The following is a list of areas where start-ups generally need legal advice.
1. Corporate formalities and governance (forming corporation and maintaining all corporate records internally such as bylaws, director/shareholder meetings and government filing, such as annual government filings)
2. Transactions (preparing and negotiating agreements for all of company's relationships and needs, including drafting templates for all corporate agreements.
3. Labor and human resources (preparing proprietary invention and confidentiality agreement for employees/contractors; employment agreements and policies and procedures; agreements and government-required documents for employee benefits, stock, RSUs, ESPP, etc.; health and safety compliance)
4. IP Protection (all IP protection filings such as patent, trademarks, copyrights; IP and confidentiality agreements, policies and procedures; networking agreements, etc. to protect IP)
5. Marketing, sales and distribution (developing marketing and sales policies and procedures; developing templates for agreements for same; reviewing marketing documents; developing trademark, logo guidelines)
6. Litigation (unfair termination, wage & hour disputes, copyright and patent violations, infringement of intellectual property, proprietary rights, etc.