If you are an entrepreneur considering starting a business, your list of things to do may seem endless. Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all manual that will lead you through all the steps you’ll need to complete, and you may not be sure that you’re doing things correctly. A business law attorney can help you sort through everything and provide invaluable advice and assistance.
A business law attorney focuses on any legal issues that might affect a business. There are several areas they can help you with:
* A business law attorney can explain the different types of business structures – for example, a corporation or LLC - and help you with its formation.
* Business lawyers draft or look over lease agreements for commercial property, vehicles, and equipment.
* Business attorneys can educate you about your state’s and federal employment laws and help you get set up with payroll tax accounts. They can also inform you about laws such as those governing minimum wage, safety procedures, health care insurance requirements, and possible discrimination and immigration issues.
* A business attorney can write specific or general contracts for you to use when conducting business with vendors or clients.
* Having a working relationship with a knowledgeable business law attorney can protect you if you are sued. Further, your attorney can provide legal advice to minimize your risk of being sued.
* Your business may have intellectual property or goods that need to be trademarked, copyrighted or patented. Your attorney can help you with those registration processes.
You can do a lot of the tasks associated with starting a new business on your own; however, a knowledgeable attorney can do the legwork for you, so you have time to focus on other aspects of your new business. If you hire an attorney, you will want to find one who suits your needs.
Small businesses may have different needs than larger companies. If your company will be large, forming a relationship with a business law attorney from the beginning is recommended. A law firm with attorneys knowledgeable about several areas of business law might be your best bet if your business is complex.
Several attorneys have specific areas they specialize in, so you’ll need to do research. Here are some questions to ask your potential attorney:
* Do you have experience with this type of business or industry?
* What qualifications do you possess, and how long have you practiced business law?
* What is your fee structure and how are charges calculated?
* Have you been successful in settling or trying lawsuits for other clients in the same field?
* Do you have client references to share?
It’s not enough to hire an attorney; you need to hire the right attorney.
You can run a search for “business law attorneys near me,” but wading through all the results can be confusing and time-consuming. A great option is to use the free services of Billy.com. They will connect you with reputable attorneys in your area, with no obligation to hire any of them. Contact Billy.com today to start your journey towards hiring a business law attorney.
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