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Business and Commercial Law
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- By Thomas Hazen. Published by Thomson West. 2011. 2nd edition.
"This title, which provides an introduction broker-dealer regulation generally, including SEC Regulation and self-regulation by FINRA, includes sales practices, analysts' conflicts of interest, civil liabilities, and arbitration." - from the publisher
- Business tax stories: An In Depth Look at the Ten Leading Corporate and Partnership Tax Cases and Code SectionsBy Steven A. Bank; Kirk J. Stark. Published by Thomson West. 2005. 1st ed.
"This book does not deal solely with judicial opinions. In the field of business taxation, many of the most significant developments are not cases, and certainly not Supreme Court cases, but rather legislative and administrative changes and transactional innovations. Business Tax Stories includes chapters on several landmark cases; however, it also surveys many of the critical developments in the history of U.S. corporate and partnership taxation. Taken as a whole, this title is organized to serve as a history of business taxation over the last century." - from the publisher
- By Samuel Williston. Published by Duke Classics.
"Whether used as a research tool or as an artifact of a past era of financial governance, Samuel Williston's Commercial Law is an indispensable reference on the subject. Prepared under the auspices of the American Institute of Banking by an esteemed Harvard Law School professor, this volume is the authoritative guide to commercial law up to and including the early twentieth century." - from Google Books
- By Boris Kozolchyk. Published by Thomson West. 2014. 1st edition.
"This work offers a contextual comparative analysis of commercial contracts from their origin until the present time. It studies their positive and living law in countries and regions representative of major legal systems and business cultures: Classical Rome, Medieval Europe and Middle East, Codification Europe (especially France and Germany), Post-Colonial Latin America, the Soviet Union, the Peoples’ Republic of China, England, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and Post-Colonial United States. It identifies the concepts, principles, rules, doctrines, methods of reasoning and commercial practices that have contributed most to mankind’s economic development." - from Barnes & Noble
- By Fred Steingold. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 5th edition.
"This book focuses on the sale of small to mid-sized businesses. Though much of
what you learn here will also be applicable to selling larger enterprises, this book
definitely is not concerned with the sorts of mergers and acquisitions that you read about in The Wall Street Journal
getting your business ready to sell
pricing your business and valuing your assets
finding the right buyer
analyzing the tax issues
negotiating a payment plan and other terms of sale
planning your future relationship with the business
limiting your liability
working with lawyers, accountants and brokers
closing the deal and transferring the business to its new owner"
- from the publisher
- Complete power of attorney guide for consumers and small businesses : everything you need to know explained simplyBy Linda Ashar. Published by Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. 2014.
Every year, thousands of medical, financial, and legal issues appear due to confusion surrounding the specific directions of an individual incapable of making the necessary decisions about their estate, body, or finances. The same problems can arise for small businesses and, for that reason, understanding what power of attorney entails, and how you go about establishing it, is a vital step. This guide helps you clear the confusing red tape and finally understand exactly what power of attorney involves and how you can use it to your advantage.
- By Stephen Fishman. Published by Nolo Press. 2017.
A comprehensive guide to help you protect your rights and the rights of your business with specific forms for many types of independent contractors such as accountants, software consultants, and construction contractors.
- By Ralph Folsom. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 9th edition.
"This guide examines the principal subjects involved in international business and commercial transactions. It includes chapters on the negotiation of business transactions; the international sale of goods; the role of documentary sales; the use of letters of credit; technology transfers; the initiation, operation, and termination of, as well as limitations imposed on, foreign investments; property takings, including remedies for and options for insuring against such actions; the European Union competition rules; and dispute settlement (both through litigation in state courts and through arbitration). It also addresses throughout the special challenges for business transactions in developing and nonmarket economies." - from the publisher
- By Fred Steingold. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 15th ed.
This book covers the different types of business structures. It walks the reader through the structure, financing, and formation of a business. It includes chapters on licensing, taxes, franchising, insurance, and business contracts. It also walks the reader through some legal requirements when dealing with customers and some methods to use when solving legal disputes. It includes a checklist to use when starting a business. The book is written in plain English and tries to identify areas that would leave a business vulnerable to a lawsuit.
- By Mary Matthews. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 2nd.
"This text summarizes and explains the fundamental law applicable to a broad variety of current payment systems. Coverage includes issues of liability, transfer, holder in due course status, and check collection applicable to negotiable instruments (checks, notes, drafts) governed by UCC Articles 3 and 4, as well as letters of credit and documents of title governed by UCC Articles 5 and 7. The text further examines the rights, obligations, and federal protection applicable to credit and debit cards. Finally, this title addresses recent legal developments in regard to a variety of electronic fund transfers, prepaid cards and digital currencies." - from the publisher
- By Ralph Folsom; Michael W. Gordon; John A. Spanogle; Michael P. Van Alstine. Published by Thomson West. 2013. 3rd ed.
