Do You Need a San Antonio Business Lawyer? 5 Questions to Ask You’ve heard that the best defense is a good offense, right? Well, that’s definitely true in the legal arena. So while you might not think you need a San Antonio business lawyer at the moment, in reality, you’re best served by hiring one now—long before the need for legal action ever arises. This not only protects you and your employees, but also your business overall. Not sure if your company needs a San Antonio business lawyer on its side? Here are five questions to ask: Do you regularly outsource work? Working with contracts, freelancers and third parties can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes it works out great, and it may even save you money. At other times, either they don’t deliver or their work doesn’t meet your standards, and you get in trouble on the final deliverable. In this situation, you always want an attorney on your side. They can sort out the legalities of the situation, and ensure you receive the work you were promised—or appropriate funds to make up for the loss. Do you use contracts often? Any contract, be it with a supplier, a customer or a worker, needs to be vetted by an attorney first. They’ll need to make sure that it properly protects you and your interests, and that there are no loopholes that could come back to haunt you. Do you have a line of succession, by-laws, patents, copyrights, trademarks and other necessities in order for your business? This is a business lawyer’s specialty. They can assist you with legal protection for your corporation and your intellectual property, and help you prepare your plan of succession. If you’re just starting out, they can also incorporate your business for you or set up an LLC. Is there any chance a customer, employee or visitor could file a legal suit against you? Put yourself in another person’s shoes. Is there anything they could sue you over? A defective product? False advertising? Fraud? Even just a slip-and-fall injury on your property? If so, you need a lawyer on your side—long before an issue arises. Are you considering franchising your business? This is a big one. If you want to franchise and expand your business beyond your current scope, a business lawyer is a downright necessity. They’ll help you set up the framework, get your paperwork and contracts in order and assist you with franchising moving forward. Want a San Antonio business lawyer on your company’s side? Contact the team at de la Riva & Associates today. Our expert attorneys are here to help.

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