What exactly is a civil attorney? Is it a general practice lawyer? Is it a more of a consultant/lawyer than one that can establish, grow and help a business thrive? Civil practice can be wide reaching or specialized to one area within a “swimming pool” of business matters. Does a civil lawyer jump in the pool and throw out life rafts? What is a civil lawyer in today’s commercial arena?
HWG LAW GROUP PC for example emphasizes in small business under 100 employees. Many entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley Start-ups are business less than 100 employees at least for the first year. There is no capitol to have a law firm on a retainer where there is a bare minimum ($200 k) often times and that is burned through very quickly. A small business lawyer handles tasks that are designed to help the business thrive with legal stop-gaps through-out and then gradually as the business grows there is a need to branch out to a larger firm, with larger requirements to keep the client to law firm door open.
A civil lawyer such as HWG LAW FIRM PC is often available by phone or text and e-mail something that bigger firms do not always respond to or at least not with the lawyer at any given time. Small business lawyers can work on a flat fee retainer, which firms generally do not accept routinely (certainly if the business is not known). Restaurants, hotels, healthy clubs are often under 100 employees and have real business needs. Waiting happens, because of the “perceived” expense , but HWG LAW FIRM can work on any budget and the firm works quickly.
So the answer to this blog can be sized up in 2 words : “Lawyer-up” and get a good experience lawyer on some form of relationship from day one.