Entrepreneurial Law Clinic: Guides & Resources

Updated October 11, 2013.
Prepared by Mary Whisner. Updated by Sherry Leysen & Cheryl Nyberg (2013).

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic's work can touch many legal subjects and use many skills. This guide highlights useful research guides, sources for forms, loose-leaf materials, specialized databases, websites, and books.

See also these Gallagher guides on related subjects:

Note: This guide highlights selected resources; it is not comprehensive. Call numbers and locations of materials are specific to the Gallagher Law Library unless noted otherwise. LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law access is limited to individuals with their own IDs and passwords. Access to BNA and RIA Checkpoint electronic resources is UW Restricted.


Corporate & Business Resources

Research Guides

Gallagher research guide on Corporations & Business Organizations

The Business Resources subject guide, prepared by UW Foster Business librarians, provides links to business databases, company and industry research, marketing materials, and more

Selected Treatises & Practitioner Materials

General Resources

Carl G. Bishop & Daniel S. Kleinberger, Limited Liability Companies: Tax and Business Law (1994 - ). KF 1380 Z95 B57 at Reference Area & Westlaw. Updated in 2013.
This 2-volume loose-leaf includes chapters on Choice of Entity: Tax and Nontax Comparison (Ch. 3) and Entity Comparison: Limited Liability Company Versus S Corporation (Ch. 4).

Zolman Cavitch, Business Organizations with Tax Planning. KF1366 .C3 at Reference Area. Updated in 2013.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Business Organizations with Tax Planning" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).
This multi-volume loose-leaf includes two chapters on choice of business entity (Volume 1, Part 1)

William P. Streng, Choice of Entity (2007 - ). KF6289.A1 T35 700-3rd at Reference Area & on BNA (UW Restricted).
This portfolio "[D]iscusses federal income tax and other considerations pertinent in choosing the most advantageous legal form for conducting business and investment activities."

Emerging Companies Guide: A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs (2d ed. 2010). KF1355 .E46 2011 at Classified Stacks
"A comprehensive, handy resource of key legal and business aspects of forming, organizing, operating and developing emerging/growth-oriented businesses." Includes forms and checklists on companion CD-ROM. Table of contents

Advising the Small Business: Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner (2d ed. 2011). KF1659 .B38 2011 at Classified Stacks
"[P]rovides extensive guidance on a number of issues that small businesses commonly face, as well as sample documents, checklists, and resources for obtaining additional forms and information. A valuable resource whether a lawyer is approaching an issue from scratch or dealing with an existing situation, this book assists counsel in providing more effective legal services and helps to identify issues that require further research or a specialist." Table of contents

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Washington-Specific Resources

Stewart M. Landefeld & Eric A. DeJong, Washington Business Entities: Law and Forms (2d ed. 2005 - ). KFW213 .L36 2005 at Reference Area. Updated annually.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Washington Business Entities Law and Forms, Second Edition" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).
This resource includes chapters on Formation of Corporations (Ch. 1); Limited Liability Companies (Ch. 20); Partnerships (Ch. 21); and Social Purpose Corporations (Ch. 23). Forms are in Appendix 1 - Appendix 24.

Washington, Oregon, and Alaska Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual (Charles H. Purcell ed., 1996 - ). KF1380.A65 W37 1996 at Reference Area. Updated.

Washington State Governor's Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance, Start Your Business, covers business plans, business structures, names, licenses, taxes, regulatory compliance, and related topics.

How to Start a Business in Washington (2d ed. 2007). HD62.5 .H685637 2007 at Classified Stacks

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Forms & Checklists

To find general formbooks, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog using a subject search:

  • Forms (Law) -- United States
  • Forms (Law) -- Washington (State)

Major sources include:

American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d (2d ed. 1971 - ). KF170.A4 1971 at Reference Area & Westlaw
Updated regularly with pocket parts and revised volumes (library has latest volumes only). 
This multi-volume set includes a two-volume A-Z general index to help locate sample forms such as operating agreements, guidelines for web sites, nondisclosure agreements, and many more.

West’s Legal Forms (2d ed. 1981 - ). KF170. W47 at Reference Area & Westlaw
Volumes 1 - 11, supplemented through 2008 and volumes 12 - 31 supplemented through 2009  (subscription cancelled) .

