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Business Law

Starting a business is a laudable endeavor—but it can also be a complex one. Business law is, perhaps, one of the more complicated arenas for non-attorneys to try to understand. Most businesses, therefore, understand just how valuable having a business law attorney (and one that knows the local Brainerd area at that) can be. A business attorney isn’t there just in case someone files a lawsuit (or you yourself need to file a lawsuit). In actuality, most of business law has to do with helping you run your business in a legal and ethical way.

And that isn’t always easy. There are different rules for large and small businesses, and every employee you hire may change some of those definitions. Business law can be so consuming for our Brainerd area business law clients that it can feel as though they’re spending more time updating their contracts than running their business—at least, that’s how it felt before they came to us for help. We can help you revise your contracts with employees, with vendors, and with other businesses. We can also help you protect your business legally and ensure that everything is set up properly. Sound legal help in these arenas will likely save you money in the long run.

Setting up a Business

Establishing a business sounds like an easy enough task. But once you make the decision to set up a business, you need to know what kind of business to set up. There are plenty of options, from a sole proprietorship to an LLC. The attorneys at Mallie Law Office can help you decide what kind of business best suits your goals—both long term and short term. It’s true that as your business grows, you can re-evaluate what will best serve your purposes, but that doesn’t mean that legal expertise at the onset won’t make a huge positive difference.

The type of business you choose to establish—and the legitimacy with which you establish it—can have all kinds of repercussions in terms of your taxes and your years payments to the IRS, not to mention the limits of your legal liabilities for your business. In order to establish a business properly, there is a lot of red tape that you have to get through, and the attorneys at Mallie Law Office have helped many of our Brainerd and Little Falls business law clients get through that paperwork with efficiency and confidence.

Expanding Your Business

If your business is expanding, it’s also likely that you will require legal expertise. Whether you’re expanding in terms of square footage or in terms of employees, there are contracts that must be drafted, read, signed, and notarized—in some cases. Having robust legal contracts can protect you from legal action down the road and can save you money in the long run. Contracts, after all, simply spell out the obligations of two parties towards each other. Having clear contracts can make these obligations also clear, reducing the chance that two parties might disagree on what their obligations are. In other words, clear contracts are among the best tools you have for avoiding legal trouble.
As you expand your business, there are certain state and federal laws that you will need to be aware of. Additionally, the nature of your business may mean that you require consistent legal advice. In both of these cases, it is useful to have a single trust attorney, such as one of the attorneys at Mallie Law Office, in which you can place your trust and confidence, rather than having to find a new attorney every time your business encounters a new legal demand.

Protect Your Business

At its core, having an attorney take care of the legal matters of your business is a sound way of protecting your business—not only for today, but for the long term as well. By protecting your business legally, you are placing your business on sound legal footing. And that will pay off more every day.

So if you have a business or you’re thinking about starting one, contact the attorneys at Mallie Law Office in Brainerd, MN or Little Falls, MN to ensure that you get your business started out right.