In this episode we interview Donata Kalnenaite, a business owner and attorney. She shares her entrepreneurial journey, and her legal guidance for small business owners – including legal protection, employment law & contracts, and contracts with clients.
[Notice: Donata offers general legal opinions on this episode, but she does not represent you individually, and we always suggest you seek legal advice for you specific needs and situation. Please read our Disclaimer.]
Donata is an attorney and business owner, attended The John Marshall Law School, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. While in law school, Donata was a part of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic, which helped disadvantaged and minority entrepreneurs establish or grow their businesses.
Prior to starting her own firm, she served as Chief Operating Officer and in-house counsel for a software development, research, and prototyping firm in Chicago.
Donata Kalnenaite is the owner of Agency Attorneys. They serve small businesses & agencies by providing three groups of services that together compromise a holistic solution for all of your small business needs. These services and contracts are the best defense systems in your arsenal. They define your relationship with other parties and will save you time and money. These services are specially picked for agencies and small businesses, so you are not spending your hard-earned money on things you don’t need.
Donata is originally from Lithuania, and currently lives in Chicago.
- How to start a small business in a way that protects you and your future?
- Donata offers advice for partners starting a business together.
- What are some best practices for partner buy-out terms? How will you fund the buy-out?
- What is a common mistake small business owners make that potentially exposes them from a liability perspective?
- Donata also shares her guidance on Employment law and employment contracts.
- What is a common mistake small business owners make in the area employment law?
- When does Donata you recommend you consider employment contracts versus “at will” employment for your small business?
- She also explains the need for legal Contracts with clients.
- What benefits do contracts provide and why do you need them to protect yourself?
- Can you have a standard template contract for the same types of clients?
- What are some of the clauses that should be included in these contracts?
- “Protect yourself!”
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