Every startup will have its own unique legal needs, however through the years I can identify a core set of legal documents a startup should receive from a startup lawyer so as to establish what I refer to as its basic legal infrastructure. This basic legal infrastructure would be sufficient to take the business from concept to launch. Of course the recommended documents listed below represent a generic iteration of a business venture and does not consider highly complex startups which may require additional legal documents. However the following list can be used as a foundation to build out from:
- Non-Disclosure Agreement
- Assignment of Intellectual Property
- Bylaws and Other Documents Related to Business Structuring and Operations
- Employee Contracts or Offer Letters
- Liability Release Forms
- Operating Agreements
- Stock Option Plans and Purchase Agreements
Further, it is also important to keep in mind that the amount of legal services one will receive for $5-$15k will vary in some markets a startup will receive less as fees for services may be higher in other markets startups may receive more services.
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