Fletcher Corporation Forms Annotated (4th ed. 1972). KF1411 .F55 1972 at Reference Area & Westlaw. Print updated through 2009 (subscription cancelled). 

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Category Source
Free Electronic Resources WashLaw Legal Forms

A list of web sites where forms are available, compiled by Washburn University School of Law
FindLaw Business Forms and Contracts
A collection of sample contracts by type and industry
Commercial Databases LexisNexis, Lexis.com: LEXIS Clause Library - Corporate Law (CLCORP)
"[C]lauses from thousands of different legal instruments covering the following topics: close corporations, corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, LLCs, LLPs, Professional corporations, professional partnerships and S corporations."
Westlaw FORMS ALL Database
“[C]ontains all available forms and forms treatise documents from more than fifty forms treatises and analytical material.” 
Westlaw  CMLFORMS-ALL Database
“[F]orms, clauses, and checklists that relate to Contracts and Commercial law and are derived from numerous West publications including West Legal Forms, Nichols Legal Forms, AmJur Legal Forms, state forms, and other sources.”

Bloomberg Law Transactional Law Resources include sample documents and clauses (DealMaker Documents and Dealmaker Clauses; Bloomberg BNA Sample Forms); drafting guidance; and more.

Washington State Department of Licensing, Business Licensing Service
Department of Revenue
Secretary of State, Corporations and Charities Division (include a form for registering a social purpose corporation)
See also the Gallagher guide on Washington State Public Records Databases

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Dictionary

Oxford Dictionary of Business and Management

A Dictionary of Business and Management (5th ed. 2009).
Available via UW Libraries Oxford Reference (under Quick Fact Resources)

"This wide-ranging and authoritative dictionary contains 7,000 entries covering all areas of business and management, including marketing, organizational behaviour, business strategy, law, and taxation. Written by a team of experts, it features the very latest terminology, for example, the recent vocabulary associated with structured finance and the associated subprime lending crisis, including collaterized debt obligation and special purpose vehicle.

Business & Industry Sources

The librarians at the UW Foster Business Library have prepared several useful guides that provide links to print material, free websites, and commercial sources (UW Restricted):

Business Plans

Company Research

Industry Research

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Intellectual Property Resources

Research Guides

See the Gallagher guides on Research in Copyright Law, Patent Law Resources, and Trademark Law Resources.

The UW Engineering Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center. See its Patent and Trademark Search Guides.

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Selected Treatises & Practitioner Materials

Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright: A Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas (1978 - ). KF2991.5 .N5 1978 at the Reference Area
Updated. Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Nimmer on Copyright" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).

Donald S. Chisum, Patents: A Treatise on the Law of Patentability, Validity, and Infringement (1978 - ). KF3114 .C55 at the Reference Area. Updated.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Chisum on Patents" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).

J. Thomas McCarthy, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition (1996 - ). KF3180 .M29 1996 at the Reference Area & Westlaw

Anne Gilson Lalonde, Gilson on Trademarks (1974 - ). KF3180 .G542 at Reference Area. Updated.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Gilson on Trademarks" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).

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Forms & Checklists

In addition to the formbook resources listed in the Gallagher research guides above, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog using a keyword search with terms such as:

  • copyright forms
  • intellectual property forms
  • patent forms
  • trademark forms

Useful resources for forms include:

American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d. (2d ed. 1971 - ). KF170.A4 1971 at Reference Area & Westlaw. Updated regularly with pocket parts and revised volumes (library has latest volumes only).
This multi-volume set includes a two-volume A-Z general index to help you locate sample forms for intellectual property topics involving trademarks, trade names, copyrights, patents, and many others.

Richard Raysman & Peter Brown, Computer Law: Drafting and Negotiating Forms and Agreements (1984 - ). KF390.5.C6.R3 1984 at Reference Area. Updated.

William J. Seiter, The Creative Artist’s Legal Guide: Copyright, Trademark, and Contracts in Film and Digital Media Production (2012). KF2979 .S45 2012 at the Classified Stacks

Anne Gilson Lalonde, Gilson on Trademarks (1974 - ). KF3180 .G542 at Reference Area. Updated.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Forms from Gilson on Trademarks" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).
Forms are located in print volumes 4 and 5.

