For about three decades now, Roger Gibbons has been working with small business owners, contractors, trades people and more to provide sound legal advice in the areas of business and corporate law, construction law, contracts, employment law, landlord tenant law, land-use and zoning, real estate laws, Worker’s Compensation, and even accident/personal injury law. Roger is able to bring a diverse legal background to help his clients with all the legal issues they could face as small business owners in mid-Missouri. Over the years he has helped builders, contractors, small businesses, subcontractors, and more. Roger has a great respect for entrepreneurs and a passion to help them succeed. By knowing the legal risks, and safeguards related to your particular business, Roger can help you position yourself in the best way possible. In today’s blog, we wanted to share some of the most common ways small businesses can benefit from experienced legal advice when forming and operating their business. If you are a small business owner or thinking about starting your own business, we wrote this blog for you!
Most businesses will deal with contracts on a fairly regular basis. You may have contracts with your clients, you may have contracts with different vendors, and you may even have contracts between you and your business partners. It can be tempting to try and save some money by using an online legal service, or even cookie cutter contracts that you just fill in. But your contracts are not a formality, they are legal agreements that will determine what you are able to enforce or what you are liable for should something happen in the future. It is definitely advisable to have those contracts specifically drawn up for your business, your situation, and your location rather than using a generic form. It is well worth the investment considering the risk you’re taking otherwise.
2) Structuring Your Business
Whether you decide to be a sole proprietorship, or an LLC will have a direct effect on your legal safeguards as well as your tax liability. To decide the best structure requires knowledge of your business and knowledge of the legal aspects of the different structures. Roger Gibbons has the legal understanding of the structures and how they will affect you, and after sitting down and talking with you about your business, he can help you decide on the one that will protect you from liability as much as possible, but still give you the safeguards you need as a business owner.
3) Employment Law
There are a lot of legal considerations when it comes to having employees. Again, you want employment contracts that are based on sound legal advice and specific to your business and industry. In addition, just understanding your legal responsibilities when it comes to hiring and firing and knowing how to stay compliant with regulations and laws that you are subject to as an employer is critical to your business. One legal mistake can be devastatingly costly. You are an expert in your field, we are experts in the legal field when it comes to issues of employment law. So, choose an attorney knowledgeable in employment law in Missouri to look out for you and prevent costly problems in the future.
4) Worker’s Compensation
Employers want their employees to be safe on the job, and employees deserve not to be seriously injured while at work. It takes everyone’s effort working together to create a safe work environment. Legally, you want to understand your responsibilities, and you want your employees to understand theirs. Sometimes employees think rules are just to protect the employer but some things that are required for safety are to protect the employees too. Roger Gibbons can help you understand how to look out for yourself, and how to prevent injuries and liabilities with your employees.
5) Landlord-Tenant Law
The above areas apply to landlord-tenant law too. Having a specific contract that clearly outlines the responsibilities and expectations for both parties can make the chances of compliance and enforcement much more realistic. Having a skilled landlord-tenant attorney at Lake of the Ozarks can prevent a lot of headaches and help create a clear understanding between you and your tenants which can contribute to better long-term relationships and profit margins as well. Let us help you maintain a profitable business, by running it in a way that is clear and understandable for everyone involved.
Gibbons Law Firm – Looking Out for the Small Business Owner
As a small business owner, we know you have a specific vision and talent that you offer to the world. You shouldn’t have to be distracted from that to deal with legal issues. That is our world. We are here and happy to help you, and we have the knowledge and legal background to guide you in the right direction. There are a lot of decisions to be made, but when you have an experienced attorney on your team, those decisions are much easier to feel solid about, and much safer to rely on if they ever come to the test. So, if you are a small business owner, or thinking about starting your own business in Central Missouri, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm. We would love to get to know you and hear more about your vision, and help you bring it to life. If you found this blog helpful and would like to hear more legal tips and information from our law firm in Lake Ozark, we have links below for you to follow us on your favorite social media platform.
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