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Is hiring an attorney for my small business expensive?

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Business Law, Entrepreneurial Law |

The idea of hiring a business attorney can be overwhelming for many small businesses, especially when it comes to cost. It is a common misconception that hiring a business attorney will result in significant legal bills. However, this is not necessarily true.

Is a business attorney expensive?

Business attorneys offer different pricing models depending on their expertise, scope of work, and the client’s needs. Examples of pricing models include:

  • Hourly rates
  • Flat fees
  • Contingency fees

Why it may be wise to consider having an attorney

Many small business owners believe they only need a business attorney if they encounter a legal problem. However, that is not true. Prevention is always better than cure, and businesses can avoid legal issues by having a business attorney.

Hiring a business attorney to review contracts and advise you on legal compliance is wise in the long run. This is because many unforeseen legal problems can arise in small businesses. This proactive approach can save you money in the long run by avoiding costly court battles.

Evaluating cost versus value

While hiring a business attorney may seem unnecessary for a small business owner, it is critical to consider the value they can bring to your business. Legal expertise, advising on compliance, and helping you protect your business from liability are just a few ways an attorney can provide cost-effective value.

Small businesses often wonder whether they should contact a business attorney early on and set up an arrangement with one for their legal needs. Business owners often fear that doing this will be costly. However, they often forget to weigh the cost of not having a business attorney ready to help them versus the value of having one.

Taking a proactive approach to legal compliance is intelligent and better for all small businesses because it will ensure your business is safe and protected against potential lawsuits. It will also give you peace of mind knowing you have someone to turn to in case of legal issues.