Small Business Resources

We hope you find the below resources helpful. For legal advice or representation for your particular case, please contact us here.

STARTING A BUSINESS

What do I have to consider while starting my small business?

What options do I have for forming a legal business entity, and what are the pros and cons of these choices?

CALIFORNIA LABOR LAW

What are an employer's obligations with respect to meal breaks and overtime?

What are the implications of the California Equal Pay Act? 

What is the law governing wages, deductions and tips?

The State of California Department of Industrial Relations publishes a FAQ that addresses these questions and many others.

CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE BUSINESS RESOURCES

What are the governmental agencies I need to communicate with to ensure my business complies with law?

Where can I find information on licensing requirements for California business entities?

What are the state and federal tax requirements for small businesses? 

BUSINESS INSURANCE

When should I purchase insurance for my business?

Does business insurance cover losses and liabilities?

What elements of my business should I assess before purchasing business insurance?

Click below for helpful information provided by ConsumersAdvocate.org.

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

What are the key features of a general partnership vs. limited partnership?

What are the filing guidelines established by the state Franchise Tax Board for partnerships doing business in California?

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

What is the state law governing discrimination and harassment in employment? 

Which groups are protected from discrimination? 

Click below to learn more about the Fair Employment and Housing Act, the California law governing employment discrimination and harassment. 

BUSINESS TAX RESOURCES

What are the agencies that administer California and federal business taxes?

Where can I find information on determining my tax obligations and protecting my rights as a taxpayer?

Click below to view information published by the California Secretary of State on business taxes. (Please note that Cooledge Law does not practice tax law or provide tax advice or tax preparation services.)