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Do you own a small business, or are looking to start one? Way too often, entrepreneurs think of a brilliant business idea (product or service) and skip critical steps to get it to market without considering long-term ramifications. Most begin by hiring an accountant, insurance agent, and possibly even a business mentor. But what about a business attorney? There are many reasons why you should have one even before you think you need one! The following are scenarios when a small business lawyer will be the best decision you can make for the future of your growing company:

You are Unsure about the Structure of your Business

Your first major decision as a small-business owner is decide how to structure your business. Do you know whether you intend to operate as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation, or nonprofit? This is a major decision as it will affect your vulnerability to personal liabilities, tax obligations, setup fees, and ongoing expenses. By consulting with an experienced business attorney, you will help remove the confusion and make the right decision.

How to Deal with Employee Issues

Do you know whether you plan to hire employees, volunteers, or independent contractors? Did you also know there are very specific laws you must adhere to in making this decision? A good business attorney can help you avoid employment pitfalls.

Hiring an attorney BEFORE you make the decision to hire or fire employees will provide you with necessary information to avoid issues related to overtime, severance, and discrimination. Contact a business lawyer to ensure that you have the knowledge regarding employment issues.

Drafting or Negotiating Contracts

More often than you think, you will be entering multiple contracts during your years in business. An attorney uses their expertise to review these documents for you and interpret the language and make necessary revisions so you can ensure that you are protected from unnecessary risks. Don’t put your business in jeopardy! For example, if you were to sign a contract without a dispute clause, you could find yourself in the middle of a lawsuit when mediation could have been an easy resolution in addition to saving time and money.

In the Event that Local, State, or Federal Government Files a Complaint Against Your Business

You may think, “That will never happen to me.” This happens all of the time for business owners who believe that if they properly conduct business, there is no chance of any government entity investigating or filing suit against their business. The truth is, it could happen to anyone! In this instance, you will want to ensure that you already have a business attorney who can protect you. There are several reasons for these types of investigations or suits. An example being that your state’s labor department may choose to investigate a claim an employee made. A business lawyer can help plan and execute a course of action to help you deal with these issues.

Negotiations for the Eventual Sale of Your Business or Purchasing One from Someone Else

Making the decision to buy a business is complex. You should never make the decision without the help of an attorney to identify all of the complex aspects of the transaction that you might have missed. An attorney will be able to help you understand how to properly place a value on a business, write acquisition and purchase agreements, do due diligence, and transfer assets, permits and licenses. When it comes to selling a business, an attorney can help you get the most value for your business and all of the hard work


A good business attorney can be a small-business owner’s greatest weapon in several situations; more than you might think.

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