Prevention strategies for four legal pitfalls that can destroy your small business

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By Henry Brown

As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to protect yourself and your company from the many pitfalls that can occur. This blog post will discuss four prevention strategies of legal pitfalls that can destroy your business.

Protect your intellectual property

Intellectual property is one of the most valuable assets your company has.  With proper protection, it can help grow your business and provide a more competitive edge in the market while preventing others from taking advantage of what you have created.

There are many ways to protect your intellectual property.  One way is through patents which allow you to have the exclusive right of use, sale, or manufacture a product for up to 20 years.

Another option is trade secret protection, where information that has commercial value but is not generally known outside the company can be kept confidential and protected from disclosure.

Registering trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) helps safeguard against unauthorized uses such as counterfeit goods by making it illegal for someone else to sell items using another’s trademark without permission.

Have designated legal representation

Every business needs to have designated legal representation. It is vital for a company to know what they are doing in terms of their contract negotiations and any other legal disputes that may come up down the line.

Many attorneys specialize in different aspects of law, such as intellectual property protection, iso payment processing, or small-business contracts.

When looking for someone to represent your company, it is best to find an attorney with expertise explicitly related to your industry so you can feel confident about them providing counsel on behalf of your organization.

It’s also worth noting that certain businesses only need one generalist lawyer while some require several specialists like copyright lawyers or corporate structuring experts.

Find out if there are specific areas where you need representation, and make sure the attorney you choose has those qualifications.

Develop a robust contract template

Do you have a contract template? If not, it’s time to develop one. This will help tremendously in protecting your company and ensuring that all parties are aware of the terms agreed upon before signing on any dotted lines.

To get started on this journey, consider looking at what others are using for templates – there is usually something available online or through an attorney that you can use as a starting point.

Once you’ve created your template, though, make sure to keep track of changes made, so you know which version was updated last!

Negotiate your specific needs

One of the most important aspects of negotiating how to work with a third party is discussing your specific needs and requirements. To do this, you have three options:

– Negotiate directly with the third party (if they are willing) or get them on board for meeting in person.

– Negotiate via email using bullet points instead of paragraphs so that it’s easier to understand what both parties want and determine if there can be any compromise between requests.

– Use an intermediary like a mediator who will help provide input based on each side’s perspective and give advice when needed. Contract Negotiation is a learned skill and having an experienced negotiator may make it possible for you to find find common ground where others might not see anything possible.


In conclusion, it is essential to take the time and invest in developing a solid business plan. It will help you avoid common pitfalls that can destroy your company’s reputation and brand identity. And by following these four tips for legal prevention strategies, you’ll be able to keep your business on track in any situation.


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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