FindLaw.com has launched a new version of its FindLaw for Small Business Web site with dozens of new features, including expanded legal content and tools, and a redesigned look and feel. The new features provide FindLaw.com’s small business users with the most comprehensive and intuitive Web site experience, making it easier to navigate legal issues involved in starting, managing and growing their businesses. FindLaw.com and its directory of lawyers and law firms are the most sought- after and referred-to sources of legal information on the Web, according to leading independent Internet traffic-monitoring services.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 95 percent of new businesses fail within the first five years. The challenges small businesses face include dealing with myriad legal issues, including employment law, intellectual property and incorporation. FindLaw for Small Business helps small businesses achieve success by providing a one-stop shop for authoritative articles, how-to guides and links to additional resources.
New features in FindLaw for Small Business include:
— New Look and Feel
Based on the popular FindLaw for the Public Web site, FindLaw for Small
Business features a new visual design and tab-based navigation,
creating an easy and intuitive Web experience for users. FindLaw’s
unique LawCrawler enables users to quickly search for the exact content
that meets their needs.
— Expanded Content for Starting a Business
The new FindLaw for Small Business helps entrepreneurs turn their
business ideas into reality. Topics include business plans, business
names, financing, home-based businesses, and licenses and permits. In-
depth information also is available on the different types of business
legal structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and
limited liability corporations. In addition, a new Startup Toolkit
contains access to local resources, such as state chambers of commerce
and local offices of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as
well as specialized resources for minority and women entrepreneurs.
— Expanded Content for Running a Business
FindLaw for Small Business provides easy-to-understand content on
everyday issues that America’s small business owners face, including
collections, insurance and liability, and real estate leases. The new
Employment Law & Human Resources section covers topics such as the
hiring process, wages and benefits, independent contractors,
discrimination and harassment, and workplace privacy.
— State-Specific Resources
Throughout the new FindLaw for Small Business site, users will find
practical tools and resources. These include access to state-specific
materials such as sample articles of incorporation and by-laws, and
one-stop license and permit information. In addition, a new Forms &
Contracts section offers templates and real-life samples of common
business forms and agreements in a variety of topical areas and
— Improved Access to Lawyers
It’s now easier for small businesses to access West Legal Directory,
the largest online legal directory, to find and research lawyers in
their area. West Legal Directory contains more than 1 million lawyers
and legal professionals, searchable by lawyer name, firm name, practice
area and location. The directory features profiles of lawyers and law
firms that contain details of their legal experience and expertise.
“Now, more than ever, FindLaw for Small Business is the premier Web destination for helping small businesses find legal information and connect with legal counsel,” said Debbie Monroe, president and CEO of Thomson FindLaw. “By expanding our content and adding a more user-friendly look and feel, we have made it easier for small businesses to find the information and resources they need, and connect with legal counsel.”
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