Why Essential In-house counsel
The vast majority of small businesses don't have the means to hire a full time in house counsel. But, with the Virtual Attorney's Essential In-House Counsel services you can ensure that you have a lawyer available when you need one.
Are you ready to start your business but don’t know how to get started?
Have you ever worried about whether you’re exposing your business to unnecessary liability by signing a vendor provided contract?
Are you worried about whether you’re doing everything you’re responsible for doing as a Corporation or LLC?
Are you concerned that someone else might try to use your business’s name or copy your product to compete with you?
Are you looking to lease an office or warehouse or are you about to take on a new investor?
Whether you’re starting a brand new business and operating on a shoestring budget or you’ve been in business for a while, The Virtual Attorney’s Essential In-House representation for your small business takes the stress of your company’s legal needs off your shoulders and allows you to focus your energy on growing your business.
Flexible options are available in a manageable pay-as-you-go monthly format. You pay for as much or as little as you need. The more hours you purchase up-front, the better discount you receive off of traditional hourly rates. Typically attorneys charge by the hour for work done and as a client it’s easy to be taken by surprise at the total cost when the invoice arrives. Not knowing legal costs upfront can be extremely stressful. With The Virtual Attorney’s Essential In-House Counsel you’ll know from the start what you’re purchasing and avoid being surprised with a bill based on a “through-the-roof” hourly rate at the end.
New to Entrepreneurship?
I understand the budgetary constraints of any new business and I’m committed to working with you to find an arrangement that works. Working with an attorney doesn’t have to break the bank. Let me handle the legal aspects of getting your business off the ground so that you can focus on building your business.
After an initial strategy session I’ll lay out some options based on your needs and your budget that will give you the legal help your business needs. Most importantly, I’ll share what I know about starting a new business, because after all, like any other business, the Virtual Attorney started as just an idea.
Need a Lawyer for Your Established Business?
If you have been in business for a while, you know the importance of having an attorney by your side that knows how to protect what you’ve spent so much time and energy building.
A good business attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and liability.
If you are being sued, it's too late. Most small businesses put off hiring a lawyer until the sheriff is standing at the door serving them with a summons. Bad mistake. The time to hook up with a good business lawyer is before you are sued. Once you have been served with a summons and complaint, it's too late--the problem has already occurred, and it's just a question of how much you will have to pay (in court costs, attorneys' fees, settlements and other expenses) to get the problem resolved.
You need an attorney with an eye towards helping you grow your business, protect your interests and limit your liability, and that’s exactly what the Virtual Attorney will do.
Here are some of the legal needs I can handle for you:
Business entity formation – From personal liability to taxation issues, structuring your business entity is an important consideration for any owner. I can take an in-depth look at your business operations and goals and explore ways to help minimize your exposure and maximize your flexibility.
Contracts – whether between your company and your employees, clients, vendors, partners or anyone else with whom you do business you need an attorney who understands your business that can prepare form contracts for mass use in your operations or draft and negotiate unique contracts with vendors and customers that are most beneficial to your business.
Manage your intellectual property – Protection of intellectual property ensures that no one else will be able to capitalize on your hard work by using your products, brand or goodwill. I can help you protect your intellectual property by securing trademark, copyright and patent rights and other intellectual property transactions. Due to the very specialized nature of Intellectual Property Law, in the event that we find a complex area of concern, I can coordinate with an expert in the field to ensure proper measures are taken.
Assist you with a business sale or purchase - From taking on a new investor to purchasing a brick-and-mortar business I can assist in the drafting and review of appropriate documentation for any transaction and I will advise you on the potential issues that will come with any decision you ultimately make.
Advise on tax registrations, filings and compliance issues – While your accountant will prepare and file your returns, I will advise on the appropriate steps necessary to register your business for any federal and state tax ID numbers, and work closely with your accountant to ensure that we’re working to minimize any negative tax consequences of any transactions in which your business will engage.
Research licensure requirements, regulatory and compliance issues. – Licenses and permits vary greatly by profession and location. I will ensure that all of your registrations are current and that you are complying with all professional and local requirements to do business. As you expand, I’ll continue to ensure that your operations remain compliant with federal, state and local laws.
Ensure compliance with corporate formalities – The selection of an appropriate business entity can ensure that you are protected from unnecessary liability, including personal liability for business debts and lawsuits. However, in order to do so, it’s important to comply with legal requirements that govern your chosen entity. Failure to do so could lead to the very liability you’ve worked so hard to shield yourself from. I’ll focus on ensuring all the legal formalities of doing business are being met so that you can focus entirely on growing your business.
Small Business Packages
The Virtual Attorney’s Essential In-House Counsel small business packages are designed to include all the different legal services and support your company will need throughout the year. That means rather than shelling out large lump sums of money every time your company has a legal need, your legal fees will be spread out throughout the year. You’ll pay a predictable, flat monthly fee and have an attorney who knows your business well and is available to you for all of your legal needs. That includes any legal questions you have, whenever you have them.
Strategy Sessions and Weekly Check-Ins
Strategy Sessions give you the opportunity to connect with the Virtual Attorney to discuss your latest plans, obtain advice and deal with any legal issues that come up throughout the year. They can be scheduled at times that are convenient to you and your decision-making team and can be conducted by teleconference or video conference, or, depending on your location, in person at your place of business. Weekly Check-Ins give you a weekly opportunity to bounce any ideas off of me or ask any questions you may have about a specific course of action that you’re considering.
Preferred Pricing on Additional Legal Services
As an Essential In-House Counsel client, you’ll receive preferred pricing on other legal services from the Virtual Attorney, including additional business law services and estate planning services to protect your family and assets.