Category: Toolkit

First Time #Entrepreneur #Workshop this Saturday (4/29/17)!

Our spring First Time Entrepreneur workshop
is coming up this Saturday, April 29th!


 

At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how Venture Capitalists screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need each of them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

For more information and to sign up, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop.

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Spring 2017 #workshops for #entrepreneurs and business owners

We have 2 workshops coming up this spring for entrepreneurs and business owners.

On Saturday, April 29th, we have the First Time Entrepreneurs workshop.

At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how Venture Capitalists screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need each of them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

For more information and to sign up, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop.


 

On Saturday May 13th, we have a mergers and acquisitions workshop on How to Successfully Sell Your Business.

This workshop breaks down the lessons that a business owner needs to learn to have a successful exit. Each portion of the workshop is geared toward explaining in simple terms what an entrepreneur needs to know about finding buyers and getting to a deal. The seminar will guide participants through challenging concepts like earnouts and indemnification in an easy-to-understand format.

For more information and to sign up, visit: Successfully Selling Your Business Workshop.

 

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Successfully Selling Your Business Workshop

Join us on Saturday May 13, 2017 for a workshop on Successfully Selling Your Business.

This workshop breaks down the lessons that a business owner needs to learn to have a successful exit. Each portion of the workshop is geared toward explaining in simple terms what an entrepreneur needs to know about finding buyers and getting to a deal. The seminar will guide participants through challenging concepts like earnouts and indemnification in an easy-to-understand format.

Early bird tickets are on sale now through April 28th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/successfully-selling-your-business-workshop-tickets-33134859256

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Last Call: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop on Saturday!

LAST CALL!
DON’T MISS OUT ON LAVA’s FIRST TIME ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP!


Sign up now to learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how Venture Capitalists screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need each of them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

Date:     Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy 
               15840 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 311
               Encino, CA 91436

For more information and how to register, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

Jan 21st: First Time Entrepreneur workshop

We are already preparing for our first event of 2017!


JOIN US ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st
FOR LAVA’S FIRST TIME ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP!


At this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how Venture Capitalists screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need each of them
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

 

Date:     Saturday, January 21, 2017
Where: Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy 
               15840 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 311
               Encino, CA 91436

For more information and how to register, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

Join us for our Mergers & Acquisitions workshop on December 17th!

Learn how to successfully sell your business using the advice of a corporate lawyer with $6+ billion in merger & acquisition experience.

This workshop breaks down the lessons that a business owner needs to learn to have a successful exit.  Each portion of the workshop is geared toward explaining in simple terms what an entrepreneur needs to know about finding buyers and getting to a deal.  The seminar will guide participants through challenging concepts like earnouts and indemnification in an easy-to-understand format.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/successfully-selling-your-business-workshop-tickets-28265421637?ref=ebtnebtckt

Saturday, December 17, 2016
10:00 AM – 1:30 PM PST

Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy
15840 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 311
Encino, CA 91436

 

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Dangers of drafting your own documents

SHOULD I PAY A LAWYER TO DRAFT A CONTRACT OR JUST PLUG NAMES INTO A TEMPLATE – WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

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In today’s DIY world, there are some things that should be left to the professionals.

We’ve compiled a top ten list of just some of the dangers you can run into when using templates or drafting your own documents. These are all things that we’ve actually seen in agreements.

  1. Using the wrong document. One classic issue is grabbing the first consulting agreement that shows up on the web, without realizing that it’s drafted to be one-sided in favor of the other party. 
  1. A 4-line agreement with no end-date or ability to terminate. Lasts longer than most marriages…
  1. The Frankenstein agreement. The drafter takes clauses from multiple documents and sews them together without realizing that some concepts are being covered two different ways by two different clauses.
  1. Undefined terms. Every other word in the agreement is uppercased, but not defined. 
  1. Fancy words.Malfeasance” and “devolve” – nobody knows what these mean. 
  1. Illegal clauses. Not all states will honor a non-competition clause imposed on a rank and file employee – California is one of them. 
  1. Integration clauses. The drafter includes an “entire agreement” clause . . . but it doesn’t reference its own schedules and exhibits! 
  1. Backdating deals. Rather than enter into an agreement on November 30, 2016 that is effective as of June 30, 2016, the drafter wants to pretend the contract existed before it was actually signed. Under the wrong circumstances, the drafter opens herself up to fraud claims. 
  1. Termination. Includes material breach as a way to terminate, but doesn’t say if the non-breaching party still gets paid from the party in breach. The non-breaching party gets injured twice. 
  1. Training. An agreement to provide training, without any details on the number of hours or for how many weeks the training will last.

Sometimes the pitfalls come in piecing together an agreement from multiple sources, grabbing a document you’ve used before and trying to repurpose it to a new situation, or downloading a “boilerplate” agreement from the internet for free. Whatever the method, it usually ends up costing you more to have your attorney fix your attempt at drafting than it would have been to have your attorney draft the documents from the get-go.