Hiring a Business Attorney: The Basics

To be a successful business, you’ll need more than a good idea and dedication to make it happen. According to Entrepreneur magazine, “there are two professionals every business will need early on: an accountant and a lawyer.” Hiring an accountant is obvious, but hiring an attorney may seem less so, especially if you’re just getting started and the expense incurred by a business attorney may seem an unnecessary expenditure. Yet having a qualified business lawyer on your team can likely save you money later on, far more than the investment of bringing him on board. “A good business attorney,” according to Entrepreneur, “will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability.” Hiring-a-Business-Attorney-The-Basics

Some business owners may think it’s better to wait until the need specifically arises before hiring an attorney, but the important thing to remember, according to Entrepreneur, is that “if you are being sued, it’s too late.” Waiting until the sheriff is at your door with a summons means that you’ll already be responsible to pay any fines, court costs, and settlement fees. Having a business attorney at your disposal significantly reduces the chances that you’ll end up with a sheriff at your door in the first place.

There are several different areas of practice in which a business attorney will aid your business. According to Entrepreneur, these include but are not limited to: contracts, business organizations, real estate, taxes and licenses, and intellectual property. Needs vary depending on the type of business.

To get started with these specifics and others, the most important first step is to get in touch with a dedicated business attorney. Don’t go through it alone. Contact our offices today.

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