As a small business owner, why do I need a lawyer? Isn’t the internet the perfect place to find forms for contracts and corporate formation?

As a small business owner myself, I know you’re excited, you’re busy and you feel like you hold the world in the palm of your hands once you decide to purchase your own franchise, open a quaint little boutique, invest in real estate, or start a home-based business. The last thing on your mind is the first thing that should be…retaining competent legal counsel.

In my 14 years of practice I have generally encountered two types of business clients: those who play offense and those who play defense, but wish they had played offense. We live in a country with laws and regulations, lots of them. Litigation is expensive, and while there are no guarantees you will be litigation free for the life of your business, you can take steps to minimize your risk.

Because of many factors, you may be tempted to handle legal details with a DIY approach, but there is a better, safer way to protect your business. Now don’t get me wrong, I love social media, internet searches and self-help books as much as the next guy, but you have invested all you have in your business…your money, your time and your heart. Your investment deserves the protection and peace of mind that comes from knowing you complied with all laws and regulations, that your contracts are properly vetted, and that in a pinch you know who to call if you are served with a summons or faced with a conundrum that requires a legally sound and effective response.

I will take your business seriously, I will treat you with respect, and we will work together to develop a plan for legal services that is tailored to your needs and budget.