earned an M.Phil. degree from Cambridge University (England). An extensive biography for Mr. Bruner may be found on his firm's website.


    This course is approved for credit by the MCLE Committees of the STATE BAR OF TEXAS and the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA (MCLE Provider #8648).
    These are not self-study credits, but rather 'participatory' credits as you would receive for attending a traditional, live CLE seminar.

    In addition, regular CLE credits for this seminar may also be available in a number of other states through CLE Reciprocity, such as FLORIDA, or as an "Approved Jurisdiction", such as TENNESSEE. Please check with the Tennessee State Bar for accreditation information.

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