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Law Can Give Your Business Structure

The law interacts with your business in so many ways, some you may not even be aware of.

When you are starting out and building your business, you probably had a tight budget and an even tighter schedule. You didn’t have the money or the time to put things in place. As your business has stabilized, you realize that you need to patch some holes in your infrastructure. You want to button things up before major problems happen. That’s the perfect time to see us.

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We are small business attorneys in Jacksonville, FL

The reality is that most people take a lot of risks in the beginning – because they have no other choice. As the business matures, they start buttoning up and eliminating unnecessary risks. Hopefully, by the time they are well-established, they have good infrastructure in place and are low risk. The timeline is different for every business and depends on the owner’s actions; some can achieve low-risk quickly, others take decades.

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Building better legal infrastructure

The seven critical areas we focus on to create legal infrastructure in your service firm:

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Entity Structure

The type, organization, structure and governance of your business entity is the most basic aspect of your business foundation.
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Owner Relationships »

Owner Relationships

Without strong structure, guidelines or rules to establish expectations and accountability, business partners can pose a high risk of business failure.
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Client Relationships »

Client Relationships

Having direct, honest relationships (represented by clear service contracts) with your clients is the key to repeat business, referrals, and long-term success.
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Worker Relationships »

Worker Relationships

Relationships with those who serve your clients (i.e., employees or independent contractors) need to be represented by written contracts to protect you and your clients.
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Vendor Relationships »

Vendor Relationships

When you’re the client, understanding the agreement and how the relationship should work, as well as any ramifications if something goes wrong is critical.
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Regulatory Compliance »

Regulatory Compliance

Many service professionals are governed by specialized rules and regulations in addition to general regulations that must be followed by every business.
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Intellectual Property »

Intellectual Property

Copyrights and trademarks are two areas of intellectual property very important for helping service companies protect their business assets.
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Business Success »

Business Success

Each of these areas represent an opportunity for bad risks to jeopardize business success and happiness. Each of these areas also represent an opportunity to strengthen your business and support the success you desire.

Risk

At The Legal Department, we help our clients do risk assessments.

We aren’t coming from a “no risk is good” perspective because we know that some risk is necessary in business.  Our main goal is to help business owners avoid unnecessary bad risks and make better business decisions.

We don’t expect you to eliminate every risk that exists in your business.

That would be impossible! Instead, we want you to take smart risks. Smart risks are those that offer a truly valuable reward – they are not the risks that can push your business out of existence.

Are You Ready to Build a Stronger Business?

One that can support the weight of your growth?
One that can create great business relationships that can drive good business?
One that reduces the chances of problems occurring – or eases the resolution if they do occur?
One whose intrinsic value increases for when it’s time to transition?

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Our Unique Model of Services

You may have either a specific question or need to take a specific action to move your business forward.

Maybe you have been presented with a contract and need help understanding it before signing.

Maybe you need help structuring & negotiating an agreement to ensure protection.

Maybe you need help planning and getting set up for a big change that’s coming soon.

Maybe you need assistance with a contract written for a particular purpose.

Maybe you need help creating & structuring an agreement for new employee hiring.

What we prefer to do is help you build legal infrastructure to protect and strengthen your business over time. When growing your business, there are many different legal considerations. Having a long-term and consistent relationship with us allows us to help you build your business stronger at various points along the life cycle of your business.

You understand that you have some weak spots in your structure and it’s just a matter of luck that they have not yet caused havoc in your business. You’re not alone. Most businesses need to button up some areas.

The most successful businesses realize this and deal with it. They do what needs to be done to strengthen their business so that it can grow and support their goals – without taking unnecessary risks of failure.

We help small service companies manage their growth by establishing legal infrastructure in their businesses.  We conduct reviews of existing infrastructure and help our clients plan for implementing more infrastructure to create a stronger foundation.

It could be any number of things that you are facing right now. We do work on a project by project basis if you have an immediate need. In the short term, our goal is to help you take that step forward

