1. How to Avoid the Greatest Legal Risks of Financing Your Startup

    You’ve got a great idea and a dream. You’re ready to start your new business. But before you can reach the sky, you need the funds to get off the ground. Raising money is one of the biggest and most common hurdles that entrepreneurs face. In fact, a huge number of businesses rely on “bootstrapping”—using the founder’s savings to get started. In many cases, this money can only go so far…Read More

  2. NDAs – What They Are and Why You Might Want One

    Have you ever watched a show like Shark Tank and thought to yourself, “I thought of that (product/process/etc.) years ago! Why does this guy get to profit from it?” The answer to that may be a patent, but more likely, it’s because of a Non-Disclosure Agreement. You may have come up with that idea years ago, but if you talked about it with friends while out to dinner, there isn’t anything s…Read More

  3. 3 Steps To Entering Into Vendor Contracts

    For many businesses, working with contract attorneys is an afterthought. Worse yet, many small business owners make the mistake of believing that legal advice is something one must wait until after a certain level of scale has been reached to implement, and this is just untrue. By partnering with an experienced contract attorney often and early through the formation or expansion of your business, …Read More

  4. Types of Business Contracts

    Whether you are starting a new business or thinking of altering the one you already have, the contracts you use are of vital importance for shaping your business. Because these legal documents can have a major impact on your business and your livelihood, it’s imperative that you know which will best fit your needs General Business Contracts This subset of business contracts is the group that wil…Read More

  5. When To Call Your Lawyer

    We’ve all seen the TV shows that show alleged criminals in handcuffs demanding to speak to their lawyer. Of course, the business world is exciting in entirely different ways from imaginary crime shows; therefore, it may be less clear in the general day-to-day shuffle of things as to when you should get your business attorney involved. Times You Will Need Your Business Attorney As a business owne…Read More

  6. Founder disputes

    When you first sit down with your business partners to come up with your business plan, everything is typically rosy. Like any relationship, the story usually begins with the joy and excitement over creating a new business. But, like any relationship, it takes two to tango. Eventually, every team will run into disagreements or differing opinions on how best to grow the business. Some teams will be…Read More

  7. Choosing a Name for your Corporation

    The first step in preparing to set up a corporation is choosing a name for your company It is important that the name is not the same or deceptively similar to another already existing company’s name. The California Secretary of State (SOS) will not grant a name reservation if your company name is not distinguishable from an already existing company. Names that may mislead the public – for exa…Read More

  8. Small Business Growing Pains

    Businesses never grow in a vacuum. Anytime a business increases its market share, another business inevitably had to give up that slice of the pie. They say that to make an omelette you have to break a few eggs, and growing your business works much the same way; like it or not, as your business grows you will collide more and more with the interests of your competitors. Disputes between businesses…Read More

  9. Starting Your Startup

    Every successful business begins the same way: with paperwork. Yes, even in the San Francisco area, the new home to hyper-successful startups and arrays of small businesses that are influencing business models on a global scale. Every business begins in the same simple, mundane way; from the business that barely makes it off the ground to the next billion dollar idea, it all really starts with the…Read More

  10. About Our San Francisco Small Business Lawyers

    At Coepio Legal, we pride ourselves on our expert representation for all small business legal needs. The San Francisco area is experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth in small businesses and startup companies, and these businesses need a special touch when it comes to legal advice. We are proud to specialize in helping local businesses with legal navigation. We offer a wide suite of à la c…Read More