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Small Business Lawyers Novato CA

Local resource for small business lawyers in Novato. Includes detailed information on local lawyers that provide access to legal services on such issues as business tax preparation, small business organizational plans, contract drafting tips, and small business legal counsel, as well as advice and content on how small businesses can protect themselves against lawsuits.

Claudia Valdez Knox
(415) 899-2565
777 San Marin Dr
Novato, CA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall,Univ of California Santa Barbara
State Licensing
California

Paul F. Norris
(415) 893-8000
7250 Redwood Blvd Ste 300
Novato, CA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Washington

James Rush
(415) 897-4801
7665 Redwood Boulevard, Suite 200
Novato, CA
Specialties
Business Law

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Robert Mark Levy
222 RUSH LANDING RD
NOVATO, CA
Specialties
Real Estate, Construction, Business, Contracts, Mediation
Education
University of California, Hastings College of the Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
California

Donald H Baum
(415) 897-4422
7250 Redwood Blvd, Suite 112
Novato, CA
Specialties
Real Estate, General Practice, Land Use & Zoning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Landlord & Tenant, Partnership, Business, Litigation, Project Finance, Contracts, Corporate, Debt Agreements, Commercial, LLC, Construction, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
U of San Francisco SOL,Indiana University
State Licensing
California

Steven Daniel Stein
56 Glen Rd
Novato, CA
Specialties
Business, Employment
Education
Boston Univ SOL,Univ of California at Los Angeles
State Licensing
California

David P Jones
NOVATO 7665 REDWOOD BLVD STE 200
NOVATO, CA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate
Education
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law,University of California - Berkeley
State Licensing
California

Bruce McClelland Palmer
NOVATO 7665 REDWOOD BLVD STE 200
NOVATO, CA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Landlord & Tenant, Residential
Education
University of California, Hastings College of the Law,Stanford University
State Licensing
California

Harry Vere Lehmann
1450 GRANT AVE STE 205
NOVATO, CA
Specialties
Aviation, Business, Commercial, Contracts, Ethics
Education
University of San Francisco School of Law
State Licensing
California

Ann Kathryn Johnston
7200 REDWOOD BLVD STE 325
NOVATO, CA
Specialties
Insurance, Business
Education
Pepperdine University School of Law,University of California - Irvine
State Licensing
California

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How Not to Get Sued

October 1, 2009

Small businesses are often easy targets for lawsuits. A study in Maryland found that 30% of small business owners surveyed had been sued in the past five years, while 42% had been threatened with a lawsuit in the same period. Many litigants figure that small companies who typically don't have attorneys on retainer will often settle for something rather than incur the cost of seeing things through. While there's no magic coat that can be worn to protect a business from legal actions---justified or not---there are measures you can use to greatly reduce your exposure.

Put it in writing
He said, she said can lead to legal actions. Always use contracts and agreements to formalize arrangements between you and your vendors, customers, and employees.

In addition to spelling out the terms of your understanding, include appropriate details about how disputes will be resolved. If, for example, you contract with a vendor in another state, negotiate as part of the terms of the agreement that your state's law will be used to resolve contract disputes. You may want to provide for alternative dispute resolution (mediation or arbitration) in some situations.

You can draft your own agreements using online tools designed for this purpose. Resources include: Free Legal Documents ; Legal and Business Forms ; and Lectric Law Library . However, be sure your attorney reviews these drafts before you sign anything. By using a generic form, you may easily overlook an important point for your situation, and the cost of the attorney's fee is well justified in this circumstance.

Don't ignore customer complaints
Simple complaints can turn into costly lawsuits if you don't respond promptly and resolve issues to the customers' satisfaction (to the extent possible). Customers who are ignored or badly treated may sue on principal rather than for any loss of money or property. Sometimes, a simple apology may be all that is needed to avert legal action.

Follow company policy (and the law) in handling employees
During this recession, you may have been forced to lay off workers. Ex-employees, whether terminated during tough economic times or at any other time, may be itching for a fight. Be sure to establish a written employee manual that is given to an employee upon hire (make him or her sign a statement that the manual has been read). Then, follow procedure when giving warnings and during the firing process. Be sure to set up sexual harassment procedures and follow through on employee complaints to avert cases of sexual harassment. This can avoid cases for wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other employee actions against you.

Document everything! The better your paper trail, the less likely you are to get sued (because you can prove that you followed procedure); and if you do get sued, the greater your chances of settling early or ultimately prevailing.

And if you do get sued
Think ahead. Set up your business entity to ...

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