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We want to thank all of you who take the time to read the news letters we are sending and we hope that you are finding the information beneficial. At Tindall Law Firm, LLC we enjoy sharing valuable tips regarding the law; offering articles on hot issues in the law; commenting on topics of interest; and helping you navigate the tricky world of the law, which is ever changing.
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Don't Get Sued: 5 tips to protect your small business
As a business owner, it's your responsibility to do everything within your means to limit risk and to keep the business running smoothly. But how does one go about limiting the possibility of a lawsuit to ensure business continuity?
1. Watch What You Say and Do
2. Hire a Competent Attorney
First of all, when it comes to your business image, owners and their employees should avoid making any public announcements or conducting any business that might be considered questionable. This means avoiding things like libelous or potentially slanderous statements, but it also means not doing business with unscrupulous individuals. You may not think it's a problem working for a group of individuals who are known for shoddy business practices - because you know your company's ethics are above reproach - but if they take a hit, your company's name may be linked to them in the fallout.
Business owners should interview attorneys when they first start up, in order to have a standby legal contact. You may need this person to advise you before you act or on how to react when you've been sued.
3. Separate Yourself From Your Business
Owners should also attempt to secure an attorney that is familiar with local laws and customs in the area in which the business operates. Care should also be taken to retain an attorney with expertise in a particular field, if necessary. If your company is anticipating legal challenges from the
Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) or a state department of taxation, then it makes sense to hire a tax attorney.
Many entrepreneurs own and operate their businesses as
. The only problem with this is that in the event the company is sued, the owner's individual assets (such as their cars or home) are fairly easy to attack or attach in a court of law.
The solution to this - or at least a way to limit the possibility that the owner's personal assets might be the target of a suit - is to have a
own the business. A trust is a legal entity that, in most cases, files its own
and can own property, businesses, cash, securities and a host of other assets. If a business is owned by a properly established trust, and it is sued, in most cases the only assets that can be attacked or attached in a court of law are those that are in the trust itself.
4. Insure Yourself
separates your company's finances from your own. This makes your house and personal wealth safe from attack even in the event you lose your business in a judgment. The downside to incorporating can come from understanding and keeping up with the additional laws, reports and taxes that the government requires for a corporation.
If the business is large and has a formal
board of directors
, it may also make sense to secure directors and officers liability (D&O) insurance. Once purchased, this insurance protects the directors' personal assets in a larger suit against the company.
5. Protect Your Files
In addition to purchasing insurance, another way to insure yourself against liability is to build protection into your contracts. If an act of nature, a specific supplier or some other uncontrollable act can make it impossible for you to fulfill a contract (and thus open yourself up to legal action), then you should be putting to ink that you are not liable for incomplete work due to these factors. Discussing the possible clauses and legal phrases needed in your work contracts is one of the best ways to employ your lawyer's time, and it will reduce your need for a lawyer later on in your business venture.
As most businesses these days work quite intensively on computers, it makes sense to emphasize the safety requirements for your computer system. Businesses should have updated antivirus and other types of security software loaded and activated on their systems. If a computer system were to go down because of a virus, the business may be at risk of not being able to perform certain contracted work. In addition, key files could be lost or stolen, which could then lead to legal action from clients and/or suppliers.
In the event of a massive technological breakdown, you should have a set of backed-up files to refer to. This could mean performing daily, weekly or even monthly backups, and making your clients aware of which you employ. Keeping these backup files off-site will also help to ensure your company's continued safety. If you keep these files at your place of business, it is necessary to purchase a fireproof safe in which to store your files. Should the very worst happen to the rest of your materials and supplies, your backups would be protected.
In the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or fire, will your business be able to function? Failure to operate could lead to the company's inability to live up to certain contractual obligations or to satisfy other legal/financial agreements.
Consider securing alternative work sites, portable generators, call trees and/or ways to have employees work remotely to make it a little easier for your company to perform its work when the the forces of nature throw you a curveball.
At Tindall Law Firm, LLC, we are your local legal resource in Connecticut. With 20 years of experience, Attorney Tavis Tindall has the knowledge and skill handle your legal question. For a free consultation, please call 203-755-0018 or contact us online.
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