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Legal Basics Videos

Foster Swift business attorneys in Michigan realize entrepreneurs and business owners have lots of legal questions so we've developed a library of short videos to provide basic legal information on some of the more frequently asked questions. The video collection will continue to grow as we see trends among our clients' needs.   

Please remember, the content is for general information purposes and is not a substitute for consulting with a business lawyer licensed to practice law in Michigan.

Business Basics Video Library

Business Starter Series
Up and Running Series
Entertainment Business Series
Local government
Tax Exempt Series

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC videos are intended to provide general information. THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. Individuals viewing the video should consult an attorney to determine how the information applies to any specific situation before taking any action.

Securities Exemptions 101
Convertible Promissory Notes
Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Third Party Vendor Management: Introduction
Data Protection, Cybersecurity and Third Party Vendor Management: Shifting Focus
I Have a Script and I Want to Make a Movie
How Do I Protect My Ideas?
Crowdfunding: Update on Title III Rules
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Facilitative Mediation
Employee Benefits: Retirement Plan Issues
Employee Benefits: Cafeteria Plan
Employee Benefits: Retirement Plan Failures
Employee Benefits: Importance of Proper Counsel
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selecting a Mediator
Freedom of Information Requests (FOIA)
First Steps in Protecting a Trademark
Tax Planning for Family Businesses
How to Evaluate Investment Opportunities
Why You Must File a Form 990
Forming A Charity: 501(c)(3) Organization
The Difference Between Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt
ESOPs (Employee Stock Ownership Plans): As a Succession Planning Tool
What is a Trademark?
Selecting A Trademark
Copyright Basics: 3 Tips for Small Businesses Regarding Copyright
Intellectual Property: Copyrights
The Biggest Mistakes When Dealing With Copyrights
Selecting Professional Advisors for Your Small Business
Vendor Management
Michigan Sales Tax Update
Record Retention
Employee Classification
Employee vs Independent Contractor
Small Claims Court
Crowdfunding: Income is Taxable
Tips for Finding Investors for Your Film
Film Financing
Michigan Sales and Use Tax Audits: What You Need to Know
Fallacies of Marketing Legally
Cease & Desist: What to Do When You Receive the Letter
At Will Employment: What You Need to Know About Hiring and Firing
Service Agreements: Promote Smooth Working Relationships
Proactive Approach to FMLA and ADA Requests Can Minimize Exposure to Future Liability
Tips for Distributing Your Film
3 Tips for Creating a Reality TV Show
Get It in Writing: Contracts
Crowdfunding 101
Financing Your Vision
Forming a Business Entity
Reasons to Form A Business Entity
Succession Plan: Farms and Agribusinesses
Forming a Corporation
Forming A "C" Corporation
IP Basics
Music Licensing 3 Tips
What's in a Name?
Will You Read My Script?
Covenants Not to Compete
Patent Basics