Running a small business is not easy. Then is the added choice one has to make for many factors. One of these is whether or not one needs a business lawyer. The usual take on this matter is that lawyers charge high fees. Small businesses do not have extra monies to spend. Thus, the real fact of the matter is that small businesses hire lawyers only when confronted with a legal situation. What is to be understood is that legal aid at all times during any major issue of the business is the best thing to do. This will enable us to be on the right side of the breach of contract law at all times and hence, legal trouble can be avoided right from the word `go.’
However, this does not mean that one needs a business lawyer at all times. Do consult some legal experts when making major decision. These should be in keeping with the code of conduct of the land. Nonetheless, there are certain issues which are not very tangled and one can handle them on one’s own without having someone legal come over at high rates of at least about $200 per hour. For instance, writing down business plans, deciding on a suitable name for your enterprise, applying for an employer identification number, applying for licenses and permits, hiring staffers, hiring contractors for various jobs, forming a buy-sell agreement with your business partners et al are things one can try without expert help.
However, there are some tasks for which it is best to get in someone from outside with the relevant know how on the subject. These include: former, current or prospective staffers suing you on grounds of discrimination; the local, state or federal government bodies sending in complaint notices for some matter or another; in events of some environmental doubt or issue where you are not very sure about the clauses and the legalities of the matter; when you are making a deal for the sale of your corporate outfit or you are involved in the acquisition of another company or its assets.
If an issue does come up, it needs sorting out by experts for sure. However, prevention is better than cure as is said in most events. Prevention does not always mean going in for expensive legal help at all times. However, part time assistance before closing in on important details will not harm. It will, on the other hand, prevent trouble from brewing up later on in the day. Some of legal details which will help your case are available online. Try to research on the net so that you are not wet behind the ears in these issues. At least, some information is available with you on any given legal issue. Then, you will not fall into business lawyers’ trap all that easily. Also, they will be aware of the fact that you are no one’s fool and will not take you for a ride.