Legal Forms


Help Family Businesses Avoid
Disagreements & Misunderstandings

Easy to use legal forms are now available using the Internet.

Documenting agreements between family members can help avoid many of the problems that lead to family feuds. Using legal forms should be seen as a first step for getting agreements down on paper.

“As a family business grows in size and complexity, so does the need to have an attorney review and possibly revise the legal forms and documents used by your family business,” advises leading family business expert Don Schwerzler.

“However, a start-up or a smaller-sized family business can simply use a legal form to document basic agreements between family members and this can be a first step in the process of formalizing the management style of the business.”

Schwerzler, a Family Business Executive Coach, has been studying and advising family business owners for more than 50 years and is the founder of the Atlanta-based Family Business Institute.

One of the best known sources for legal document forms is Law Depot They offer a wide assortment of various forms for trademarks, wills, human resource/employment, lending, promissory notes, non-disclosure agreements, bills of sale, power of attorney – just to name a few forms in their inventory.

For those family business entrepreneurs with a scarcity of money and time, using a few simple forms can be a “self-help” approach to avoiding disagreements and misunderstandings amongst the family members.


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