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Business / Entrepreneurship

If you are a small business owner, you often need a business lawyer to help get you started. Business lawyers can help you with every aspect of this process including forming, incorporating, and registering your business with your state. You may need help running your business, help with the legal aspects of managing employees, making business agreements, protecting your intellectual property, and handling disputes that arise. An experienced business lawyer can advise you on these and other issues. 

Business / Entrepreneurship Case Type

Do you need help negotiating or drafting a contract to finalize a business agreement? A business lawyer can create a binding contract and can make certain that your deal complies with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
If your business has debt it is unable to pay, the first step is to negotiate with your business partners directly. Another option is to file for bankruptcy protection in federal court, to eliminate debt. A LawChamps bankruptcy lawyer can help you navigate this process.
Business lawyers can help resolve disputes between a business and a customer, or between two businesses before they turn into a lawsuit. Once a lawsuit is filed, a LawChamps business lawyer will handle negotiations with opposing counsel and will appear in court on your behalf.
If you are hiring an employee, a potential employee or a consultant to your business, a LawChamps business lawyer can put the terms of that agreement in writing to protect your rights and your business’s confidential information and intellectual property. Employment laws vary state to state, but a business lawyer in your state can help you navigate the appropriate rules and regulations.

A LawChamps business lawyer can also help you make the right decisions on how to classify your employees and help you navigate the policies and benefits that are common in your area and industry. Additionally, they can help you with appropriate trainings, conduct any internal investigations and assist with any separation procedures you may need.
An experienced tax lawyer can help you with your tax planning and filing, which is important because, as a small business, you will have to pay federal, state and local taxes. You will need to consider income, franchise and/or gross receipts taxes, state taxes on certain products and services you might sell, property taxes, estimating and paying owner’s or self-employed taxes, employment and payroll taxes, and more — all of which a LawChamps tax lawyer can help you evaluate.
Most likely, your business has valuable intellectual property that needs to be protected. A LawChamps business lawyer can assist you in doing so by filing for trademarks and trade dress (to protect your brand identifiers), trade secrets (to protect your confidential information), copyright (to protect creative literary and artistic works), or otherwise. A LawChamps business lawyer can also help you license the right to use your intellectual property. If your business is having a dispute about the use of your intellectual property, a LawChamps business lawyer can help you resolve that dispute as well.
Most likely, your business has valuable intellectual property that needs to be protected. A LawChamps business lawyer can assist by filing for patent protection for any inventions you or your employees have created for business purposes. A LawChamps business lawyer can also help you license the right to use your patented technology. If your business is having a dispute about the creation or use of your patented technology, a LawChamps business lawyer can help you resolve that dispute as well.
A LawChamps business lawyer can help you make the right choices in getting started launching your business. Before you start doing business, you will need to decide what form of business you want to establish. A LawChamps business lawyer can help you create the required formation and incorporation documents, formalize any agreements between co-owners, register as a business entity in your state, obtain any needed licenses, and draft any needed policies and procedures regarding how the business will be run.
Do you need help negotiating or drafting a contract to finalize a business agreement? A LawChamps business lawyer is there to help accomplish that while protecting your rights. 
If you are hiring an employee, a potential employee or a consultant to your business, a LawChamps business lawyer can put the terms of that agreement in writing to protect your rights and your business’s confidential information and intellectual property. In some states, business lawyers can help draft a confidentiality agreement that protects your proprietary information among other (through a non-disclosure agreement or “NDA”), and to ensure that an employee will not compete with you or go to work for a direct competitor (a “non-compete”). 
If you run a consumer-facing business, especially if you collect and store information about your customers, you will need to create and follow policies that comply with consumer protection laws. An experienced LawChamps business lawyer can advise you about the appropriate laws, rules and regulations and can draft privacy policies and data protection agreements for your business.
If you run a consumer-facing business, you will need to create customer service policies and inform your customers about the terms of doing business with you. An experienced LawChamps business lawyer can advise you about any consumer protection laws you need to follow and help you craft policies and agreements that are keeping with your industry standards.
In the current business climate, it is especially important to carefully review and negotiate any lease you enter for your business. Similarly, if you need to renegotiate or break your lease, it is important to have an experienced real estate attorney on your side. Your LawChamps real estate lawyer can help you with leases and subleases, security deposits, and related real estate taxes, among other issues.

Family

Family Law is relationship law. Your state will have a set of default rules and expectations governing your rights and obligations towards your family members, which a LawChamps family lawyer will know. You also need to understand these rules because they will define your relationships unless you take steps to legally protect yourself and your loved ones.

If you are growing your family, through marriage, guardianship or adoption, congratulations! A 
LawChamps family laywer can help. If you are separating or divorcing, most likely, you also need to consult with a family lawyer. A LawChamps family lawer will understand the rules and customs in your state and can help you navigate marriage and marital agreements, divorce, child custody, adoption and guardianship, domestic violence restraining orders, support obligations, and more.

