How A Small Business Lawyer Can Help

Clients Rate Lawyers on our Platform 4.9/5 Stars
based on 4,036 reviews

Jump to Section

Need help with a legal contract?

CREATE A FREE PROJECT POSTING
Post Project Now

What Is a Small Business Lawyer?

A small business lawyer is an essential part of building your business and achieving success. They help new and budding businesses avoid the legal pitfalls that inexperienced entrepreneurs may be faced with. Hiring a small business lawyer early on in the process can help you keep your small business from facing a lawsuit or getting into trouble with the government for not filing the correct documentation.

What Can a Small Business Lawyer Do?

Corporate governance is a very critical part of some companies. Not doing your due diligence in this area can cause serious legal repercussions down the line. Here is a list of things a small business lawyer can do to help new business owners avoid legal trouble:

  • In general, a small business lawyer can ensure your company follows the law properly, relieving you of possible personal liability in the future.
  • They can guide entrepreneurs through the process of sales or acquisitions, help draft letters of intent, draft contracts, verify trademarks, and review contracts and agreements with buyers and sellers.
  • Small business lawyers can also help you settle litigations. If former employees elect to sue for any reason, such as for discrimination, you may not be equipped to handle the suit on your own. A small business lawyer can help you resolve a situation like this.
  • Additionally, they can help you distinguish protocols in advance to prevent future litigations from occurring or escalating.
  • They can help you set up labor rules in advance to ensure that none of your employees face discrimination.
  • They can also help set up proper sexual harassment prevention training to help avoid disastrous suits down the road.
  • A small business lawyer can offer legal counsel and help you avoid common small business pitfalls that can eventually cost you money.

Different Types of Small Business Lawyers

There are six different types of small business lawyers who can help you with your business. Depending on your needs, one may be better suited to your business than others. Here is everything you need to know about the different types of small business lawyers:

  • General lawyer: This type of small business lawyer can help you with various legal tasks, such as filing business documentation, drafting contracts, and developing internal business policies that are unique to your business. This is generally a good start for a new business, especially a very small one. You can count on this type of attorney to help with most legal matters, including contracts and agreements.
  • Labor lawyer: As your team of employees grows, it can help to have a lawyer who specializes in labor laws. They can ensure you follow all state and federal regulations, create employee manuals, ensure proper training, and develop the correct plan for letting employees go. Here is a link to more information about employment contracts.
  • Tax attorney: A tax attorney, or certified public accountant (CPA), can help you file income taxes, fill out financial documentation for the government, and complete your annual audit. As your company grows, a tax attorney will become increasingly important to have.
  • Contract lawyer: If your business involves creating contracts for your clients, you may want to consult with a contract attorney. There are thousands of online templates for contracts that you can use for free. However, these generic contracts may leave out important finite details that could cost you in the long run. A contract lawyer can help ensure that all of your contracts are legally binding and serve to protect both you and your clients properly.
  • Intellectual property lawyer: If your business is seeking trademarks or patents, you should consider consulting with an intellectual property lawyer. Many laws surround the applications of patents and trademarks, and rules can vary by state. To ensure you and your products are protected, an intellectual property lawyer is a great asset to have.
  • Mergers and acquisitions lawyer: Small businesses that are just starting out can probably forego a lawyer who specializes in this area. However, if your company is booming and you get the option to buy or acquire more assets, you should definitely consult with a mergers and acquisitions lawyer first. This will ensure you and your business are protected and not being overcharged. This is a more complex sector of law, so it is strongly recommended to seek legal counsel before moving ahead with any acquisitions.

Get Free Bids to Compare

Leverage our network of lawyers, request free bids, and find the right lawyer for the job.

Get Bids Now

When Do You Need a Small Business Lawyer?

Here are some situations in which a small business lawyer can be a huge asset to your growing company:

  • Business violation complaints filed by the government
  • Lawsuits from customers
  • Patents and trademarks
  • Employee discrimination suits or other lawsuits from current or former employees
  • Negotiating on your behalf during merger and acquisition sales
  • Completing proper financial audits
  • Developing shareholder agreements
  • Creating contracts and agreements for the company
  • Handling an IRS audit

Read this article to help you decide whether a small business lawyer could help your business.

