Posted on January 11, 2007
Filed Under (Advice) by jennifer

Many small business owners (and larger business owners, too) feel that lawyers are a necessary evil: can’t do business with ’em, can’t do business without ’em — but boy would I love to not have to pay those hefty attorney fees.

Now, however, thanks to a handful of websites offering legal assistance, small business owners can get basic legal help in areas such as business formation, employment agreements and contracts, and protecting intellectual property and inventions at a fraction of the cost of hiring an attorney.

As the Small Business Administration explains in its online Small Business Planner, “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.”

To learn more about where to find good, reliable legal assistance online, check out my article, “Get Basic Legal Help without a Lawyer,” on SmallBusinessComputing.com. There you can read about sites like Nolo and LegalZoom and FindLaw, all backed by attorneys, that are doing for legal matters what sites like WebMD have done for medical issues.

NOTE: While these sites offer legal advice and services, they are no substitute for hiring an attorney. So before you decide to go the do-it-yourself route, ask yourself: Can I really do this myself? By the way, if you are being sued, the answer is NO.

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prepaid legal business on 19 July, 2010 at 3:27 am #

In general I actually do not post on blogs, nonetheless I would like to convey that this article actually compelled me to take some action! really nice post.

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