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Working with Laurie and her team at The Legal Department has been a truly effortless process. Simply being able to rely on them as the experts in... their field proved to be a very real advantage. It allowed me to continue moving forward with the business of doing what I do best knowing that each step of the process was completed accurately and correctly.The flat fee structure is certainly the preferred way of doing business. It allows the opportunity to define, plan and budget for the project and to stay in balance. Everything needed was included and, in turn, very well presented. The insight, the wisdom and the services provided are indeed an exceptional value. The team was always responsive and available to answer questions along the way.The professional connection Laurie and her team at The Legal Department have with their clients is top notch. The visual and legal presentation of the documents received was exceptional. I deeply appreciate the connection and the resource of Laurie and her team at the Legal DepartmentSimply stated, and well regarded, The Legal Department is the only firm I recommend for other small business owners.read more
OM Studios
OM Studios
Working with Laurie Lee and The Legal Department has been a pleasure! As a new business, we originally thought we could handle our projects on our... own but after consulting with the SBDC in Jacksonville we realized it was something we would need professional guidance for and were referred to Laurie and her team. What we especially appreciated was the flat fee model for pricing – knowing up front what our fees were going to be and being able to calculate them into our expenses was so helpful. We were quoted hourly fees from some other firms but we had no idea what the end number would be. The agreements that were drafted by Laurie were all professional and comprehensive for our needs. We found that she was patient with us as we learned the legal ropes and replied quickly to our questions or requests. We would absolutely recommend The Legal Department to other small businesses in Florida and we hope to work with them again ourselves on future legal needs!read more
Accounts MyPro
Accounts MyPro
Using Laurie and her team to open my first business was a great decision! Throughout the process I always felt like I was important, my questions... were answered promptly, and the team was communicative and attentive to my needs. Everything felt streamlined and even when there was down time in between calls or meetings, it always felt like they were working on my project and keeping me up to date with the progress. I appreciated the transparency of the flat fee structure; this really took the stress off communicating with one another and left no surprises when it came to the financial commitment. I would definitely recommend The Legal Department to other small businesses! Laurie was knowledgeable and professional, but most of all she was genuine and caring. Great job all around!read more
Rolf Vonderheide
Rolf Vonderheide
Wow! I can't say enough about the Laurie and The Legal Department. I used them to finalize contract negotiations when I sold my business. Every... step of the way I felt protected.Laurie was fair and reasonable; accommodating most of the time, but a pit-bull when needed! If you are selling a business, you can't do any better than this great team!read more
Gary D.
Gary D.
The best friend a small business can have! Explained all options (in plain english) and I felt my best interests were represented. Made me feel... comfortable with the decision I had to make. Cannot recommend high enough.read more
Diane Faulkner
Diane Faulkner
Nice and knowledgeable!
Tonisha Landry
Tonisha Landry
I have worked with a handful of attorneys in the past few years. Laurie is fantastic! Very thorough and hands down runs she the most organized law... firm I have seen.read more
Jason A. Duprat
Jason A. Duprat
Laurie, was very professional and knowledgable. She has everything you need laid out in small digestible pieces. She made sense of the legal... situation for me.read more
Walk-in Wedding Chapel
Walk-in Wedding Chapel
Laurie was a great help and I look forward to working with her in the future.
Blair Gordon
Blair Gordon
Laurie and team helped us with our business, Flour + Fig Bakehouse, as we were preparing to grow and open a retail location. Very professional,... thorough, a pleasure to work with.read more
Kurt D'Aurizio
Kurt D'Aurizio
Great advice and knowledge of business law. They helped us setup our company and were always ready to answer any questions that came up along the... way.read more
Bo Kikendall
Bo Kikendall
We are very fortunate to have her as our attorney. She had counseled us on important corporate initiatives and had provided thorough guidance on all... aspects of company formation, partnership agreements and other areas. Look forward to continuing our positive experience.read more
Triedata Inc
Triedata Inc
Great firm! We have utilized Laurie and her team several times over the last two years, always attentive and goes the extra mile to ensure a clear... understanding of our objectives.read more
Jim Satterwhite
Jim Satterwhite
I have worked with Laurie for a number of years and I must say that she understands law from a business persons perspective. Every time I have an... issue to discuss with her she not only discusses the legal aspects of the issue but she discusses the business ramifications. That is a rare quality in a legal firm. Understanding how a decision will affect our business helps us make the right decision for our firm. Thanks Laurie for all you do!read more
John Harman
John Harman
Laurie helped us during the initial steps of setting up our corporation and with our lease review process. It is good to have someone to turn to... that knows all the bases you need to cover. She is always attentive and available and demonstrates true regards toward your business.read more
SightHealth Primary Eyecare
SightHealth Primary Eyecare
We have worked with Laurie on HR related forms and other matters and she has been wonderful. It has been extremely nice to know prices before... starting a project; it’s nice to ask a question without worrying about how much I’m about to add to my bill. Have recommended her firm to others and will continue to do so.read more
John E
John E
My experience with Laurie Lee was nothing short of awesome. She has assisted me with multiple business matters. She is knowledgeable and easily... accessible, both of which are important to me. I have already recommended her to others.read more
Cindy Lasky
Cindy Lasky
Laurie and her team have been a great and trusted resource for our company. They offer the ideal services and rates for small businesses and really... care about their clients. Hire them without hesitation!read more
Joe Sampson
Joe Sampson
Laurie is a wonderful attorney who knowledgeable in business law.
Debra Hill
Debra Hill