Why do I need a lawyer?
Whether you realize it or not, you are interacting with rules established by law every day. From buying groceries to making phone calls, from checking emails to driving a car, from turning on your lights to mailing a postcard, legal rules govern almost anything you do. For the most part, you may be able to navigate the legal system just fine: you may not need an attorney to resolve a dispute with a merchant, or a disagreement with your neighbor. Even as a small business owner, you may have handled your own tax return preparation and payroll, employee hiring forms, customer collections, and vendor disputes.
From time to time, however, the services of an attorney are needed to help you navigate out-of-the-ordinary situations. Or maybe your business has grown to the point where you may need professional support to handle the volume. When the need for professional support arises with your legal or real estate matters, IVAN &: ASSOCIATES and its wholly-owned subsidiary real estate brokerage (IVAN REALTORS) can help, with a full suite of services to address your needs, summarized below.
Business General CounselSmall business owners comprise a significant portion of the Firm's client base. From skilled tradesmen and retailers to medical-services providers and real estate professionals to technology companies and financial-services firms, the Firm has had experiences representing a variety of small businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a small business can have up to 1,500 employees and $38.5 million in average annual receipts. Larger corporations can afford to hire full-time attorneys on payroll to handle the variety of operational matters that arise. But small businesses cannot afford full-time legal help. This is where a "virtual General Counsel" service such as that offered by IVAN &: ASSOCIATES can help your small business get the benefits of legal and professional advice with your ongoing business operations at a reasonable monthly fee. Among the services we can provide are the following:
- contract drafting and review
- payroll processing
- business tax return preparation
- debt collection
- interfacing with regulatory bodies (e.g., ROC, ADRE, etc.)
FamilyWhether you're a small business owner or a corporate employee, you are first and foremost a human being. Whether your family includes a spouse and children, or parents and siblings, or other relatives, specific scenarios can arise where it's a good idea to have a professional on your side to help with advice and paperwork.
- Buying, selling, renting, or leasing out a house
- Serious problems with your recently-purchased house
- Creating a will, trust, power of attorney, or advance health care directives
- Structuring your assets and overall estate
- Preparing personal tax returns
- Defending against a lawsuit
Specific Transactions or DisputesEven if you don't have an attorney on speed dial for everyday business matters, specific instances can arise where you should obtain legal advice and support rather than trying to solve the problem on your own, especially if the other side to the situation is represented by an attorney.
- Buying or selling commercial real estate or residential complex
- Large purchase from a new vendor
- New multiyear contract with a new customer
- Employee grievance alleging violation of labor laws
- Serious dispute with your commercial landlord or commercial lockout
- Serious dispute with your business partner
- Hiring employees for the first time
- Creating or buying a new business
- Selling a business
PersonalAside from business and family representation, specific situations may sometimes arise where you need particularized representation for you individually. In these situations, it's a good idea to have an attorney on your side to represent your individual legal interests and guide you through the process for asserting your rights.
- prenuptial agreements
- legal separation or divorce
- child custody
- protection from domestic violence
- harassment by neighbors or others
- serious personal injury from car accidents or workplace incidents