What You Can Do Without a Small Business Lawyer

While a small business lawyer can be beneficial, there are still some areas that small business owners can operate on their own without legal counsel. Here are some examples:

  • Developing a business plan
  • Hiring employees
  • Applying for all relevant licenses and permits required by state and federal law
  • Running the business

There are many things that you can do to save money on legal counsel when you are first starting out. However, it's important to remember that it will always cost you less to prevent legal troubles than to settle them in the future. It is often worth it to invest in legal counsel early on so that you can be sure your company is on the path to success.

How to Hire a Small Business Lawyer

Before hiring a small business lawyer, it's important to evaluate your legal needs. You should aim to hire a lawyer whose background and expertise are compatible with your business goals. You can also meet with several types of lawyers to help figure out which is best suited to your business. Here is a webpage to help you find small business lawyers in your area.

What to Ask Your Small Business Lawyer Before Your Hire Them

If you are considering meeting with a small business lawyer, here are some questions you can ask them to see if they are a good fit for you:

  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • Do you work with many small businesses in our industry?
  • How can you help us grow and develop our business?
  • What can you do that we can't do for ourselves?
  • How often can we turn to you for legal counsel?
  • Are there any areas of our small business that you are unfamiliar with?

Hire a Small Business Lawyer Today

Hiring a small business lawyer can be a great choice for your business. As with anything else, it's important to ensure that you're making the most of your investment by hiring the appropriate lawyer for your needs. If you aren't sure what type of small business lawyer you should work with, schedule a consultation with a few different lawyers in your area to see how they can assist you.

How ContractsCounsel Works
Hiring a lawyer on ContractsCounsel is easy, transparent and affordable.
1. Post a Free Project
Complete our 4-step process to provide info on what you need done.
2. Get Bids to Review
Receive flat-fee bids from lawyers in our marketplace to compare.
3. Start Your Project
Securely pay to start working with the lawyer you select.

Meet some of our Lawyers

Charlton M. on ContractsCounsel
View Charlton
5.0 (6)
Member Since:
September 19, 2022

Charlton M.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Dallas, TX
9 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
University of St. Thomas School of Law

Charlton Messer helps businesses and their owners with general counsel and contract drafting services. He has helped over 500 businesses with their legal needs across a variety of industries in nearly a decade of practice.

Justin K. on ContractsCounsel
View Justin
5.0 (3)
Member Since:
September 22, 2022

Justin K.

Freelance Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Valencia, CA
20 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA
University of Southern California School of Law

I have been practicing law exclusively in the areas of business and real estate transactions since joining the profession in 2003. I began my career in the Corporate/Finance department of Sidley's Los Angeles office. I am presently a solo practitioner/freelancer, and service both business- and attorney-clients in those roles.

Max L. on ContractsCounsel
View Max
Member Since:
September 18, 2022

Max L.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL
The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Hi there. My practice focuses on several aspects of business law, including business entity formation and organizational documents, trademark and copyright, tax disputes, and contracts. I work with quite a few creative entrepreneurs, such as photographers, artists, and musicians.

Erdal T. on ContractsCounsel
View Erdal
Member Since:
September 15, 2022

Erdal T.

Owner, CEO and Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New Jersey
17 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, NY
New York Law School

Erdal Turnacioglu of Erdal Employment Law focuses on providing employment solutions to both employees and businesses, whether through litigation, review of employee handbooks, workplace investigations, or training seminars.

Dan "Dragan" I. on ContractsCounsel
View Dan "Dragan"
Member Since:
September 21, 2022

Dan "Dragan" I.

