When Do You Hire a Business Lawyer?
We understand it can be difficult to reach out and ask for help, especially if you think you need to hire a business lawyer. If you own your own business, you are already well aware that the decisions you make each day can drive your business toward additional successes or drag your business down to the pits of failure…or at least lots of problems!
When to Ask for Assistance from a California Business Lawyer
You are very able to manage the day-to-day operations of your business, but legal issues and problems can befuddle even more experienced business owners. Will your contemplated course of action result in unforeseen legal consequences? Is it better to settle a lawsuit with an angry and injured customer or fight the lawsuit in court? Is the contract you have prepared sufficiently detailed to provide you and the other party with a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities, or is there ambiguity that can lead to future litigation? These are just some of the questions that your California business lawyer can help you answer definitively.
Knowing when to ask for help can be just as important – and challenging – as knowing whether you need help in the first place. Waiting too long before asking for legal assistance can mean that your business will suffer some irreparable harm. Signs you may need to consult with a business lawyer include:
- You receive notification that you have been sued. If you are served with notice of a lawsuit against your business, time is not on your side. Failing to respond promptly to the lawsuit can result in a judgment being entered against your business. It is highly advisable that you speak with a business law attorney right away after your business has been served so that you and your attorney can take swift action.
- Before you make a significant decision that can impact your business’s form and/or operation. Not all decisions made in the course of a business day will impact the future of your business. For instance, choosing the wrong brand of coffee for your business may cost you a few extra dollars, but your business will continue to operate. However, when you are considering changing the form of your business (from an LLC to a corporation, for example) or adding additional business activities to your existing business, you should contact a business law attorney before making any decisions. Your attorney can not only advise you of the potential legal ramifications of your choices, but he or she can also help you comply with any regulations or administrative rules that may be applicable in your situation.
- Any time you feel overwhelmed with a legal question or issue. Business law attorneys are available to assist you in resolving your question or concern, even if it is only hypothetical and there is no pending dispute or lawsuit.
Contact JGPC Law for Your Business Law Needs
The experienced business law attorneys at JGPC Law are available to assist California business owners throughout the Bay Area including Pleasanton, Danville, Livermore, San Leandro, Oakland, Fremont, and Walnut Creek. Our attorneys are efficient and able to provide prompt, accurate advice and assistance to business owners facing a variety of legal challenges. Contact JGPC Law today by calling (925) 463-9600 or contacting the firm using its online contact request form.