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Do You Need a Team of Lawyers to Keep Your Small Business Safe?

August 16, 2018 - 10:00 am
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Big companies usually have a law firm on retainer. Really big companies have their own lawyers, and the biggest have a fully staffed legal department. Most small businesses though, have very little budget for legal expenses, however, they also can't afford to be without a member of the bar to whom they can go for proper legal advice either. 

 

Legal issues you may want to deal with on your own

There are many legal matters involved with running a small business, which often needs to be addressed by the business owner. While a lawyer could help handle legal issues quickly and properly, those who are determined to save a few hundred dollars on lawyer fees can do a number of legal tasks for their company, with the proper research and planning, on their own. Some of these include:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Creating a legal partnership
  • Forming a limited liability company
  • Applying for building and operating permits and licenses
  • Complying with zoning and other local government requirements
  • Getting an employer ID number
  • Paying shareholders

 

When you'll want a lawyer

It is practically impossible to predict what issues your company may face today, let alone tomorrow or years from now. A company can be sued for just about anything these days, from the lack of quality of its service or products to failure to comply with obscure government health, safety, operating or other regulations. Companies can also be sued for copyright or trademark infringement or any other issues concerning intellectual property rights. A small business need not be in the wrong to be sued, but a company that is being sued needs a lawyer to come to its defense.

 

Find a lawyer before you need one

The worst time for a small business to find a lawyer is when it needs one. This is especially true when it is being sued, facing an audit or is in danger of being shut down for failure to comply with a regulation. A company that is under the gun in this manner is going to lose a lot of time and money looking for, choosing and getting a lawyer up to speed on its business and its issues. It is far better to have found a lawyer before your company has to face such issues, and for your lawyer to be knowledgeable of how your company operates and what it needs. Put simply, when a fire starts, it is not the time to go looking for a fire extinguisher. It is good to have someone on board who can put out a legal fire, or prevent a legal spark from becoming a full-blown problem, or lawsuit.

 

This article was written by Mark G. McLaughlin for Small Business Pulse