Why does my business need an attorney?
Your business is your life. It’s how you feed your family and how you pay for your living expenses. Consulting with an attorney on a routine basis is good for the health of your business.
Do I have the right contract?
Having a well-written contract is vital to your business. It ensures you are paid promptly and helps limit your exposure to liability and competition. An attorney can review your contract and make suggestions and correction to ensure you are protected.
What kind of liability exists with my employees?
Employees are vital to every business but they also carry with them liability in many fashions. There is tort liability (if they injure someone else), sexual harassment, employment issues and many other issues. A properly written and enforced employee conduct policy and employee handbook may help to limit your businesses exposure to these liabilities and an attorney can help you draft these documents.
Starting a business is an exhilarating time of your life. You are likely leaving the financial stability of a job and taking an enormous risk in starting a business you believe in. Consulting with an attorney can ensure you do everything necessary to protect yourself and your future.
I want to start a business, where do I start?
The first step in starting a business is to make sure you are incorporating your business in the manner that is right for you. You may need to organize as an LLC, LLP, S-Corporation or one of many other types of company. Each type of organization has its own advantages and disadvantages and speaking with an attorney can help ensure you pick the right one.
What else do I need to do?
The type of business you are starting will determine what you need next. There are lots of things to consider such as:
- Do I have the right Contracts for my services?
- Have I limited my liability as much as possible?
- Am I going to have employees?
- How am I going to pay employees?
- Do I have a product or logo that needs patenting or trademarking?
- Do I have a human resources policy?
- Do I have an employee handbook and employee agreement?
The answers to these questions may determine where you need to go next, and speaking with an attorney can help you pick the path that is right for you.
How do I buy out a partner?
Buying out a partner can be contentious and brings with it lots of liability. Making sure shareholder agreements and dissolution provisions are followed are just two of the many traps to look out for. An attorney can help ensure your business shares are properly appraised and that all of your buy-out wishes are honored.
Do I need to consult an attorney before firing an employee?
Every situation is different and consulting an attorney may prevent hassle and money expenditure in the future. Drafting a well written and thoroughly prepared employee agreement can help these situations and provide you a guide to hiring and firing employees.