Even if you have been lucky enough to avoid a legal battle, it is vital for every small business owner to consult an attorney for possible future legal representation. Although it would be nice to assume that you will never need to call on your attorney, there is much to be gained from a long-term relationship with legal counsel. Establishing a relationship with an attorney now lays the groundwork early on and ensures you will have quick access to advice when you need it. If you are already being sued, you need an attorney now. Having legal representation is something you should have before you have an immediate need for it. Doing so will give you peace of mind and time to truly search for the right attorney.

From the moment you open the doors of your business, you should have an attorney within reach. There are many legal issues that a small business might grapple with, including business formation, generating or reviewing contracts and leases, intellectual property concerns, taxes, licenses, commercial disputes, etc. Having an attorney you can trust is a vital tool in your arsenal.

Some small business owners assume they can handle legal issues on their own. Even when possible, that is a tremendous burden for a business owner. Especially when dealing with contracts and other written legal s, you really need an attorney to review it before you sign. Your competition and the other person involved in the contract is having their lawyer review – so should you.