Whether you are in the start-up phase or a more established business, it might be time to consider consulting with a skilled business attorney. An attorney can help you establish sound business agreements and best practices that can protect you and your assets for years to come.
Below are just some of the ways a business attorney can partner with you to protect your business:
Entity formation. Should you file as an LLC or a C-Corp? Should you ever change your entity status? Your attorney can help you choose the status that fits best for your business and your needs.
Contracts. Unsure if your contracts actually protect you and your business, or if they contain loopholes that could cost you time, money and frustration later? An attorney can help you craft business agreements, from vendor contracts to employee non-disclosure agreements, with the best possible protections under current law. In addition, there may be some documents and agreements you don’t even know you need, and your attorney can help you identify and fill any gaps.
Hiring and HR policies. A clear, well-written employee policies and procedures manual can help prevent employee disputes and lawsuits. Consult with your attorney regarding best practices and your legal obligations regarding hiring and employment practices.
Intellectual property protection. Your whole business might be built around a few great ideas and products. What would happen if another party questioned your ownership of those ideas? What if another company started producing a product with the same name or technology? Be sure you have secured all available intellectual property protections, from trademarks to patents, and ask your attorney what steps you need to take.
Your attorney can be an integral part of your company’s strategic team.
To learn more about legal protection for your business and intellectual property, contact EmergeCounsel today.