A small business owner needs a lawyer like . . . a fish needs a bicycle? I know that’s what a lot of business owners think. When told they should get legal advice, they react with disgust, horror, panic, fear, or some combination of those emotions. And for good reason. Going to a lawyer’s office can be intimidating. Getting a lawyer to pay attention and give practical advice can be daunting. And thinking about all the money it might cost is completely overwhelming. So lots of people try to get around this. They ask a friend or relative for advice. They try to do it themselves (maybe with some online help). Or — by far the most popular — they ignore the problem and hope it goes away.
I understand. In my career, I have hired and supervised dozens of attorneys on hundreds of matters. I was often frustrated with the level of service they provided. I was ALWAYS frustrated with the cost. But if you are starting up a business, or running a business with employee, contracts or other legal needs (which, let’s face it, is pretty much EVERY business), there are at least 5 good reasons you should bite the bullet and get professional legal help. Why? Because: Read more