The etymology of the word "entrepreneur" is well established. Since the earliest of French times, it has meant "someone who breaks into hives when coming within 20 feet of a lawyer." While I'm joking regarding the word's origins, I'm quite serious (albeit figurative) regarding the entrepreneurial response to lawyers. Most young entrepreneurs see themselves as an unrivaled visionary and the last thing they need is some old dude in a three-piece pulling on the handbrake. Until something else does. Nothing will grind the entrepreneurial party train to a halt faster than a big lawsuit, nasty contract dispute or some other legal circus animal that no one bothered to stop from coming on board. The lawyer-averse entrepreneur suddenly finds himself begging for a hug from the old dude. So, before you need to beg for that hug, here are 10 pitfalls that often cause startups legal trouble. A penny of legal proactivity in each of these areas will offer a pound of protection as your business matures.
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