Practical Advice: Basics of Forming and Advising Small Businesses (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2026


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the April 2023 webcast, Practical Advice: Basics of Forming and Advising Small Businesses.

Topics Covered

  • Learn how to provide legal counsel to help small businesses navigate what type of legal entity to use, ownership issues, drafting contracts, intellectual property, leases, employment issues, raising capital and loan agreements, government regulations, and many other legal issues
  • Discover how excellent early legal advice to a small business can prevent many future legal problems
  • Expand and improve your legal practice by learning how to represent small businesses

Taught by Herb Rubenstein, a member of the Virginia, Maryland, and DC bars since 1983, this seminar covers a broad range of legal issues faced by small businesses today. Small businesses are well served by hiring lawyers at the formation stage to start off on the right foot and avoid legal problems down the road that can be costly to the business.

This seminar examines ways the lawyer can help the small business not only assess legal risk, but also draft contracts with other businesses and strategic alliance partners to help expand the business. Further, this seminar educates the lawyer on when and how to refer small businesses to other lawyers to handle specialized areas that may be outside the scope of the lawyers’ practice including intellectual property, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, environmentally oriented legal issues, and other specialty areas. Law practice management approaches are included so lawyers and law firms can serve small businesses efficiently and economically, with suggestions for various fee arrangements that lawyers can use to be properly compensated over time from small business clients who in their early stages do not have large budgets for legal work.

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Herbert R. Rubenstein, HR Rubenstein Law / Lexington

Herbert R. Rubenstein, the author of Breakthrough, Inc.: High Growth Strategies for Entrepreneurial Organizations (Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 1998) and Leadership for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2nd ed., 2008), has taught entrepreneurship at George Mason University and Colorado State University. He has represented over one hundred small businesses in their formation and early stages, often serving as a “general counsel” to many companies.

Mr. Rubenstein is a Phi Beta Kappa/Omicron Delta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Bristol, Bristol, England, where he received a graduate diploma in Social Sciences, was an LBJ Scholar and received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, and received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1982. He became a member of the Virginia Bar on October 4, 1984.

Mr. Rubenstein also teaches Leadership and Ethics for Virginia CLE® as well as Typical Legal Issues Facing Non-profit Businesses. He is also the Co-Founder of The Web3 Company, LLC, a Virginia company, and a PGA member.

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