Alexander Lindey, Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts: Agreements and the Law (3d ed. 2004 - ). KF2992 .L5 2004 at the Reference Area & on Westlaw

Melville B. Nimmer & David Nimmer, Nimmer on Copyright: A Treatise on the Law of Literary, Musical and Artistic Property, and the Protection of Ideas (1978 - ). KF2991.5 .N5 1978 at the Reference Area. Updated.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Forms from Nimmer on Copyright" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).
Consult the index under "Forms" for topic references.

Thomas E. Costner & Harold Einhorn, Patent Licensing Transactions (1968 -). KF3145.A6 C6 at the Reference Area. Updated. 
Available on Lexis Advance (in Lexis Advance, consult Appendix 1 of this title: Index to Forms for index to clauses and a list of forms).
Forms are located in print volumes 1A and 2; consult the index for topic references.

Free Electronic Resource: FindLaw Corporate Counsel – Intellectual Property (includes links to sample IP license agreements)

Commercial Databases

Bloomberg Law: Intellectual Property Practice Center: Transactional Resources include sample agreements and clauses (license, use, and royalty agreements)

LexisNexis: Lexis.com, Current Legal Forms for Intellectual Property (CLFIPR). LexisNexis description: "Provides a wealth of sample intellectual property forms, drafting guidance and expert legal commentary."

Practical Law Company: Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Center provides introductory material, practice notes, sample clauses, checklists and more. Topical coverage includes copyright, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, the Internet, general IP and more. Note: law students may sign up for a free account.

Westlaw

  • Trademark Law Practice Forms, 2d. “[P]rovides rules, forms and guiding commentary needed, from procedures to establish a trademark through the process to protect it.”
  • Patent Law Practice Forms. "[P]rovides the rules, commentary and sample forms for the process of obtaining and protecting patents and dealing with basic prosecution and litigation issues."

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Tax Resources

Research Guides

Finding Guide for Federal Tax Materials in the Gallagher Law Library (lists tax research books in the Gallagher Law Library)

Mary A. Hotchkiss, Federal Income Taxation, in Specialized Legal Research (Penny A. Hazelton ed.). KF240.S63 1987 at Reference Area. Updated (2013 Supplement).

Dictionary

Robert Sellers Smith, West's Tax Law Dictionary (2011). KF6287 .S64 at Reference Area & Westlaw

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Selected Treatises & Practitioner Material

Washington State Dep't of Revenue, Tax Reference Manual: Information on State and Local Taxes in Washington State (2010).

Washington Tax Reporter (2 vols. 2013). KFW470.A6 C6 at Reference Area. Updated

Forms & Checklists

In addition to the resources listed above, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog using a keyword search: tax forms.

American Jurisprudence Legal Forms 2d. (2d ed. 1971 - ). KF170.A4 1971 at Reference Area & Westlaw. Updated regularly with pocket parts and revised volumes (library has latest volumes only).
This multi-volume set includes the two-volume Federal Tax Guide to Legal Forms.

Jacob Rabkin & Mark H. Johnson, Current Legal Forms, with Tax Analysis (1948 - ). KF170.R3 at Reference Area. Updated.
Available on Lexis Advance (search tip: Login to Lexis Advance, and select Browse Sources. Enter "Rabkin & Johnson Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis" in the Search Sources box, and select "View table of contents" to access this resource).

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Specialized Databases

RIA Checkpoint is a specialized tax research database. Use the Table of Contents tab to access materials such as tax news; federal, state, local, and international tax information; and to locate the Form/Line Finder. Use the Tools tab to access various calculators and interactive checklists. UW Restricted

BNA Tax and Accounting Center (or, from BNA menu, follow link for Tax) includes Tax Management Portfolios (detailed guidance on specific tax situations) and State Tax Portfolios. UW Restricted.

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Social Entrepreneurship Books

For books and materials on social entrepreneurship and related topics such as innovation and technology, search the Gallagher Law Library catalog by subjects including:

  • Academic-industrial collaboration -- United States
  • Industrial management
  • Microenterprises
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Technological innovations -- Law and legislation

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