Retaining a Lawyer

There are some things you can do on your own, like naming your business and claiming a trademark. However, you should consider retaining a lawyer for certain services. See the resources at the bottom of this page for free and reduced cost legal assistance.

Form a corporation

While you can often take care of the formation of a legal business entity such as an LLC or business partnership without legal help, forming a corporation with shareholders and a board is a more complex process. Articles of incorporation can be filed without lawyers, but the administrative side of managing the complex tax and legal requirements often requires the services of a corporate attorney.

File a Patent

Patents are expensive and time consuming. It can take years to get one approved. Unless you are in the pharmaceutical or biotech industries, consider whether patenting your product actually gives you a major market advantage. Consult a patent attorney to help you evaluate your product and understand what rights you will achieve.


This can include dealing with lawsuits by customers or by current or former employees, discrimination or harassment lawsuits, environmental lawsuits, and government investigations for legal violations.

Buy or Sell a Business

Lawyers can help with negotiating sales agreements, lease agreements, and more.

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