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What is a Lawyer For Business?

A lawyer for business helps manage transactions that occur between the parties involved, such as the quality of goods, quantity, pricing structure, legal rights, return policies, etc. They can also provide more general assistance including legal advice, representation, and compliance with laws and regulations relating to business structure and dealings. Having a contract between the businesses or a set legal system for the business can help protect the company legally and safeguard its rights and principles.

Types of Business Contracts

A business contract is legal proof of any association between the business and the other party. Here are the common types of contracts signed in business -

  • Sales

    A sales contract is also commonly referred to as a purchase agreement. In this document, all the details regarding a purchase are documented. The details include the cost of the product, the quantity of the products, date of purchase, date of delivery, etc. It also includes information on the product, such as dimensions, color, quality, etc.

  • Service

    A service contract can be signed between the company and its customers. All the terms and conditions of the company, such as legal rights of the product, quality assurance, return policies, etc., are outlined in detail here. This helps safeguard the legal rights of the company.

  • Employment

    An employment contract is a legal document signed between the business and its employees. The document outlines the roles and responsibilities of the employee, their payment structure, increment structure, contract period, etc. Employment contracts also often include nondisclosure agreements and non-compete agreements.

  • Business Partnership

    In a business partnership contract, when two people enter into a partnership, they divide their roles and responsibilities. Therefore, it is also important to determine their position and percentage sharing in the company. A business partnership contract helps to validate these terms.

  • Commercial Lease

    A commercial lease contract is like a rental agreement, except for commercial land or property. The tenant can use this property for the sake of their business.

Need for a Business Lawyer

A business lawyer is also commonly known as a corporate attorney. However, while the terms can be used interchangeably to some extent, "business lawyer" is a broader term that encompasses various legal issues related to businesses, while "corporate attorney" typically refers to a lawyer who specializes in corporate law. The lawyer's duty is to safeguard the company's integrity from any legal issues. Companies spend about 0.23% of their total income hiring a business lawyer on average, but the percentage varies depending on the size and needs of the company.

Hiring a lawyer for your business is important. They not only help safeguard the rights of an individual but also help protect the company from any legal threats or consequences and look over the billings and taxation of the company.

Here are some reasons to hire a lawyer, even before starting a business.

  • Initial Groundwork

    Lawyers help in establishing your business structure. It is essential to understand the company category and the type of business. This is an important step as it helps determine the rights to which the owner is entitled.

    They help draft a contract that covers all the details necessary to safeguard the business. In the case of a business with multiple owners, the lawyer has to enlist the rights of every owner. It is also necessary to describe specific roles, pay structure, and percentage sharing of the company.

    In case of any disputes, possible solutions are also drafted in the contract. Especially in the case of multiple partnership firms, the contracts must consist of clauses regarding the liabilities and failure of the company.

  • New Advancements

    The lawyer has to supervise the process if the company is to go under any merger or acquire other companies or small businesses. The owner must be informed if any new rules or regulations may affect the company's well-being. The lawyer must ensure that the owner makes well-informed decisions in this situation.

    A business lawyer will help you to protect the intellectual property of your company. Depending on the kind of intellectual property you own, you may be able to file for a copyright, license, or trademark. Your legal entitlement to your intellectual property can be protected and preserved with the aid of a business attorney.

  • Legal Disputes

    They help in managing the legal issues of commercial property. This includes the rental agreement as well as the commercial taxes.

    The lawyer's duty is to foresee any risks the business has. Therefore, the lawyer analyzes the current market trends, rates, and the position of the company to determine any possible consequences that the company might have to face. Based on this, they take the required measures to protect the company. In case of legal disputes, the lawyer's duty is to represent the company and protect it.

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Types of Business

Businesses have various types and getting a lawyer to help plan and choose your business type is essential as it can significantly impact profitability. Here are some of the main ways a business can be organized:

  • Sole Proprietorship

    Within a sole proprietorship business, the business is entirely owned by a single person. The owner is personally tied up with the company. The business is considered to be a personal belonging of the owner, where the liabilities and assets of the business are treated as their own.

  • Partnership

    A partnership is an alliance between two or more people who come forward to run and own the business. When multiple owners come together to run a business, it comes with different perspectives and talented people. But, at the same time, people with different views and visions may sometimes lead to conflict.

  • Limited Liability Company

    A limited liability company is commonly known as an LLC. The main advantage of owning an LLC is that the owner's assets are separate from the company's and wouldn't be affected due to the company's downfall.

Key Terms

When doing business, it is important to understand every term properly. Here are some important key terms.

  • Intellectual property - Product designs, innovations, logos, commercial services, unique works, and proprietary information all fall under the category of intellectual property.
  • Merger - This refers to a condition where two companies come into mutual collaboration with one another.
  • Acquisition - This is when a company occupies another company.

Conclusion

Hiring a lawyer for business crucial as they will help you shape your company and safeguard its rights and integrity. They will help the company's owner categorize the company and make legal decisions that benefit the company in the long run. A business lawyer will help and work for the company's benefit when it comes to legal rights and disputes.


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