Improve your value to your organization by gaining a basic understanding of some of the legal issues that business, professional and nonprofit organizations face on a regular basis. For non-lawyers in a variety of work environments, this course teaches what you should know and when to consult a lawyer. After completing this course, you will better understand legal issues in the workplace and when and how to consult a lawyer.
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Course OutlineUnit 1
Understanding Legal Documents
-Common legal terms
-Why lawyers write the way they do
-Overview of regulations and how to find them
-Contracts, when they generally happen
Do I need a lawyer?
-What types of things can I handle myself?
-Copyrights, business formations, claims
-Non-lawyer document preparation
-Lawyer fee structures
-What’s in a name? Copyright and trademark issues
-Trade secrets and non-disclosure agreements
-Covenants to not compete
When Mistakes Happen
-What kind of exposure am I looking at?
-Criminal laws, personal injury
-Product liability and copyright infringement
-What to expect in a courtroom
Learner OutcomesAt the conclusion of completing this class:
-You will have a greater understanding of legal documents, including terminology.
-You will know some basic steps you can take to protect your business’ interests.
-You will be able to anticipate potential legal issues that your company could someday face.
-You will be able to identify business matters that can be handled without an attorney.
-You will be able to identify situations in which you should hire an attorney, and what to expect if you do.
You will learn:
-A basic overview of understanding legal documents
-Types of legal business matters that do not necessarily require an attorney
-Intellectual property issues you need to keep in mind - both protecting what is yours and not infringing on others
-Situations that could set you up for legal exposure, including lawsuits