They offer their expertise, personal effort, talent, skill, time and knowledge to their clients. They are entrepreneurial and have their own businesses.
They don’t sell a physical “thing” – they sell their abilities. They have relationships with their clients. They are all in the business of helping others.
And we are in the business of helping them. Because we think they’re special and we enjoy looking out for them and protecting them.
You want your company to be stable and protected, while also trying to achieve your desired growth rate.
We want to know your goals and help you build infrastructure to achieve them.
You want to make better business decisions, reduce unnecessary bad risks and avoid catastrophic problems.
We want to protect you and give you the information you need to steer a clear path.
You face uncertainty every day: What should I do? How do I handle this? What’s the best way forward? What am I missing? Is there risk here that I don’t need to take?
We give you a place to come find answers and talk over options.
Our clients are highly educated and have specialized areas of expertise; but you recognize the need for trusted advisors to help fill gaps.
You don’t know what you don’t know. You need someone who does.
That’s why you come to us as your Legal Department.
Size of the Business Matters
We have a size requirement because we feel that private, independent businesses need special guidance that takes into account their size and growth rate. Some of our clients have one employee – and others have up to 20 employees. They are successful businesses and continue to grow and improve themselves. While we do accept a few chosen start-ups, most of our clients are established businesses.
When Do Clients Come to See Us?
The Established Flyers: Most of our clients come to us once they’ve been in business for several years. They started their firms and took a lot of risks at the beginning. They were comfortable figuring things out as they went along – but they knew there were things they didn’t know. The challenge was that there was so much to focus on that they had to choose the priority that made them money. They knew that they needed to do things legally sound but there wasn’t resources to put everything in place. Now they want to stabilize and they know it’s time to put some foundations in place. No more building with toothpicks and bandaids – they know their growth needs to be supported by strong infrastructure. So they come to us to help them put that structure in place. They can then continue to grow without fear of collapse.
The Start-Off the Grounders: Just a few of our clients are start-ups. But they are special start-ups – the kind that know they need to build infrastructure and they want it in place before (or shortly after) they start. They don’t accept as much risk. These are the types of personalities who like to have everything lined up so they don’t have to worry. They want to build from the ground up. These are the only start-ups we serve because they know that the structure we offer is important and they are willing to prioritize getting it done.
Whichever type you are, now is the time to start building your legal infrastructure.
Our office is in Jacksonville but our clients are located throughout Florida.
We use technology to our advantage, allowing us to easily communicate with our clients around the state. Video conferencing means that we can have meetings without being bound by locations.
The type of business owner who wants to work with us appreciates our knowledge, experience, and the way that we provide advice and guidance.
Our clients are highly educated, dedicated to their profession, and licensed and/or regulated.
- Interior Design
- Law Firms
- Industrial Design
- Software Development
- Marketing & Design
- Real Estate
- Health & Fitness (but not medical)
- Public Relations
We know that not everyone fits into a box. If you offer specialized services, contact us to see if it is in an industry we serve.
Service providers offer specialized & personalized service.
Relationships are critical for service providers; we get that.
Relationships with clients.
Relationships with workers.
Relationships with vendors.
Service businesses benefit most from healthy business relationships.
Relationships are represented in contracts.
Contract = Better Relationship
Creating direct, honest and solid contracts help our clients create more productive relationships.
- Be direct and honest in your relationships.
- Manage expectations.
- Deliver what you say you’ll deliver.
“Best attorney to work with. A real gem. The satisfaction of knowing my business started on a good legal foundation.”
“It is a great learning experience. Laurie is very professional and able to provide the right advice and direction.”
“I found Elevate to be very easy to work with and extremely professional in their service delivery. We will certainly work with their firm well into the future! Robert J. Bitterli, AIA/LEED AP/NCARB CEO/President Ivy Group Consultants, Inc.”