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New business looking for legal documents.

1:13 am on May 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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First, hi. Been reading these boards for a couple of weeks and like what I see (intelligent questions, intelligent answers).

Second: I'm attempting to start a new business (general partnership) in the U.S. for web design and application developement. Could anyone point me in the direction of some legally binding agreements? (i.e. between partners, etc.) Everything decent I seem to find is for a fee.

All input is appreciated. Thanks so much.

1:44 am on May 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Whenever you enter into a partnership with someone, I always recommend seeing a lawyer to have a partnership agreement drawn up that is specific to your partnership. There are many sample contracts online (and yes, most probably do charge a fee) but you are still best to spend the little bit extra and have a proper agreement written up. This will protect you (and your partner) should things go sideways.

Unfortunately, many partnerships tend to end on a not-so-nice note, and your contract can include such things as who has the right to retain clients in the event you dissolve your partnership, and who would receive any equipment/software/etc you purchase jointly for your business.

There are also some great books available on partnerships - might be worth picking one up to think about all the things you could/should include in your partnership agreement.

And welcome to WebmasterWorld :)


2:26 pm on May 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi irmdogg, and welcome to WebmasterWorld.

>(intelligent questions, intelligent answers).

I agree with you, this is one of the few places I've found for intelligent conversation online.

Just like Jen, I recommend getting some professional help with this venture. Even though it might cost you a little more up front, it may save your business in the future when things are going wrong.

4:06 pm on May 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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do not save money on the basic foundation of your project!

go spend money on a lawyer, or try your local chamber of commerce ect ..