Mark Holmes is our business attorney, based in Newport Beach but serving all of Orange County, California.
Mark talked about the importance of seeing him early on, before you have legal trouble, the logic being that he can save you time and large amounts of money by getting you set up right the first time. Here is a quick list of services he recommends for any serious business person:
- Get your business Incorporated
- Have ironclad contracts, proposals and estimates. These will help you get paid for work completed!
- Make sure that you have rock solid employee contracts: from application to termination
Mark reminded us that he has over 300 business litigation cases tried in Orange County courts. He has seen the result of not having your business incorporated, your ironclad contracts in place and your employee contracts out of order.
Everyone tells him the same thing: “We’re a big family here, we don’t need employee contracts!” WRONG! Do NOT get caught off guard with a sexual harassment accusation or a wrongful termination case. They are super expensive, very time consuming and avoidable via contracts prepared by a knowledgeable business attorney.
Mark always advocates for Arbitration Clauses: they will save you money, time and grief! If you end up going to a jury trial is it not safe to assume that a jury of your peers will NOT include business owners? The deck will be stacked against you before you even start. Small businesses that get caught up in litigation go out of business, they can’t afford the expense of business litigation.
Don’t let this be you! Call Mark Holmes for an expert business attorney based in Newport Beach.