128. Stuart McAlister LLP Protecting Your Business

In this episode, I'm asking Stuart McAlister LLP all about how as entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and mompreneurs we can protect ourselves and our business! 
Stuart gives us the 411 on how to do exactly that. 

What you should know about Stuart: Stuart is a lawyer practicing corporate/commercial law at the Kitchener-Waterloo office of Cohen Highley LLP where he provides legal advice to start-ups and small businesses.  He assists in incorporating and organizing closely held corporations, professional corporations and not-for-profits. Stuart has experience with licensing agreements, service contracts, and asset and share purchases agreements.  His diverse experience and background, including working in civil litigation and working in-house at one of Canada’s largest film distributors, offers a results-focused understanding of business development, organization and growth, and pragmatic risk analysis. He is currently serving on the board of directors for the Women’s Crisis Services Board of Waterloo Region and is a founding member of KickAbout - an annual charitable soccer tournament for professionals which has raised over $100k for various charities in southwestern Ontario over the last 5 years.

Disclaimer: The following conversation is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. Listeners are advised to seek specific legal advice by contacting their own legal counsel regarding any specific legal issues. Cohen Highley LLP, nor Stuart McAlister, do not warrant or guarantee the quality, accuracy or completeness of any information provided herein. Listening or otherwise accessing this information does not create a lawyer-client relationship.

Addendum:  As I have only been called to the Bar in Ontario, I can only offer information relative to Ontario law and cannot comment on its similarities or applicability in other jurisdictions. Nonetheless, forum and jurisdiction of law can be complicated matters, and listeners with questions are encouraged to reach out directly to me (or their own counsel) to determine if certain rules apply to them and what to consider in their jurisdiction.

talking points:

  • How the internet and social media effects your business [4:10]

  • Social media regulations to look out for [6:25]

  • Registering your business [9:51]

  • Get the low down on business insurance [19:52]

  • Using images that you didn't pay for [23:37]

  • When to use a contract and what terms to include [36:14]

  • Getting the proper terms and privacy policies for your site [46:36]

  • The cost for getting legal advice [51:54]

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