Managing Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Chicago, Illinois
24 Yrs Experience
Licensed in IL
University of Illinois College of Law

I received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1996 and then got my JD at University of Illinois College of Law where in 1999. I have been a lawyer helping people with legal issues in the United States and Internationally since then. I am currently licensed and authorized to practice before the Illinois courts and the United States’ District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Internationally I am one of a select few American attorneys licensed and authorized to practice before the United Nations ICTY/IRMCT, the International Criminal Court, and the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Clients have retained me internationally to alongside local counsel in several European countries, as well as Australia and Africa in private legal matters. I also have been appointed by the United Nations to represent persons at the ICTY/IRMCT in addition to being chosen by indigent accused to represent them. Since 2009 my own law firm has handled domestic and international cases, including Trial litigation (including Commercial, Premises Liability, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, and General Litigation), as well as Transactional work (Contracts, Corporate formation, and Real Estate Transactions). I have been honored for my work by my peers who voted for me, and I served as President of the ADC-ICT (the Official Bar Association of Practitioners before the UN ICTY and UN IRMCT in The Hague) previously, and now am serving a term on the Executive Board. I also am elected to serve key roles in the ICCBA (that is the bar association at the International Criminal Court in The Hague). I enjoy helping less experienced practitioners and students evolve and improve. I served as an instructor/lecturer on Oral Advocacy and Trial Practice for the participants of the ADC-ICT & ICLB Mock Trial since 2014, and has presented Advocacy Training lectures for the ADC-ICT on several topics as well as regularly lecturing to visiting University and Bar groups from around the world. If you or a loved one have a legal matter of importance, let's see if I can help you with it!

Tina T. on ContractsCounsel
View Tina
Member Since:
October 1, 2022

Tina T.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
New Mexico
1 Yr Experience
Licensed in NM
Arizona Summit Law School

I am a New Mexico licensed attorney with many years of world experience in real estate, transactional law, social security disability law, immigration law, consumer law, and estate planning.

Brent W. on ContractsCounsel
View Brent
Member Since:
December 27, 2022

Brent W.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Atlanta, GA
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in GA
Cumberland School of Law

Brent has been in practice since 2007 and been the principal attorney and owner of The Walker Firm, LLC since 2014. Brent focuses on providing an array of general counsel services to individuals and companies in a variety of industries.

Sarah S. on ContractsCounsel
View Sarah
Member Since:
September 22, 2022

Sarah S.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Oklahoma
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in OK
University of Tulsa College of Law

I have a background in Criminal Law, Family Law, Contract Law, and Environmental Law. I also have five (5) degrees in the following: Here are my degrees and background: 1) B.S. in Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences 2) A.S. in Pre-Medical Sciences (anatomy, physiology, medical terminology) 3) A.S. in Aircraft Non-Destructive Inspection (science of x-rays, cracks in metal, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle inspections, ultrasonic inspections, and spectrophotometric oil analysis) 4) Master's in Natural Resources Law Studies (1 year focus in the environmental and pollution laws (Hazardous Waste Laws such as RCRA, CERCLA, FIFRA, Natural Resource laws such as ESA, CWA, CAA, FWPCA, Environmental Law, Sustainable Development, and Global Climate Change issues) 5) Juris Doctor and certificate in Native American Law

James G. on ContractsCounsel
View James
Member Since:
September 22, 2022

James G.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Glendale, Arizona
8 Yrs Experience
Licensed in AZ
Arizona Summit School of Law

I am a lawyer in Glendale, Arizona. I have practiced in contract work including buy/sell agreements, contracts for the purchase of goods and services and real estate. I also practice in bankruptcy law and sports and entertainment law.

Gregory D. on ContractsCounsel
View Gregory
Member Since:
September 30, 2022

Gregory D.

Attorney at Law
Free Consultation
Get Free Proposal
Wake Forest, NC
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NC
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University

Gregory S. Davis is a native of New York and is a graduate of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Bowie State University. Prior to entering the practice of law, Greg was a Trust officer for one of the largest U.S. Banks, an adjunct professor of finance at Meredith College and a Series 7 licensed financial advisor. Greg is currently the owner of The Law Office of Gregory S. Davis, PLLC (gsdavislaw.com) focusing on Estate Planning, Real Estate and Business Law. Greg is also an adjunct professor of Business Law at Wake Tech.

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call