This was originally published on The Huffington Post: Small Business.
It can be dreadfully difficult to be a small business owner these days. Often you’re a one-person shop, and it can seem like a handful of full-time jobs just to keep up with your legal responsibilities on top of everything else. Unfortunately, one of the easiest ways to land yourself in a nightmarish scenario is not knowing what you don’t know — or worse, acting upon false assumptions about the law and your business. If you haven’t already, sit down with a lawyer and a bowl of Halloween candy to define a legal strategy for your business. Being proactive about your legal needs now can save you a lot of time, money, and boo! moments down the road.
Myth: You never need to consult with an attorney when making “simple” contracts.
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, a written contract can be broken in many ways. For example, courts can declare a contract not binding if it wasn’t created adequately or contains terms that are illegal. Although it may seem appealing to hurry through your contract creation process, a great way to be sure that your contracts are legally enforceable is to consult with an attorney. With services like Ask A Lawyer, you can talk to an attorney at any step of the process. A good lawyer will make sure that your contract isn’t full of legal gobbledygook that might scare off potential vendors and partners, and help you minimize fears of disputes and litigation. Attorneys aren’t just a necessary evil to use as a last resort, so don’t be skittish…
Happy Halloween from the Rocket Lawyer Team!
Read about the other three scariest legal myths for your small business on The Huffington Post: Small Business.