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Lawyer Engagement Letter Key Items?

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Need Recommendations for Founder Friendly Lawyers

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In Demand: Free Early Stage Start Up Legal Library

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Posted by KipMcC on 2009-08-28

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The next time you talk to your law firm, let them know they should pioneer (be the first, take credit) the following concept:

Early-stage, cash-efficient start-ups increasingly require an equally efficient supply chain in order to make it work. Take for example Capital Factory, Y-combinator or even micro-style investments from more traditional VCs. A start-up raising $20k – $250k simply cant afford traditional legal costs associated with:

* incorporating,
* equity and option plans,
* option grants,
* convertible debt agreements,
* all docs associated with being INITIALLY funded (term sheets, standardized series-A docs),
* NDAs,
* separation agreements and release paperwork,
* contractor agreements, and so on.

I propose the following: forward-thinking law firms should create a FREE legal library that includes AT LEAST the items listed above. The should GIVE this library to start-ups that agree to become clients after a funding event of a particular size…maybe $250k or more. To be clear: I’m suggesting that law firms loss-lead with this free legal library and win clients that may become the next Google (or, realistically, may also go out of business). It’s time for the supply chain to evolve. we're starting to see some standardization of termsheets...now let's continue the thought.

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Good Trademark Agent in Sf Bay Area?

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Can Anyone Recommend an Attorney in the Dallas Area?

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Legal and Tax Implications of Founders' Equity Splits

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2009-04-06

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Great post from Prof. Noam Wasserman at HBS on the legal and tax issues of splitting equity.

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The Inlaw Conflict

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Posted by RichieBlueEyes on 2009-03-28

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This is a repost from a blog that is going live on Monday morning on Bootstrapper.com, I figured I would post it here first...

So today's post is about a topic near and to everyone in our community, The "inlaws". By that I mean the inherent conflict of interest that tends to occur within the legal community in relation to the venture community. I've gotten to know a number of lawyers in the community quite well over the last few years and have a lot of respect for them and are friends with a number of lawyers, however it is a small community and an interesting thing that occurs is that the same law firm can and often does represent both sides in a transaction (either directly or indirectly). What do I mean? Well, a law firm can represent a fund in one deal and the entrepreneur in another and both be going on simultaneously. It creates a confusing situation.

Outside of the venture sphere, the situation could be seen as a conflict of interest but given our world, it is standard practice. Often times the lawyer may be the one that introduced the company to the investor which is great for both parties but further complicates the question of representation.

The founding member of The Funded always likes to say that the lawyers work for the fund not for you and that the second $ is closed, it is no longer your counsel.

Given that the fund represents (generally) infinitely more business than a single entrepreneur, there is a point in there. On a technical level corporate counsel represent the controlling shareholder or bloc of shareholders but on a practical level it's something to think about.

Overall, it's usually good to have a venture law firm for your company because they do tend to know how to raise money and the process, however it may make sense to have a personal counsel review everything for how it looks from your perspective as the entrepreneur because you want someone looking at your docs that is representing you personally, not your company.

To conclude: Cover Your Ass no matter what you do - I've been screwed out of vesting and know many entrepreneurs who have as well. Protect yourself and make sure you have protections in place.

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Business in a Box and Other Software

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Seeking a Bridge Note with Discount for Conversion

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Can Anyone Recommend a Good Bankruptcy Attorney?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-16

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Attorney's and Start Ups

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-13

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Can You Recommend an Attorney Specializing in Healthcare Service?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-09

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Legal Hacks for Zero Cost Services?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-04

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Negotiating Legal Fees

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Attorneys, Raising Money, and Private Placements

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-09

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Patent Infringement

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Gerald Newman & Dp Os?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-20

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