Small Business Attorney: Why You May Need One

Many small business owners and entrepreneurs may want to have a small business attorney on tap rather than try to do it yourself when it comes to legal work.  Of course, I agree, there is no shortage of information offered on the internet to do your legal work yourself.  The problem I see is that my clients who come to me after they get into some sort of bind have used the do-it-yourself method instead of using a small business attorney and almost without exception, something has gone wrong.

I understand that its a cost saving decision to not use a small business attorney, but really, I can save you from learning a hard lesson.  Many small business owners and entrepreneurs can get things done much less expensively, or even free, on the Internet.  The potential problem is that when you download this or that off the internet you may not know exactly what you have cobbled together.  You may end up with a contract that has contradictory terms, you may form a corporation or LLC or both together, but not choose the right form of entity for your circumstances or may not get all the paperwork done correctly, or you may download and use an employee handbook that has provisions that just do not apply to your business because of the industry regulations or number of employees.

The real purpose of a small business attorney is to save you money in the long run.  You may pay a little more up front, but that little more you pay should save you from getting into a position where you are trying to protect your business or your assets.  If you hire the right small business attorney, you should be asked the right questions and be provided with a solid agreement or entity or whatever it is that you have requested.  Having this legal work done properly can save you a lot of money.  I understand it seems like it cannot be that difficult to put that contract together, or form that corporation, but ask any small business attorney you know and I’m sure they will be able to tell you many incidents of clients coming to them after they have done it themselves and they are now in a position of having to pay many more dollars than they would have if they had had an attorney help them in the first place.

If you have questions about any legal work you have done yourself, Integrated General Counsel can help you determine your next steps.  If you are ready for a results-driven plan of action, contact us either by telephone at (925) 399-1529, schedule yourself into our calendar for an appointment at a time convenient for you, or complete the Contact Kristen form and we will get back to you.

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