You may have already noticed that here at Stafford Law Firm we do things a bit differently. We do our best to avoid the legalese and our aim is to make you as confident as possible throughout the legal process. We know firsthand what goes into owning a business – because we’ve been there.
We are entrepreneurs and small business owners just like you. We know the time and energy that goes into starting, growing, and maintaining a business that leaves a mark on the world.
You’re excited about your business and proud of the work that you do. We’re here to help.
In order for you to fully understand how we set ourselves apart, it is important to know what you would expect if you were to work with a traditional business lawyer.
From what we have seen (and experienced ourselves) it is not uncommon for a business owner to have a seriously lackluster relationship with their lawyer. If you were to work with a traditional business lawyer, you can expect to have an experience that more or less sticks to the following playbook.
You find a lawyer who seems smart and capable, and based on their rapid-fire legalese, they appear to know what they are doing. You’ll nod along to their questions and answer the short questions they ask you. You know you should incorporate your business, so you have your lawyer draw up the documents and you go ahead and sign them.
Later, you’ll get back to your office, put your copy of the documents in a special folder, and with a sigh of relief you’ll check off “business formation documents” on your to-do list. But now what? Chances are you won’t think twice about your business lawyer – until something happens.
Maybe one day you hear about a change in tax law, but without having a relationship with your lawyer, you are unaware of how this law impacts your business. Or even worse, what if you are facing an employee lawsuit or client complaint? Without the proper legal strategies in place, and without proper records being kept, a situation like this has the potential to be devastating to a small business.
On average the IRS performs audits on unincorporated businesses upwards of 5-7 times more often than incorporated entities. It appears as though the IRS believes that any business not set up correctly, probably does not pay their taxes correctly either.
Starting a business with a rock-solid foundation is the best way to make sure that you have the strength and space needed to grow. A business lawyer dedicated to building long-lasting relationships with their clients will ensure you always have a partner to depend on.
What sets us apart from the other business lawyers you may be speaking with, is that we are built to help nurture your business’s needs. Even if your business does not need (or cannot afford) an in-house general counsel, does not mean that your business doesn’t need some kind of legal support and counsel. We are here to be that support.
We know that as a business owner you have a lot on your plate. Your business is growing and in order to keep up, you are looking to make things as easy and efficient as possible. You want to feel confident that all of the little details have been taken care of so that you can focus on the big picture and always have your eyes on the future..
We have created a system of strategic ongoing support in order to make sure you have access to the legal assistance your business needs in order to grow with meaning and continue on your path towards a serious profit.
When you need help, you shouldn’t have to worry about what it will cost you to reach out with a simple question. We encourage all of our clients to get in contact with us whenever they feel the need. Our fee structure ensures that you will not pay exorbitant fees anytime you have a simple request.
Whenever you find yourself needing to reach out to our office, you can be sure you won’t need to wait for hours or days in order to get a response. Here at Stafford Law Firm, we pride ourselves on being easily accessible and on responding to all client inquiries as soon as possible.
If you happen to need a more thorough call regarding legal or strategic issues, we will happily set up a time as soon as available in order to discuss your questions. We never want you to be stuck in a loop of voicemails and phone tag – especially when something requires immediate attention.
The fact of the matter is, as a business owner, you will need a lawyer at some point or another. When something does come up, you will be grateful to have a trusted partner who already has an in-depth understanding of your business and your values. We’re here to advise you no matter what situation you may find yourself in. Reach out today for a free consultation.
When starting a business, you will likely find that there are a ton of moving parts. Most small business owners are working with a very small support system and as such, navigating the legal aspects can be incredibly challenging without previous legal experience. A business lawyer will be able to make sure your business is set up in a way that protects you and your future.
Technically, an LLC can be formed without the assistance of an attorney. That being said, unless you have a legal background it is most advisable to work with a lawyer for your business formation. Forming a business is an intricate process and any mistakes can cause serious problems down the road – a lawyer will be able to help you avoid these mistakes while also making sure all of your ducks are in a row.
Hiring a business lawyer is a big decision. You want to make sure that your attorney has the experience and knowledge necessary to help you through any business challenges you may face. When talking with potential lawyers, here are a few questions that you can ask in order to get to know them better: