You may use your Pass to register for the live simulcast at no charge.
Monday, March 28, 2022
8:55 AM - 4:15 PM
LIVE ONLINE ONLY – NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
In-Person Passholders – You may use your Pass to register for the live simulcast at no charge.
This all-new seminar will help you navigate the small business client relationship and effectively address the issues that arise along the way.
Learn the 2 most important issues when it comes to:
And how to advise and help your client with issues pertaining to:
Special Bonus Materials
Each attendee will receive FREE electronic versions of the Summary Guide Comparing Minnesota Business Entities and the Small Business Administration Loans Legal Quick Sheet.
8:25 – 8:55 a.m.
8:55 – 9:00 a.m.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Your Role as a Lawyer for a Small Business
9:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Your Role as a Lawyer for a Small Business – How to Successfully Serve Your Client and Navigate the Relationship
As an attorney for a small business, you may have to put on many different hats and help address issues beyond the legalize. Additionally, small business clients may be specialized, or their business and legal needs may expand as time progresses. This session will provide an overview of what its like to work with a small business, how best to address a client’s various legal and non-legal requests, how to serve as a general counselor for your client, how to resolve challenges and avoid pitfalls as the client’s business and relationship grows over the years.
– Jennie A. Clarke
9:20 – 10:00 a.m.
Your Role as a Lawyer for a Small Business – Practicum Panel Discussing Real World Examples
Join an experienced panel of attorneys who work with small businesses discuss how they have navigated their small business client relationship. Hear tips and strategies on what has worked and the challenges they have faced along the way.
– Abby Pettit, Wynne Reece & Betsey Lund Ross
– Jennie A. Clarke (moderator)
The Morning of Important 2s
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
2 Popular Entity Formations for a Small Business – LLCs and Partnerships
This session will discuss the 2 most popular entity formations for a small business with LLCs and Partnerships. Learn the pros and cons of these entities and why they are popular.
– Kimberly M. Hanlon
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
2 Common Pitfalls with Entity Formation for a Small Business – Non-Profit and Converting or Merging an Entity
The two major issues that arise after formation are when (1) a small business should really have been a non-profit, and (2) problems a small business runs into with improperly converting to or merging with a different entity. Learn how to properly address both issues and help your client avoid costly mistakes.
– Jeffrey C. O’Brien
11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
2 Ways a Small Business Owner Can Use ADR to Avoid and Manage Internal Disputes – Grounded Beginnings and Dodged Battles
Going into business with someone is great. Except when it isn’t. Proposing new ways to think about ADR, this presentation will explore ways business partners can use mediation to craft the rules they’ll follow (that is, draft their operating agreement) and how turning to ADR when they first see signs of disagreement can keep a minor dispute from turning into an entrenched battle – and might even save the business.
– Chad A. Snyder
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2 Attorney-Client Privilege Issues to be Aware of When Working with a Small Business – Conflict and Privilege
0.5 ethics credit applied for
Attorneys representing small businesses have to keep in mind who their client is and make sure they respect that client’s confidentiality and privilege. This session examines the ethical issues surrounding privilege and potential conflicts of interest that are wrapped up in representation of small businesses or their owners.
– Chad A. Snyder
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
The Afternoon of Practical How Tos
1:00 – 1:35 p.m.
How to Advise a Small Business with Contractual Issues – Dealing with Different Types of Contracts
During the life cycle of a small business your client may need help with many different types of contracts. This session will provide an overview on the various types of contracts for services such as NDAs, SaaS, EULAs and others. Additionally, learn about UCC considerations if your client buys or sells goods. Understand the general terms and conditions, hear about certain industry specific contractual issues, and learn best practices when it comes to contract drafting.
– Heather L. Marx & Kristi Adair Zentner
1:35 – 2:15 p.m.
How to Advise a Small Business with Commercial Real Estate Lease Issues and Landlord Disputes
If your small business client has a physical location, then you will likely have to address their commercial real estate lease. Learn about the basics of a commercial real estate lease, the main terms and concepts, and how to properly conduct a lease review. Additionally, understand how to avoid and resolve the common lease disputes that arise in the commercial context.
– Shannon D. Hoagland
2:15 – 2:50 p.m.
How to Advise a Small Business with its Employment Issues – Understanding the Complexity of Employment Law
As a small business owner, your client will have questions pertaining to hiring, retaining, and resolving issues with employees. This session will provide a brief overview of key employment issues such as employment classifications, the hiring process, employment agreements, and handbooks, benefits, and restrictive covenants to ensure you have a starting point to address your client’s standard employment needs.
– Patrick M. Spott
2:50 – 3:05 p.m.
3:05 – 3:40 p.m.
How to Advise a Small Business with Its Intellectual Property Issues – Protecting Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secret and Patents
Small businesses may ask your help with their IP even if you are not an IP expert. This session will discuss what you should do when your client asks for IP help. Learn (1) what each type of IP is, (2) what kinds of issues can arise, and (3) how much a small business attorney can reasonably do before referring the issue out to an IP expert.
– Kelcey L. Patrick-Ferree
3:40 – 4:15 p.m.
How to Advise Professionals Who Start a Small Business – Working with Accountants, Lawyers, Medical Professionals and Others Under the Minnesota Professional Firms Act
Professionals in various disciplines start up their own small businesses. Whether you are working with an architect, lawyer, medial professional, or another type of professional there are some common issues that can come up with formation, ownership, licensure renewals, complaints and disciplinary actions, and others.
– Paul M. Floyd
Monday, March 28, 2022
$245 MSBA members / $245 paralegals / $295 standard rate
Other discounts that may apply:
Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or email@example.com.
Minnesota CLE is applying to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for 6.0 CLE credits, including 0.5 ethics credit. The maximum number of total credits attendees may claim for this program is 6.0 credits.