People who start their own business have a well-deserved reputation for being independent, can-do types who are self-reliant and capable, but as competent and confident as you may be in your own abilities, there are some things for which you need expert help. At the top of that list is legal help. There are many reasons why you need a small business lawyer to help you with your startup — you’ll find the most universal of these listed below:
- Selecting the appropriate business structure – When you form a business, you need to choose between setting it up as a corporation, a partnership, a limited liability corporation or a sole proprietor. Each of these has its own advantages and disadvantages, and most require legal paperwork. It is well worth your time to meet with a small business attorney to discuss the pros and cons and long-term ramifications of each option, and then to help you move forward with whichever you decide.
- Copyrights, patents and trademarks – Depending upon what type of business you run, you may or may not be in need of protection for patents or intellectual property. But beyond that, filing a trademark for your logo or other branding material can save you a good deal of frustration and stress in the future.
- Crafting contracts and reviewing agreements – Every business will be in need of contracts, whether they are agreements of sale, employment contracts or simple contracts regarding improvements you want to be made to your physical location. Having a small business lawyer on hand to review the terms and conditions before your signing will help you to understand your obligations. A small business lawyer’s help with enforcement will also be invaluable.
- Collecting Monies that you’re Owed – It is an unfortunate fact of life that people don’t pay their bills, but there are few things that can shake money free like a call from an attorney.
- Employment Contracts and Policies – Employment issues can lead to significant legal headaches. From harassment and discrimination issues to establishing an employee handbook that makes your internal policies clear, having a small business lawyer can help to head off problems, as well as make sure that you and your employees are both protected through clear language in employment contracts.
- Defending against lawsuits – You may never face a lawsuit, but if you ever do you will appreciate already having a partnership with a small business attorney who can help to ease your fears and guide you through the process.
As you embark on your new venture, you’ll find our experienced small business attorneys an essential tool in your toolkit. To discuss how we can help, contact us today to set up an appointment.