Questions to ask a lawyer when starting a business

Here are some questions you may want to ask a lawyer when starting a business:

  1. What legal structure should I use for my business? (e.g. sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation)
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each legal structure?
  3. How do I register my business with the government?
  4. What permits or licenses do I need to operate my business?
  5. What contracts do I need to have in place with suppliers, employees, or customers?
  6. What are my obligations as an employer with respect to employment standards and workplace safety?
  7. What kind of liability insurance should I have in place to protect my business?
  8. How can I protect my intellectual property (e.g. trademarks, patents, copyrights)?
  9. What are my tax obligations as a business owner?
  10. What are my rights and obligations under consumer protection laws?

These questions are just a starting point, and there may be additional legal considerations specific to your business that you should discuss with a lawyer.

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