Legal services are often deemed unnecessary and are often seen as mere additional expense. But you may be overlooking the fact that California business attorneys can help a great deal in corporate law dealings and operations.
Why Retain a Business Attorney?
They are not only good in issues of litigation such as when you are being investigated for securities fraud by the Security and Exchange Commission or when a customer charges against you for product liability. Business attorneys can also prevent various legal issues that can come out of forming a business, whether a small start-up or a large corporation.
Engaging in the world of business can involve tremendous tasks, from hiring employees to tax issues, from registering and licensing to negotiating business transactions, so on and so forth. It entails so many concerns that it will just be impossible to get your hands on all these alone.
You may ask, what makes it so important to seek help from a lawyer?
- A business attorney can make sure your company is in observance of corporate official procedures. A business attorney can draft resolutions, contracts, minutes, etc.
- A business attorney can present direct access to legal guidance with familiarity of your business in times of setbacks to assess circumstances when they happen and give you timely proposals and assistance.
- A business attorney can modify or re-establish crucial agreements like shareholder, operating or purchase agreements.
- A business attorney can advise you on your legal options and ways to resolve disputes.
- A business attorney can give a classified sounding board to aid, evaluate, and develop company issues, strategies and plans.
- A business attorney can organize employee policies/handbooks and employment agreements defending you from unlawful termination and discrimination charges.
- A business attorney can identify probable problems that you may not expect with your company, its operations, its employees, policies and procedures.
- A business attorney can arrange and examine business documents and contracts. Even though there are a number of pre-printed forms and self-help legal guides, you must not depend on these resources completely. Business law can be complex, and errors could be costly.
- A business attorney can negotiate on your behalf for the sale of your company or the possession of another company or its assets.
- A business attorney can negotiate financial arrangements.
- A business attorney can help you in getting State and Federal licenses your business may call for.
- A business attorney can help you protect your company’s creative works and intellectual property.
How do you choose the right business law attorney in California?
Hiring a corporate legal counsel you can trust and rely on is of utmost importance. You need to be at ease enough with your lawyer to discuss confidential matters with him or her. You also need a counsel whom you can have confidence with.
In addition, find an attorney who you can communicate with easily, one who can keep in touch with you regularly, and a person who finds time to meet or talk with you personally to discuss your concerns.
It is highly advisable that you get a business attorney who has the necessary background experience that will meet your legal needs. Seek one who has expertise with business laws, and who is well versed, knowledgeable and skilled in business legal matters.
Though hiring a business attorney does entail financial expense, the little amount you would be spending will not compare to the thousands of dollars your company would be paying in case you are faced with contractual or employment disputes. Having appropriately arranged contracts at the onset may avert the matter from ever proceeding to a lawsuit.
About the Author
Attorney Steven Peck has been practicing law since 1981. A former successful business owner, Mr. Peck initially focused his legal career on business law. Within the first three years, after some colleagues and friend’s parents endured nursing home neglect and elder abuse, he continued his education to begin practicing elder law and nursing home abuse law.