1. Differences in Business Structures and Protections in Human Service Private Practice: Which Suits Your Practice Best?

  1. Chris E. Stout
  1. Jonathan D. Nye

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch1

Getting Better at Private Practice

Getting Better at Private Practice

How to Cite

Nye, J. D. (2012) Differences in Business Structures and Protections in Human Service Private Practice: Which Suits Your Practice Best?, in Getting Better at Private Practice (ed C. E. Stout), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470903988

Online ISBN: 9781118089972

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Keywords:

  • contracting;
  • legal and ethically based practice forms and policies;
  • compliance;
  • practice entity;
  • professional liability;
  • premises liability;
  • business structure as sole proprietorship;
  • partnership;
  • limited partnership;
  • “C” corporation;
  • “S” corporation;
  • professional corporation;
  • limited liability company;
  • apparent agency;
  • nonprofit corporation

Summary

Whether you have already established your own practice, are starting a practice of your own, joining a practice, or working for a practice that is already established, the “business” of practice as a mental health or human services professional is the framework within which professional care is delivered. A successful practice requires the knowledge and implementation of basic legal, financial, and business management skills. This chapter presents an overview of the legal aspects of practice structures to assist the practitioner in establishing, evaluating, and improving the business of the practice.