Most entrepreneurs probably understand that a solid team is essential to the success of their enterprise. While a strong managerial, sales, finance and support staff is key, successful business owners should always hire an attorney to be a part of that team.
Too often business owners rely on lawyers to “get them out of trouble.” However, the most successful business teams include legal advisors on the front end of many decisions.
Below are the top 4 reasons why business owners should hire an attorney before they need one:
- A lawyer is your trusted advisor and will help you avoid risk. Are you legally permitted to ask an employee his age during a job interview? Are you required to pay overtime? Should you trademark your name? Should you sign a “form” lease agreement? An attorney will provide the answers to those questions and far more advanced topics quickly and easily. It just takes a phone call.
- Investing in legal assistance before drafting contracts saves you time and money. An attorney will protect you from the legal consequences of bad contracts. Laws continually change, and you will need legal advice to understand those changes.For more than 30 years, the attorneys at O’Reilly Rancilio PC have earned the trust of their clients, and served on the team for both large and small business owners.
- Online legal documents might burn you later. Any internet search will reveal a vast array of inexpensive online legal documents, but using them could cost you money down the road and you could even end up in court. It’s rare that a blanket document or form covers everything your individual business needs. “While the internet may be a tool to point you in the general direction, web browsers do not know you or your business. Business owners should never confuse the internet with a law degree,” said Marc Kaszubski, an attorney with O’Reilly Rancilio in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Businesses, like people, aren’t one-size-fits-all, so don’t make the mistake of relying on canned legal documents.
- An attorney will help you understand legal issues. If you’re sued, or need to sue someone for any number of violations, you’ll need a lawyer by your side to help you navigate the complex legal system.
While you probably won’t need a lawyer to help you through every business day, it’s important to have him or her ready when you do face legal matters. Owners who deal with time-consuming and complex issues should retain a lawyer to help them with a variety of ongoing legal tasks. Contact your next trusted business advisor by visiting the O’Reilly Rancilio P.C. website or call 586-726-1000.