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What are the benefits of having a lawyer?

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  1. RafaelDavid

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    Still a newbie and am in the process of writing a bankable business plan. The templet i'm using is asking how much I need for lawyer fees. I'm just curious as to what I may require a lawyer for unless i'm getting sued?? Is there anything they can help me with in particular or that I should have one doing for me??? Thanks for any input.
     
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    Its never bad to start a relation with one that knows the liabilities of this business. They can review big contracts for you, help write contracts, help advise you in legal issues you may not have thought of. You won't have the guy on retainer but maybe a 30 minute meeting every quarter and the occasional phone call, if that, just depends on how you set it up.
     
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  3. RafaelDavid

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    Thanks. Are there any cleaners in Virginia who use lawyers for this? Who would you recommend and how much?
     
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    If anyone on here says they have a lawyer on retainer or pay for preventative legal services.... I would assume they are full of it
     
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    Probably. But reviewing a contract is something I would pay for to know it's done right. Just looking for a one time service fee.
     
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    There are some good sites out there to buy construction contract forms

    We paid $450 to get a full set of contracts for construction jobs from a legal company
     
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    If you're looking for a contract I recommend staying away from the online sites. Many contracts need to be based on State laws. Consider going to a local law school instead and signing up for free consultations. That was what we did most of the time. Plus, sometimes they'll use your contract as homework and it will get graded by the professor. Very cost savings. More than one law student would like at a contract, and would receive feedback from the professor. Win Win. Oh and did I mention that it was free? I visited a lot of the local schools when my husband and I were on a budget...

    Law Schools
    Beauty School
    Vet School
    Dental School

    Usually low cost or free...

    We also had a lawyer on the side - not on retainer. But he was our go to lawyer when accidents happened, when we got sued for copyright infringement. ETC. You know, the fun stuff...

    ~Good Luck
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    I've been in this industry for over 10 years and I never had to get a lawyer once!
     
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    3 things every business person needs;

    1-Great attorney
    2-Great accountant
    3-Great insurance agent
     
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    Hopefully we can all go 10 years and never need one, but its still not a bad plan to have the number of a good one on hand just in case
     
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