"This book is designed for users of the authors' popular problem-oriented coursebook International Business Transactions, and its three spin-offs: Contracting Across Borders, Trade and Economic Relations, and Foreign Investment. Coverage moves sequentially from international sales and letters of credit to regulation of international trade to transfers of technology to foreign investment to international business dispute settlement. Full citations and analyses are provided." - from the publisher
- By Richard Stimm. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 9th edition.
"Profit From Your Idea helps you create, modify and understand nondisclosure agreements specifically for inventors. In addition to providing sample agreements and practical advice, this all-in-one guide helps you understand the licensing process, determine ownership rights, and more." - from the publisher
- By Frederick Miller. Published by Thomson West. 2003. 4th Edition.
"Expert authors present a primer on the law of sales and leases under Articles 2 and 2A of the UCC. This text also focuses on related subjects governed by Articles 5 and 7 of the UCC (letters of credit and documents of title). Introduces the formation of the contract and examines the statute of frauds, parol evidence, and modification. Covers terms of the contract, as well as performance; third-party title and rights; risk of loss; warranty obligations; repudiation, breach, and excuse; and remedies." - from the publisher
- By Matthew Thompson. Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. 2013.
A beginner's guide to starting a small business. This book is straight to the point and provides readers with a step-by-step guide on getting started. Includes a state-by-state information guide, as well as information on topics such as creating a business plan, franchising, regulations and licensing, and taxes and insurance.
- By Douglas A. Kahn; Jeffrey H. Kahn; Terrence G. Perris. Published by Thomson West. 2008. 1st ed.
"This book covers the following topics: the qualification requirements for a subchapter S election, the allocation of tax items among the shareholders, the effect of those allocations on a shareholder’s basis in stock and debt, the limitations on the deduction of pass-through items, the treatment of corporate distributions, the voluntary and involuntary termination of subchapter S status, the treatment of the year in which a subchapter S election is terminated, the limited availability of certain subchapter S provisions after a subchapter S election is terminated, and the taxation of an S corporation’s passive investment income and built-in gains." - from the publisher
- By Jill Rhodes. Published by American Bar Association. 2013.
In 2012, the American Bar Association created the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. The task force is made up of attorneys in numerous practice areas because this issue is critical to every law practice, business, and government. This group’s goal was to create not only a valuable practical handbook for “understanding, planning for, and responding to a cyber-breach”, but also provide a framework for the vital national discussion on privacy and security in the increasingly electronic world. The handbook includes numerous appendices that provide handy references to relevant statutes, court decisions, and ethics opinions on outsourcing, cloud computing and metadata. Additional information can be found on the Task Force’s webpage, http://www.americanbar.org/groups/leadership/office_of_the_president/cybersecurity/resources.html. This page serves as a repository of the information they gathered and continue to gather in their research.
- By Anthony Mancuso. Published by Nolo Press. 2016. 7th ed.
"The Corporate Records Handbook provides all the forms and instructions you need to stay legal, including: notice of meeting, shareholder proxy, and meeting summary sheet." - from the publisher
- By Lisa Guerin. Published by Nolo Press. 2017. 9th ed.
The Manager's Legal Handbook gives supervisors answers to employment questions in Nolo's plain-English format. Providing legal information and practical strategies, this guide assists managers in supervising their employees and independent contractors. The Manager’s Legal Handbook covers federal and state employment law issues including hiring, firing, wages, health care reform, email and social media practices, discrimination and harassment laws.
- By James J. White; Robert S. Summers. Published by Thomson West. 2010. 6th ed.
"White and Summers' Uniform Commercial Code, 5th and 6th provides practice-oriented insight and benefits both specialists and general practitioners. You'll find accurate and reliable analysis of the Uniform Commercial Code, practical understanding to apply the Code appropriately, thoughtful resolution of issues of Code interpretation, skillful deployment of the various non-textual Code resources relevant to such issues (including the Official Comments and prior Code drafts), informed policy analysis, systematic discussion of each topic, and a careful integration of the developing caselaw into text as well as footnotes." - from the publisher
- By Bradford Stone; Kristen David Adams. Published by Thomson West. 2012. 8th ed.
"This product provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code for students and practitioners alike. It covers each major topic of the Code, including the process of selling, payment, negotiation, shipping, storage, financing sales, and leasing of goods. In addition, the text makes it possible for readers to see how the various articles of the Code may interact in a single transaction. Wherever practicable, the actual language of the Code and its comments has been used. The comprehensive outline, references to relevant authority, and intuitive system of cross-referencing all contribute to its ease of use. This eighth edition contains the 2010 Amendments to Article 9, with an effective date of July 1, 2013." - from the publisher