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Why Businesses Need Legal Representation

Posted on 26 November 2017 by sam

Why Businesses Need Legal Representation

The “Law and Order” television franchise has provided hours of entertainment to millions, in addition to providing jobs for thousands of struggling actors in the New York City. But what’s entertaining isn’t always accurate. On TV shows, you typically see attorneys in the middle of a crowded courtroom, banging the table and shouting things like “I object!” In real life, things are rarely that dramatic, even in criminal court. For one thing, the vast majority of criminal cases are plead out without ever going to trial. For another thing, most judges don’t tolerate yelling in their courtrooms, regardless of whether the person yelling is a lawyer in a suit or a suspect in handcuffs.

There’s a whole world of lawyers who don’t spend much time in a courtroom, though. If they do, it’s way more likely to be because of a civil suit rather than a criminal one. Almost every business of halfway decent size has an attorney that represents them. There are multiple reasons for that.

Navigating regulatory structures

Every business has to comply with at least some city, state, and even federal regulations. That’s true regardless of if you’re running a food truck that sells cupcakes or a gas production company that produces certain contaminants. Opening up a business without being aware of the rules and regulations is a very bad idea. That’s especially true in newer industries where the rules aren’t always as clear as we’d like.

Take the legal marijuana industry. Over the last few years, more and more states have decided to allow the sale of medical and/or recreational marijuana. That’s great news for people who like pot, regardless of if they’re using it for pain relief or just to get high. But the states aren’t just saying, “Well, pot is legal now. Have fun with it, guys!” They’re setting up complicated regulatory structures that have to be navigated properly. Think of it like a maze where one wrong turn means a dead end. If you can afford to open up a medical marijuana shop, you should also be able to hire a knowledgeable attorney who will help you come up with a medical marijuana business plan. If you can’t pass a background check, then there’s no way the state is going to give you a license to open a pot shop. A good attorney will be able to tell you whether or not your DUI from fifteen years ago will disqualify you.

Responding to civil suits

If you deal with the public, then there’s a very good chance that someone will threaten to sue you for some perceived wrongdoing that may or may not have any merit. You should shut down the conversation the minute a person says, “I’m going to call my lawyer.” Then you should make a phone call to your own business lawyer. Your attorney will know that the majority of people who threaten to sue are just blowing smoke, but they can still start to prepare themselves just in case.

A civil lawsuit can be devastating for your company, even if you have insurance that helps soften the blow. Your attorney can tell you if you should settle or take the case to trial. You may feel like settling is admitting wrongdoing, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s a way to put the whole thing behind you and move on with your life and your business.