Friday, January 22, 2010

Tips to choose law firm for small business

Tips to choose law firm for small business

Tips to choose law firm for small business

Author: Amalendu Hajraa

Most of the corporate and large corporations have in house legal counsel to support them in different legal requirements. But in case of small business this might not happen because of several reasons like size of business, amount of capital invested etc. Thus, small business turns to law firms when any kind of legal assistance is required. There are many law firms that offer required legal support and advice to small business as and when required.

Things to consider while choosing law firm for small business

At present there are series of law firms who offer their legal support and advise them from time to time. But the question is how to select law firm for small business? Below are few tips provided that can surely help you in selecting law firm that you are looking for your business.

Understand your business field: Before you hire law firm, it is extremely important to understand your business field. Unlike corporate or large corporations the legal requirement of small business is limited to certain specific field. Thus, the first step involves in understanding your business field.

Narrow your search: Based on your business field narrow your search and look for law firms that deal with your field of business like employment, labor law, commercial collections, copyright, trademark etc. Look for firms who offer their legal service and support from small to medium sized business. This is because they can understand your problem better and provide you with accurate legal advice and support.

Check the background: This is the third step that you must consider while choosing your law firm. Check the background of the site by visiting their site. It will also help you in understanding the kind of legal service they provide. Don’t forget to check out the client testimonial helping to give you a clear picture of their position in market. In this connection look for a law firm who hire law graduates from good law schools in the field of business law.

Ask for reference: Another way to find law firm is to ask friends, colleagues and relatives. Especially to those who have experience in seeking legal help from law firms. But make sure that reference they provide match with your field of business.

Cost and affordability: Enquire the cost of the firm and see whether it is fitting to your budget or not. But, most of the time this aspect hardly becomes an issue. Small business lawyers are very much aware of the stiff competitive market and hence they offer efficient service within the stipulated time fitting into your budget.
Thus, choosing a law firm can be daunting task. The secret to select the right law firm for small business is to act sensibly. With these tips also you can expect to get in touch with right law firm. In fact it is always a welcome decision to conduct some research on local law firms. The process will consume time no doubt, but you will surely land to right law firm for small business.

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Amalendu Hajraa is the CEO of AssistUI one of the leading web designing and development company in India. Based on his years of experience, he contributes thought provoking but informative articles on web designing, e-commerce and iPhone application development.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Legal Remodeling Can Be Expensive

This is great post by another blogger.  This post clearly reinforces the universal rule that it is almost always more efficient and less expensive to involve a lawyer earlier in the process than later.

The Attorneys of Chorey, Taylor, & Feil, A Professional Corporation: Legal Remodeling Can Be Expensive

Friday, January 1, 2010

California Businesses Face New Laws in 2010

Here are a few new laws that will affect California businesses in 2010.
1. The FEDERAL ESTATE TAX is eliminated for 2010 only. The tax has been gradually lowering for several years but the Democrat-controlled Congress is likely to let it return to its former 55% in 2011.
2. I-9 FORMS: Businesses that have federal contracts or subcontracts must use the E-Verify system when hiring employees. Other employers may use the verification system if they wish to do so. E-Verify compares Form I-9 document information against federal government databases to verify employment eligibility.
3. I-9 FORMS PART II: A new Form I-9 for noncitizin workers went into effect Aug. 7. The biggest difference is the updated list of verification documents a prospective employee can present when hired. The new law also specifies that documents used to establish identity or right to work cannot be expired.
4. TAXES: State tax withholding increased as of Nov. 1: 10% more for mandatory withholding, 0.6% increase in supplemental wage withholding and a 1.2% increase on stock options and bonus payments.
5. An ALTERNATIVE WORKWEEK schedule may be in place for less than a full year — for example, during the summer months only, according to an opinion from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
6. FAMILY LEAVE: A new federal law changes the definition of which service members are covered for family leave:
  • Regular Armed Forces members are covered during deployment to a foreign country.
  • Reservists are covered when notified of an impending call to active duty in a foreign country or during that deployment.
7. WORK LEAVE: Employers with more than 15 employees must provide leave for employees who are volunteer members of the Civil Air Patrol.
8. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: California recognizes out-of-state marriages that are legal in the state where the marriage occurred. So SB 54 requires employers to give all the same rights and benefits to spouses of such marriages.
9. WORKERS COMP: Employers cannot deny workers’ comp coverage for an employee killed by a third party in the course of the employee’s work if the death was related to the employee’s race, religion, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sex or sexual orientation.
If you have an questions or concerns about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me at Email Out-House General Counsel or via the Google Voice Button on the right hand column of this blog.