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You've got a lot on your mind as a small business or startup company. First and foremost, there's your product. After that, you're thinking about marketing, design, and technology, and, not least of all, how much all of it is going to cost. One thing that you might not have included in your budget is legal advice.

From incorporation to intellectual property rights, you're going to need the counsel of an experienced attorney, and, unfortunately for small business owners, that advice doesn't always come cheap.

You want to get your small business's name and product out there. But you don't want to get sued over it. You also might want to drum up business for a sale, but don't want to violate state or federal commercial codes. So how do you advertise right?

Here are a few tips and things to consider, from our archives:

Bono's Pit Bar B Q, Wally's Gyros & Subs, Captain D's, Sheik The Restaurant, and Mr. Dragon Chinese Restaurant are just a few of the 40 Jacksonville, Florida-area establishments named in discrimination lawsuits by double-amputee Wanda Moore and her chiropractor/attorney Robert "The Law Doc" Gibson.

The lawsuits claim the businesses are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alleging violations from non-compliant handicap parking spots and improper ramps to missing handrails in bathrooms and countertops that are too high. While some of the small business owners see the litigation as little more than a shakedown, investigations did find legitimate ADA violations at some locations.

After it came out this week that Amazon, like airlines and Uber before it, employs surge pricing on its products, consumers were rightfully peeved -- why should the same product cost more just because more people want it, especially when that price hike isn't being passed on to the product's manufacturer?

Surge pricing, while not customers' favorite, isn't illegal in and of itself. But there are plenty of other pricing practices that will get a small business in trouble with the law. Here are a few.

The availability and affordability of housing in Silicon Valley has been making national headlines for several years now. Suburban California towns like, Palo Alto and Mountain View, with not much more to offer than proximity to work and the California sun (sorry Stanford, you're a little boring), have seen rents increase beyond those in New York City.

In response to the decreased supply, and increased cost, of housing in Menlo Park, where Facebook is headquartered, the social media giant has announced plans to build a residential village, with housing, shops, transit and more.

When small business owners start out, often, they use their own personal accounts to get going. And it's not just limited personal bank and credit card accounts, but also personal phone lines, personal internet services, and even personal cable TV or music subscriptions.

Small business can operate for years using personal services, but legally, it could result in some serious legal trouble. For example, if your business operates from your personal bank account, even if you are structured as a corporation, you will likely be found personally liable in any legal disputes the business faces.

The age old practice of boozing and schmoozing may not be as socially acceptable during the workday as it once was, but that doesn't mean you can't knock a few back during negotiations, or after-hours. However, when it comes time to sign contracts or agreements, making sure the person signing can keep their pen within the lines on the page is rather important.

Whether you are signing up a new client, customer, or business partner, not allowing potential agreements to be executed while intoxicated could save you from a potential legal battle over advantageous terms, or overall contract enforceability. The missed opportunities from not allowing contracts to be signed while people are drunk are likely negligible, especially when compared to the potential pitfalls and costs of litigating contract enforceability.

The ride-hailing service that disrupted the taxi industry is now facing the cost of doing business that the taxi industry dealt with before it. Accessibility for disabled individuals is a requirement under federal and state law across the country. A new lawsuit filed against Uber in the Federal Court in Washington D.C. alleges violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the District's own Human Rights Act.

While Uber does have an option for wheelchair users, the lawsuit asserts that the company's vehicle selection criterion systematically discriminates against wheelchair users. The lawsuit claims that there is not a single vehicle in the 30,000-car fleet in the D.C. area that can accommodate an individual in a motorized chair who cannot transfer out of the chair into the vehicle. This is due to the strict requirement that all Uber vehicles have at least four seats. Uber's service that does support wheelchair users, WAV, is alleged to be both a separate and unequal accommodation that does not provide adequate support.

When summer comes around, businesses with outdoor areas, like patio dining, sidewalk shopping, or children's play areas, need to make sure that those areas are safe for both customers and employees.

Just like an injury that happens inside a business, liability can extend to an injury that occurs on a business's outdoor property. Also, employees can suffer work related injuries, and file workers' compensation claims, for injuries that occur due to working outdoors.

Below, are tips on how to avoid claims against your business due to injuries at your business's seasonal outdoor areas.

Any time states move from marijuana criminalization to legalization, there are a multitude of legal issues to work out first. Not the least of which are: who can buy, who can sell, and how much. But some of the smaller questions turn out to be the hardest to answer. Like, who can transport the marijuana from production facilities to retail stores?

When Nevada legalized it last year, they thought they were doing the simple thing by requiring recreational marijuana to be regulated the same way as alcohol products in the state. But does that mean that Nevada's wholesale alcohol distributors are the only ones that can move pot from cultivation to customer? For now, yes.