Legal Documents, Templates & Resources
Downloadable Legal Documents:
Bylaws for Corporations
While Virginia does not require you to file your company’s Bylaws with the state office, corporations are required to keep a written record of bylaws. Bylaws define how the company will govern itself. They spell out your business’ structure, individual roles, and governance issues. For example, bylaws can help settle a dispute on the length of a director’s term or define if you need a simple majority to approve a decision.
Operating Agreement for LLC
This document outlines an LLC’s financial and functional decisions. If there is more than one member, it becomes all the more important to define how key business decisions will be made, how profits and losses will be distributed, what are the rights and obligations of members and what happens when someone wants out of the business. Once members sign the document, it becomes an official, binding contract.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Template
MOU is an agreement between two or more parties outlined in a formal document. It is not legally binding but signals the willingness of the parties to move forward with a contract. This document can be used to help the parties outline their roles and responsibilities before the more formal contract is executed.
Mutual Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Template
A legal document and contract that requires both parties that sign the agreement to not disclose any information protected by the agreement.
Small Business Resource Guide – Virginia 2020
Virginia specific guide to starting your business. Lots of resources and information on programs, financing, business plans, etc.
Business Entity Breakdown Document
A document to help identify the specific appropriate business entity.
Legal Disclaimer Template
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Legal Document External Links and Additional Resources:
Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) Document Resources:
|https://www.scc.virginia.gov/||Main Virginia website. Lots of resources on business formation, required forms and fees. Also links to the Clerk’s Information System (CIS), an an online tool that allows you to check business name availability, reserve a name, and form a business.|
|https://www.scc.virginia.gov/pages/New-Business-Resources||New Business Resources|
|https://www.scc.virginia.gov/pages/Entity-Formation-and-Registration-Documents||Virginia formation and registration documents. Includes links to the forms (with instructions) that need to be filed with the SCC in order to register your new business in Virginia.|
|https://www.scc.virginia.gov/pages/Entity-Types-and-Categories||Description of the different business entities (e.g. corporation, limited liability company, general partnership)|
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
CLICK HERE to visit the IRS EIN application site.
“An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. This number is typically required to:
-Open a bank account
-Apply for business licenses
-Hire employees and/or withhold taxes on income
-File tax returns”
Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD)
Information on small business certification programs, workshops, training, finance & capital options for small businesses.
Intellectual Property(IP) Related Documents
Patents, trademarks, and copyrights are types of intellectual property that serve to protect creations and innovations. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is the federal agency that grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks. For information and resources about U.S. patents and federally registered trademarks consult uspto.gov. Call the patent and trademark office help center at (800) 786-9199 or visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark headquarters in Alexandria.
A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to an inventor, issued by the U.S. patent office. The right conferred by the patent grant is the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention in the United States or importing the invention into the country. For information visit uspto.gov/inventors. There are three types of patents:
• Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement.
• Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for a manufactured article.
• Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state.
A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one provider from others. Trademarks and service marks can be registered at both the state and federal level.
Copyrights protect original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic, and certain other intellectual works, such as computer software. Copyrights do not protect facts, ideas, and systems, although they may protect the way they are expressed. For general information on copyrights, contact:
» U.S. Copyright Office
U.S. Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Ave. SE
(202) 707-3000 or toll free (877) 476-0778