Services for Startups

Startups are in the early stages of operating their businesses and have a unique set of legal needs.  Canvas Legal offers legal services to meet these early business needs, which often include the following areas:

Employment Law:

  • Onboarding employees
  • Compliance with state and federal law, such as the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Employment agreements
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, which protect your business interests from unfair competition
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Social media and internet use policies
  • Document retention policies


  • Operating agreements and bylaws, which are the rules that govern your company
  • Partnership agreements, which are the rules that govern your relationships with your partners


  • Licensing and permitting for industries that are subject to federal, state, or local licensing requirements
  • Zoning, including ensuring that you are complying with zoning laws and changing zoning where needed
  • Tax registration with the state and federal government

Intellectual Property:

  • State or federal trademarks registration, whichever is best suited for your purpose
  • Copyright registration
  • Trade secrets, including ensuring that you are protecting your trade secrets and preventing others from stealing them

Contracts and Other General Business Matters:

  • Real estate leases to make sure you are getting a fair deal
  • Supplier/vendor contracts
  • Independent contractor agreements
  • Client agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements, which protect your confidential information, trade secrets, and private data
  • Master Services Agreements
  • Private-Labeling Agreements

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