Legal advice for your small business.

Though hiring a lawyer isn’t always necessary, there will likely come a time when you need to seek legal advice for your small business. It can be expensive to hire a lawyer, but their advice can be priceless. It’s much less expensive to hire a lawyer to do things properly when starting out than it is to hire a lawyer in an emergency when things go wrong.

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What can a lawyer do for you?

Lawyers can give you invaluable advice at every stage of your business. Some things they can help you with:

  • Choose and implement the right business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, non-profit)
  • Negotiate and complete contracts on your behalf
  • Review lease agreements
  • Protect your intellectual property
  • Defend any legal action against you
  • Prepare employee agreements
  • Sell your business

Find out what type of lawyer you need.

Try to find a lawyer that specializes in the practice area you need. Business-related legal practice areas include:

  • Company, commercial, and securities law:  incorporation, buying and selling a business, drafting shareholders and partnership agreements, contracts, and service and purchase agreements
  • Labour and employment law:  negotiating and interpreting collective agreements, resolving disputes, explaining obligations, advising on strikes, lay-offs, and dismissals
  • Civil litigation law:  lawsuits, collecting debts, negotiating, and settling
  • Real estate law:  buying or selling land or property, negotiating a lease, solving landlords and tenants disputes, and mortgaging property
  • Wills and estates:  drafting or challenging a will, and managing estates
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Compile a shortlist of potential lawyers.

How you can find qualified lawyers in your area:

  • Ask your network for recommendations: reach out to friends, colleagues, and your business network for recommendations of lawyers they’ve had a positive experience with. While asking for recommendations can be a good starting point, it’s important to consider that they might have different needs and expectations.
  • Contact lawyer referral services: the Alberta Law Society’s Lawyer Referral Service will give you contact information for three lawyers that could meet your needs.
  • Call Legal Aid Alberta’s Alberta Law Line: Call toll-free at 1-866-845-3425 to find out if you qualify for Legal Aid Alberta‘s subsidized legal services.
  • Search the internet: Make sure you verify the credentials and experience of anyone you find online.

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There are some tasks that almost every small business owner needs to complete before they get off the ground. These pages will educate you on some of those essentials to help get you on your way.

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