In our experience, we find that many local businesses make one of two common mistakes. They either have a current law firm that they pay too much to do too little or have an in-house assistant or bookkeeper handle legal matters.
In the current business climate, law firms should be willing to structure their pricing to fit their clients needs. We do. We are upfront about our pricing and strive to routinely beat our competition’s rates. We also handle many projects on a flat fee basis, so there are no surprises with billing.
While many matters can be handled in-house by a business, this presents two major problems. First, it takes the employee away from their primary responsibility of running the business and making profits. Second, when dealing with real legal issues, a non-lawyer can quickly get in over their head and cost the company valuable time and money.
Our goal is to make our firm a valuable partner in our clients’ businesses and provide a service that saves both time and money. To ensure that we are working at our clients’ schedules, not the other way around, all business clients have access to our lawyers via cellphone and during non-traditional office hours.
Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys offer business law and litigation services in Gainesville, Georgia and surrounding areas and represent many businesses regarding:
Contracts: The words on the paper mean something. Are they fair to you? When considering a contact, sometimes, just a basic contract review can save a business a major headache. Let our lawyers see if there are any provisions that could be a major pitfall for your business.
Contract Litigation: If the parties cannot agree on the meaning of a contract or the responsibilities under the contract, then litigation, arbitration or mediation may be required. Whether you just want the other side to know a lawyer is involved or whether you want a jury trial on the issue, we can sit you down, discuss your options and get to work.
Small Claims: Whether you are being sued or want to pursue someone in GA small claims court, it is always a good idea to have a lawyer. Some courts require that a corporation hire a lawyer. We can discuss the costs and benefits of pursuing legal action and the requirements needed to win.
Covenants Not to Compete: The legal restrictions on former employees is a rapidly changing area of the law. It is important to know the new rules when drafting an agreement for a valued employee or if a disputes arises after the fact. We have experience representing both employers and employees in the challenging area.
Billing and Collection: Nobody likes working for free. If you have not been paid, what are you going to do about it? In our experience, simply having a lawyer on your side is a valuable negotiating advantage when trying to collect. If the threat of litigation does not resolve the matter, then, we can take the matter to court and pursue the debtor in post-judgment collection.
Fraudulent Transfers and Fraudulent Conveyances: John Breakfield was one of the first lawyers in North Georgia to take a Fraudulent Transfer/ Fraudulent Conveyance to trial under the new law. We understand the complex issue of debt avoidance by allegedly transferring assets and can either defend or pursue a party.
Employee Theft: More and more businesses pay someone to watch the bottom line and trust that the person is doing the right thing. Unfortunately, many times, that trust is betrayed with employees embezzling money and stealing from their employer. To add insult to injury, many law enforcement agencies claim that the matter is a ‘civil matter’ and not a criminal one.
Our goal is to try and negotiate a pretrial resolution to our client’s satisfaction, or to fully litigate the matter via a jury trial. All while keeping our clients informed on the progress, cost and potential outcomes.
For more information on business litigation services from Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys, contact our office today.
Author: John Breakfield
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Breakfield & Associates, Attorneys
539 Green Street NW
Gainesville, GA 30501