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What is Business Law and When Does it Apply to Me?

Posted by Pietro E. Canestrelli | Sep 09, 2022

No one starts a business intending to break the law, but all too often entrepreneurs find themselves on the wrong side of government regulation. By understanding the basics of business law, you can make smarter decisions and avoid costly legal troubles down the road.

Do you own your own business? Are you thinking of starting a business? If so, it's important to know about business law and how it can affect you. 

What is Business Law?

Business law deals with the creation of new businesses and the issues that arise as existing businesses interact with the public, other companies, and the government. 

In essence, it establishes the rules that businesses must abide by in order to operate safely and effectively.

If you want to start a business, you have to be familiar with business law or find an expert who can help you navigate through the legal processes to ensure 

Common Types of Business Law

Although these are not the only types of business law, there is much to learn in the vast landscape. There may even be surprising laws you weren't aware of. In any case, it's beneficial to get yourself familiar with the basics if you ever plan on starting a business or being an entrepreneur. 


A contract is an agreement between two or more parties that creates a legal obligation. Contract law governs the formation and enforcement of contracts. In business law, contract law is important for setting out the terms of agreements between businesses, and for resolving disputes that may arise.


Property law is the area of law that governs the rights and interests that businesses have in tangible and intangible property. This includes things like land, buildings, equipment, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Property law also governs the ways in which businesses can transfer or dispose of their property interests.


Tort law is a branch of civil law that deals with wrongful conduct that injures someone else. It is a type of lawsuit that can be filed to seek damages for the injuries suffered. These acts may involve anything from trade secret theft to false and disparaging statements.

How you can Protect Yourself with Business Law

There are a few key ways that business owners can protect themselves against future legal troubles.

One is to put in place an effective contract management system, which can help to ensure that all agreements between the business and its partners are clear and concise.

Another is to establish good risk management practices, such as conducting regular reviews of insurance policies and risk assessment audits.

Finally, it is important to stay up-to-date on all relevant business regulations, as well as to have a solid understanding of the law in case of any disputes.

So, if you are starting a business, it is important to understand the importance of business law. This will help protect you and your company as you navigate the waters of owning and operating a business. Unfortunately, many business owners learn the hard way and find themselves in a world of legal trouble because of something they overlooked or were just unaware of.

If this describes you, don't worry! The Law Office of Pietro Canestrelli is here to help. Pietro can guide you through various processes and make sure that everything is in order for your venture.

Contact us for your business law inquiries!

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Pietro E. Canestrelli

J.D. LL.M Taxation Certified Bar Tax Specialist Founder & CEO

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