As a business owner, you know that conflict can do significant damage to your business’s reputation, its day-to-day operations and its bottom line. As a result, you might be hesitant to hire an attorney when conflict arises. However, working with a business litigation attorney could be an important step toward protecting your business and its future. What are some signs it’s time to hire an attorney?
1. When you are named in a lawsuit
If a person or business names you in a lawsuit—whether that suit is the result of an employment issue, a question of contract fulfillment or some other conflict—it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Speaking to an attorney early allows you to build a stronger defense for your business and to limit damage in the interim.
2. When your business and its interests are in danger
Even if a conflict seems simple and straightforward, working with an attorney is one of the best precautions you can take if the disagreement threatens your business and your bottom line. For example, conflict between business partners can be dangerous to your business and its structure, especially if you do not have terms for resolving disagreements set out in your partnership agreement.
3. When you cannot resolve a disagreement
Many companies turn to mediation or arbitration to resolve disagreements. However, these alternative methods may not resolve your conflict. If you and the other party are at an impasse, contacting an attorney can help you prepare to resolve your conflict in court.
4. When you are uncertain whether you really need an attorney
If you are not certain whether you need a business litigation attorney for the conflict you face, speaking to an attorney may be the best way for you to determine the next steps. Discussing your case can help you explore your legal options and determine whether your business should prepare for litigation.