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Frequently Asked Questions

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How is a business attorney different from other lawyers?

For many people, a lawyer is someone whom they seek only when they get into legal trouble and will likely involve some type of court proceeding or litigation.  For example, if you were arrested for a crime, hurt in an accident, contemplating a divorce or considering bankruptcy- that's when you would typically think of a lawyer.  A business attorney, on the other hand, is someone crucial to proactively advising you on how to prevent legal issues from arising, minimize risk, protect your assets, take advantage of available legal enforcements, create opportunities, explore funding options, put estate planning in place, etc.  Thus, it is best to form a positive and continuing relationship with a qualified business attorney as soon as possible.  So, contact Guidance Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule a preliminary consultation with a qualified business attorney.

Why should I consult with a business attorney?

Business and legal issues are invariably intertwined, so consultation with a qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C. can be critical to the success of your business.  When selecting a business attorney, you should consider the extent of the attorney's business background and understanding of business issues (e.g., has he/she operated a business, does he/she have an advanced business degree, is he/she active in the business community, etc.).  The bottom line:  Contact Guidance Law Firm, P.C. to speak with a qualified business attorney.

How do I know if I have a legal issue?

There is an old saying:  “You don’t know what you don’t know.”  The best approach to determining if you have any potential business legal issues, is to consult a qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C.  The best time to consult your business attorney is BEFORE problems arise, because your business attorney may be able to identify potential legal problems and help you take measures to prevent such problems.  On the other hand, if you procrastinate until the problems occur, it may be too late and your only option may be damage control.  Better to be safe than sorry and consult Guidance Law Firm, P.C. today.

Do you offer free legal consultations?

As another old saying goes:  "The only thing free is the cheese in the mouse trap."  Don't be fooled by gimmicks- many free consultations are merely a sales pitch to hook you on a product or service that may be overpriced and doesn't necessarily meet your needs.  So, in order to obtain valuable and substantive legal counsel about your specific matter, you may conveniently schedule a preliminary consultation through this firm's on-line appointment scheduler at an affordable price.

Do I still need a business attorney if I can find forms and advice for what I think I need on-line?

The use of sample legal forms or agreements without direct legal consultation can be very dangerous.  Legal forms and agreements are rarely suitable for a “one size fits all” application.  The form or agreement may contain provisions that are not applicable to or may even conflict with your actual situation.  Furthermore, the form or agreement may be missing pertinent provisions needed to address specific issues of your situation.  A qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C. can consult with you to determine and draft the appropriate documents for your situation, as well as explain to you the legal consequences of the various provisions (so that you actually know what you are signing).

Can't I form a corporation or LLC on my own?

Forming a corporation or limited liability company is much more than filing a form with the State Corporation Commission.  The most important aspect of forming such an entity is that you do it “correctly and completely.”  Otherwise, you could jeopardize the limited liability afforded by setting up an entity, encounter unfavorable tax consequences or other unintended results.  For those reasons, it is imperative that you consult a qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C. to properly form your corporation or limited liability company.

Can a start-up or small business with a limited budget afford your legal fees?

Guidance Law Firm, P.C. rates for legal services are very competitive and affordable for start-ups and small businesses.  Also, credit cards are accepted for the payment of legal services, which allows you to pay off the charged amount over time.  Even if you think you can’t afford a business attorney, the reality is that “you can’t afford NOT TO” consult with a qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C. to protect yourself and your business.  Forgoing the expense of professional legal consultation needed for your business on the front end may be “pennywise, but ultimately pound foolish.”

Why is meeting with a lawyer often an intimidating encounter?

When you meet with a qualified business attorney at Guidance Law Firm, P.C., special care is taken to make you feel comfortable and at ease.  You are encouraged to ask questions and treated with the utmost respect.  Rest assured, there’s no need to be intimated when you call Guidance Law Firm, P.C.


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