The constant whirlwind of excitement and activity surrounding the launch of your startup can leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can get so focused on the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of getting your operation up and running that you neglect some of your company's most vital legal components. Because you're so busy and likely not generating much revenue during the startup phase, it may be tempting to try to handle everything on your own and not seek out the support of a business lawyer.
You may be wondering why you need to hire a lawyer to help you run your company. This is true today when you can access just about every conceivable legal document online for cheap from the countless online do-it-yourself document services. But without the guidance and support of trusted legal counsel, you're likely not aware of all the ways your business is leaking money, putting yourself and your family at risk, and possibly limiting the positive impact you have on the lives of your clients.
Too many start-ups fail to make the transition from idea to execution or encounter major setbacks along the way. In the midst of developing your growing start-up, don’t make the common mistake of disregarding tedious, but vital tasks such as making sure all your legal, insurance, financial, and tax ducks are in a row. Establishing a solid legal system can help you avoid costly mistakes and save time and stress down the road.
Don't let what happened to Bob Ross's family happen to yours. If you own a business, it's crucial to put in place an effective estate plan and should be properly coordinated with your business agreements to ensure that all of your wealth and assets will be passed on to your loved ones in the event of your death or incapacity. Failure to do this could lead them in the same situation as Bob's son, Steve, who's left with nothing, while the business built by his father continues to earn every year.
Bob Ross's philosophy in both painting and life was that there "were no mistakes in life… just happy little accidents." Sadly, as detailed in the recent Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed, Bob's failure to coordinate his business agreements with his estate plan was anything but happy, leaving his only son unable to benefit from his father's fame and fortune. His planning failures have led to an ugly court battle between his former business partners and his family.
Growing your small business can be tricky. In fact, rapid growth can actually harm your company if you don't plan properly. And, even if you've implemented processes, technology, and outsourcing to deliver your core product or service and maximize growth efficiently, your company is still at risk if it doesn't have effective legal, insurance, tax, and financial (LIFT) systems. In fact, without solid LIFT systems, your business is just one accident, audit, or lawsuit away from ruin.
Hiring independent contractors (ICs) can be an essential way to boost productivity and streamline your resources, especially during the startup phase, when you have limited access to capital and can't afford to hire a full roster of employees. Even after your operation grows beyond its fledgling period, contractors are often vital for completing one-off projects or rounding out your team during hectic periods.
The entire process to register your trademark often takes many months and sometimes over a year to complete. So if you see a service promising to trademark your brand in mere minutes or even that same day, that’s a big red flag. Working with an experienced lawyer to support and advise you throughout the registration process is the best thing to protect your business. But if you decide to take the DIY route, at least now you know some of the warning signs to watch for to avoid getting scammed.
When launching a new business, securing appropriate legal protection for your company's intellectual property (IP) is your top priority. Since you're just getting your company up and running, finding a much reasonable priced trademark registration service is the best. But with so many trademark services out there and with all types of DIY legal services you find online, you should approach web-based trademark registration services with extreme caution.
The success of your business also depends on how good your business attorney is. Hiring a skilled attorney is a critical part of your business advisory team to provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business and help you handle legal tasks that protect you from costly legal issues down the road. Finding the right attorney can be challenging, especially if you do not know what to look for but these tips will help you choose the one that is a good match for you.