Everyone knows they should have an annual health check-up, perform routine home and car maintenance, the same holds true for your business.
Failure to perform an annual business checkup and review the legal aspects of your business may result in loss of the legal protection your entity provides and leave you open to personal liability for actions taken on behalf of your business.
The check list below are items you may review and complete in performing your own annual business law checkup.
The list is not exhaustive and is not a substitute for professional legal and tax advice.
This is an area where most people/businesses fall behind. They prepare documents once then never look at the documents or update the documents again.
Review formation documents, operating agreement or bylaws, ownership documentation, operating/management authority and minutes of meetings
Are all the company documents signed?
Are the documents all up to date?
Do the documents reflect the current state of the company?
Is your annual license filed and up to date with the Washington Secretary of State?
Is your Department of Revenue account up to date and accurate?
Are professional licenses up to date?
Has a Buy-Sell agreement been drafted and signed?
Is all the intellectual property of the company protected?
Review tradenames, trademarks and any patents.
Is there any other intellectual property that needs to be protected?
Are the company, the members, officers, directors and owners following company guidelines and legal requirements so that there is less of a chance of the “piercing of the company veil” leaving owners open to personal liability?
Are the limits of liability insurance sufficient?
Is the Employee handbook up to date?
Is the Company in compliance with local, state and federal human resource compliance?
Are Employee contracts up to date? Are they signed?
Employees or independent contractors can also review this section in the alternative. Looking at whether their Employee contracts are signed, etc.
If you would like a copy of this check list email us! We are happy to discuss any questions that might arise as a result of your annual business law checkup.
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