Do I Need an Attorney to Resolve My Business Dispute?
Business disputes arise from employment issues, customer complaints, contract disputes, liability issues, and other matters related to operating a business. A business owner is likely to say that disputes are a normal and expected part of doing business. However, when a business is dealing with a dispute, it is anything but normal. Disputes can be very time-consuming. Dealing with a dispute distracts owners and other employees involved with the dispute from making money for the company.
Hiring an Attorney to Handle a Business Dispute
Hiring an attorney to handle a business dispute allows you to focus on operating the business.
Other reasons you want to hire a business litigation attorney to handle the dispute are:
- Investigates the Dispute
An attorney investigates all matters related to the dispute. Attorneys analyze the situation, develop various defenses and strategies to protect your company, and advise you about your options for settling or resolving the business dispute.
- Avoid Giving the Other Side Additional Evidence
When you handle the dispute, you may not be aware of the information that you must turn over to the other side and information that is not required to be disclosed. Attorneys help clients avoid incriminating themselves. Even though a business dispute is a civil matter, incriminating yourself or your company could be very costly in monetary damages and unforeseen consequences.
- Determine if Litigation is Necessary
A business attorney determines whether a lawsuit is necessary to protect your company. In many cases, a business dispute may be settled through mediation and negotiation. However, there are instances in which a lawsuit is necessary.
- Offers Impartial Perspective
As a business owner, it can be difficult to look at a dispute impartially. For small business owners, their company is their life. They have put everything into building the business. A dispute could undo everything they have worked to build. For that reason, it can be challenging to view anything but total vindication as a win. An attorney sees the bigger picture. Your attorney offers you a different perspective that may save you time, money, and stress.
- Understand the Law
The law can be very complicated. You need more than a basic understanding of how disputes are settled and the litigation process. An attorney understands the various laws that might apply in your case. You need an attorney to explain the legal ramifications of your decisions based on the available options and potential outcomes in your case.
- Reduce Risk of Further Liability
An attorney analyzes the situation to determine if other risks need to be addressed. You may need to take immediate steps to avoid additional liability. For example, if the dispute relates to a contract that you use with all vendors, you may need to revise the contract to avoid the dispute from arising with another vendor.
- File Necessary Documents
Your attorney handles preparing and filing all documents required in a lawsuit. Your attorney also monitors deadlines and continues investigating and gather evidence to protect your company’s best interest.
Contact a Florida Business Law Attorney for Help
Some business disputes may be settled without an attorney, but that does not mean a business owner should not consult with an attorney. You need to have all available information before making any decisions or taking any actions regarding a business dispute.
Attorney Matthew Fornaro assists business owners with business legal matters, including disputes and business litigation. Call 954-324-3651 or contact us online to speak with a Florida business law attorney.