Are you starting a business, running a business, or involved in a business litigation?
If so, you probably have asked yourself the following questions:
- Do I need a Lawyer?
- What will a Lawyer do for me?
- How much will a Lawyer cost?
My name is Sean M. Sweeney and I am a Milwaukee Business Lawyer and Partner with Halling & Cayo S.C. I received my JD and MBA from Marquette University and focus my practice on serving business owners and corporations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My goal is to avoid the attorney-client “this is what you should do” mentality and strive for a more expansive and collaborate approach that keeps your profitability in mind. My MBA training has forced me to remember why you are in business, it is not to avoid liability (as many attorneys seem to see it) but to make money.
My favorite saying is “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” I think that statement is particularly true when it comes to business relationships. I have seen too many Business Litigation cases where costs escalate into the tens of thousands of dollars all because the agreement was not well written, or not written at all. A little bit of money upfront to have an attorney properly draft the agreement, would have saved a lot of money and headache in the long run. This same axiom holds true regarding business formation, a little bit of money up front to ensure your business is set up correctly from day one can go a long way towards alleviating future costs and headache.
What will a Lawyer do for me?
It can be summed up in one word “Protection”. This may include protecting your personal liability through the proper formation of your business entity, and helping to ensure that no one can “Pierce the Corporate Veil” at a later date and sue you personally. Or else protecting your business and its revenue streams by ensuring that you have properly drafted contracts that help ensure your right to be paid, and clearly define the scope of your service. Finally, it involves protecting your business against litigation, or helping you enforce your rights against those that you have a litigation claim against. Once again, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
How much will a Lawyer cost?
For you sales people out there, you will know the old adage regarding price vs. costs. One (price) is what you actually pay for the service, the other (cost) is the total cost of paying the price for the service versus the potential cost of not hiring an attorney. While it is impossible to determine the price without the relevant facts for your particular situation, I am always willing to offer free consultations to discuss your issue and see if we can determine what the total cost may be, and help you understand what the cost of not getting an attorney will be. Feel free to contact me via phone- (414) 271-3400 or via e-mail sms@HallingCayo.com and see if I can help.