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There are a myriad of things to consider when you manage your own small business but is having a lawyer one of them? If you haven’t stopped to think about what “might” go wrong then you really need to assess your level of risk and make an informed decision about whether legal advice is something you need to pursue. Below are just some of the aspects of business that may require legal advice.
To register your trademark/patent or to protect your name/idea.
When you venture into business ownership it’s likely because you’ve had a great idea you want to pursue. But have you considered protecting that idea so that others don’t copy you after you’ve done all the hard work? What about your super cool business name you’ve thought of?
It is really wise to seek legal advice about how to trademark your name and ideas. It is often a complicated process doing it yourself and lawyers such as Firths the Compensation Lawyers will be able to offer you advice on how to proceed.
To help guide you through an income protection claim.
You may have had the need to file an income protection claim if you’ve been injured/incapacitated at your place of work or maybe a staff member has filed one against you. Whatever the scenario, such claims are not always straightforward and you may face difficulties with your insurance coverage and the extent to which they are willing to cover you. A specialist lawyer will be able to navigate you through such claims.
You will encounter many different professionals during the life of your business and you will likely pay most of them for their advice. Sometimes that advice may not work out to be in your best interests and could in fact end up being quite damaging to your business – you may lose money, clients or your reputation. What do you do?
A lawyer will be able to offer advice and guidance on how to proceed with a professional negligence claim. There are standards required by law that professionals must meet and whether it is an accountant, financial advisor, solicitor or other professional, consulting a specialist like Firths will give you your best chance at compensation success.
To draft your Terms and Conditions (T’s and C’s) for your site.
Website terms and conditions are often needed to structure the relationship between the site or mobile app operator and its users. This will protect you in the event users are abusing your site/app in the form of spam or inappropriate content etc.
T’s and C’s may perform a number of more specific roles such as granting user rights to use your website or app materials, defining intellectual property guidelines, outlining acceptable standards of use guidelines and to attempt to limit liabilities in case of content errors. When it comes to digital content, it always pays to know your rights and responsibilities and to set them out for users to see.
To draft your contracts with suppliers, clients, staff etc.
Owning your own business means you will engage a range of suppliers to help you get the job done and you may also take on additional staff. In order to protect yourself and your business it is vital that you set clear terms of business from the onset.
A specialist lawyer can help you word these guidelines so that the expectations of the working agreement are defined and legally correct. You may also need to do these for clients so that they know what to expect from your business and vice versa. This way there are no grey areas should something go wrong.
Lawyers can offer you a range of services you may not have considered when you first started out in business. When it comes to things like negligence, contracts and protection for your assets and your brand, engaging a specialist lawyer is probably one of the smartest decisions you will make for your business and your peace of mind.