Too often, business owners wear all the hats, from chief cook to bottle washer. This kind of goes with the territory. However, there is one job the business owner should not attempt – being the company’s lawyer. I suppose there could be an exception if you went to law school, passed the bar, and are licensed to practice law. Short of that, a business owner should not be his or her own attorney. Business owners need a lawyer. Likewise, they should have a close relationship with their lawyer.
Why is a lawyer important?
First, a good lawyer can serve as an advisor. Too often, people only think of calling a lawyer when there is trouble or to deal with some sort of major problem. As examples, these problems could be an employment issue or a dispute with a vendor or customer. In other words, business owners will only call a lawyer when an issue arises to the level of litigation. So, think about it a little differently. Wouldn’t it be a great resource to have a lawyer on call? Imagine picking up the phone to ask simple questions or pick the brain of an experienced attorney who knows you and your business. Maybe you have a contract question, a collection issue, a new idea, or an operational concern.
Joining Your Team
A large part of my practice is helping business owners. I help clients with business deals from start to finish. I often continue to counsel them on day-to-day business issues. These clients view me as a member of the management and executive teams. And I treat them like I am a part of their organization by working tirelessly on their behalf and caring about their success.
I do know that all business owners need a lawyer at one point or another. However, I urge all of you to develop a relationship with a trusted lawyer with the goal of the lawyer becoming a member of your team. You not only need it, but you also deserve it. I would love to have a discussion with you. Perhaps, we can develop such a relationship. If we get to that point, I offer affordable, flat monthly retainer packages. Call me to discuss the opportunities.