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My Business Wants to Branch Out. Do I Need a Lawyer?

The Law & You
July 17, 2018

The Law and You

My Business Wants to Branch Out. Do I Need a Lawyer?

A business owner is interested in taking his business in a new direction. He thinks he may need an attorney to help him with the business. What do attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark think?

Dave Kuharchik: A unique question tonight on “The Law & You” asking about a lawyer to help with a business. Back with us to answer those questions tonight are attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark who is here for Ed in The Virtual Law Center. Thank you both for being here.

Molly Clark: Thanks for having us.

Greg Fellerman: Ed is diligently working in court trying to resolve a trucking case so good luck Ed.

Dave: We think about cases like that with lawyers but this is another use, perhaps, for a lawyer. Let’s get to the question from Steve in Mountain Top. Steve says, “My business is doing okay but I want to branch out into new areas of opportunity. I never hired a lawyer to help with my business but I think I may need one. What do you guys think?” Molly, we’ll start with you, what do you think about Steve maybe considering some representation here as he expands?

Molly: I do think you should contact a lawyer, even just to get some advice. You may not ultimately need one depending on the business that you’re opening, depending on what you’re planning to do. Certain businesses require certain forms that have to be filled out with the state. You may have to get an EIN number and things of that nature. There’s some tax consequences you’re going to want to talk about. I actually do think you should contact a lawyer so that you can at least get some answers on how to best set your business up and then you may also need them to help you fill out the forms through the Department of State. I think it’s a good idea to reach out and make that call. What do you think?

Greg: I agree. I think a lot of business owners make a mistake by not hiring counsel. You don’t- with the type of lawyers- When you use business lawyers, they’re only paid on a hourly basis when you use them so it’s good to have a lawyer you can pick up the phone and call when you have a legal question. A lot of guys- People have these businesses and they want to do it on their own. They make a ton of mistakes and then they’re calling the lawyer to pick up the pieces. You seem like you’re doing okay, you have some expansion issues you want to deal with. I think it’s a great idea, I really do.

Dave: I know if anyone out there watching needs a connection legally you guys can help them out so the way to do that is give the office a call, check them out online and don’t forget results matter with attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark. Thanks for being here.

Greg: A pleasure. Thank you.

Dave: Don’t forget to get a question here on “The Law & You” head to or call “The Law & You” hotline.

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