Handle Legal Concerns


It makes good business sense to know how to handle legal issues that impact your business. Not all legal matters require a lawyer, but they do require understanding. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself and your business is to know where to go for assistance. 

  • Consumer's Guide To Legal Help On The Internet
    Link to an ABA guide on legal help for the consumer.
  • ABA Lawyer Referral Service 
    Find a lawyer in your state who's prepared to help you. 
  • Tips On Hiring An Attorney
    One of the best ways to find the right lawyer for your business is to ask people you trust for referrals. Presented by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
  • Your State Bar Association
    Link to the American Bar Association's guide to finding bar associations in your state.
  • Fees And Expenses
    It is important to negotiate legal fees when first visiting a lawyer. You have a right to know how you will be charged, how much the case is likely to cost, and when you have to pay. Additionally, it is important to get a fee agreement in writing. Typical fee arrangements include: hourly fees calculated by multiplying the amount of hours an attorney works on your case by an agreed upon hourly rate, a fixed predetermined rate for the attorney's work, and a percentage of any judgment amount awarded to you.
  • Small Claims Court 
    Small Claims Court is usually the best option if the size of the case doesn't justify the cost of hiring a lawyer.
  • International Center For Dispute Resolution (ICDR) 
    A resource for business, organizations, government agencies, and communities seeking to manage human relations issues and harmonize relationships that threaten productivity and performance, especially in the workplace. The ICDR respects individual interests and needs, promotes effective communications, and restores relationships through alternative dispute resolution, education, training, and learning programs.
  • Arbitration
    Arbitration provides a quicker and less expensive method to resolving disputes.
  • Plain English Guide To Contracts
    Simple, easy explanation about contracts.
  • Legal FAQs
    Answers to common questions about the legal aspects of running a business.
  • Hiring A Lawyer FAQs
    Commonly asked questions about hiring a lawyer.
  • SCORE Legal Questions
    Legal questions regarding business as answered by the SCORE organization.