Family Case Type

Divorce is the process by which a marriage is legally dissolved, marital assets are divided, support obligations are set, and child custody is established. Your LawChamps divorce lawyer will handle this process for you and fight for your rights.
If you get divorced, sometimes the higher-earning spouse will need to pay spousal support for a period of time. Your LawChamps family law attorney that specializes in divorce law can work to protect your rights and ensure that appropriate spousal support is set.
Your LawChamps family law lawyer can help if you need to establish a custody arrangement for your child or a visitation schedule with the child’s other parent. Additionally, your LawChamps family law lawyer can help if you need assistance setting or adjusting your child support payments, or collecting overdue payments from your child’s other parent.
Adoption is the process by which an adult assumes parental rights over a child. Guardianship is the process by which an adult assumes legal rights (but not full parental rights) over a child. The adult will act as the guardian for the child, on a temporary or ongoing basis, as needed.

Your family law lawyer can help you petition the court for adoption or guardianship and protect your rights to care for those you love.
Your LawChamps family law attorney can help you if there has been physical abuse within a close relationship and you need to apply to the court for a protective order or restraining order preventing the other party from being near you or contacting you or your children. 

Alternatively, if someone has gone into court requesting a protective order or restraining order against you on the grounds of domestic violence or abuse, it is important to defend yourself.

A LawChamps family law attorney will fight to protect you and your rights.

Criminal Defense

A criminal defense lawyer will defend you if you have been arrested and face criminal charges, need help to negotiate a plea bargain, face trial by the government, or need to appear at a sentencing hearing. If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, an expungement lawyer may be able to expunge your criminal records or have them sealed, depending on your age, the nature of your offense, and whether you have complied with the terms of your probation or sentence.

Criminal Defense Case Type

A DUI or Driving Under the Influence offense occurs when someone drives with prohibited amounts of alcohol in their bloodstream. Some states instead charge drivers with DWI or Driving While Intoxicated. Consequences include fines, the loss of your license, or even jail time.

A LawChamps DUI/DWI lawyer will help defend you and protect your rights.
A criminal record can limit your ability to secure gainful employment, housing, and professional licenses. If you want your criminal record expunged or sealed, a LawChamps criminal lawyer can help. They may be able to get an arrest or conviction removed from your record or seal your records so that they are not publicly available. 
A LawChamps criminal defense lawyer can defend you if you have been arrested, need help with a plea bargain, trial or sentencing. If you aren’t sure what you have been charged with or what to do after you have been arrested with criminal charges, it is best to consult a criminal defense lawyer.

Felonies are considered to be more serious crimes than misdemeanors and are punished more severely, by hefty fines and usually jail time.  If you have been charged with a felony, a LawChamps criminal defense lawyer will fight for you and protect your rights.
A LawChamps criminal defense lawyer can defend you if you have been charged with a misdemeanor and need help with a plea bargain, trial, or sentencing. If you aren’t sure what you have been charged with or what to do after you have been arrested with criminal charges, it is best to consult a criminal defense lawyer.

Misdemeanors are the category of crimes that typically receive less severe penalties, usually fines of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. A LawChamps criminal defense lawyer can help defend you if you face a misdemeanor charge, fight for you and protect your rights.

Real Estate/Housing

If you own a home, rent a home, or are simply someone who is using or living on a piece of property, then you most likely have legal rights to protect, which is where a real estate lawyer comes in.

An experienced real estate lawyer will help you understand your rights as a landlord or a tenant, make a plan if you are having a rent dispute or other dispute, will negotiate for you, or even appear in court on your behalf. A real estate lawyer near you will understand your local housing market, the laws and customs that govern your property rights, and can help you navigate the process.

Real Estate/Housing Case Type

A LawChamps real estate lawyer can help you with landlord-tenant, rent & eviction disputes. This includes issues involving rent, late or overdue rent, rent control, security deposits, nuisance issues (such as noise), the condition of the property, evictions, or other issues. A LawChamps real estate lawyer can represent you and protect your interests in these matters.

 
If you are a homeowner behind on your mortgage payments and the lender is threatening to foreclose on the mortgage and repossess the property to settle the debt, you have rights, including the right to ask for a loan restructuring or other relief. Your LawChamps real estate lawyer can help protect your rights and your home, and help you navigate the process.
If you are a homeowner and owe back property taxes and are facing penalties or collections, or have received a property tax assessment that you need to have adjusted because you believe it overstates the value of your property, a LawChamps real estate lawyer can help. 
Commercial real estate is property used for a business purpose. Your LawChamps real estate lawyer can help you with purchases and sales of commercial property, leases and subleases, zoning, development, and taxes, among other issues.
Your LawChamps real estate lawyer will understand your local housing market, the laws and customs that govern what you can expect, and can help you navigate your market and achieve a successful purchase or sale.

Your LawChamps real estate lawyer can help you with purchases and sales of residential property, leases and subleases, zoning, development, disputes between neighbors, and property taxes, amongst other issues.

Estate Planning

Using an estate lawyer to help you with estate planning is essential to help you make sure your end-of-life wishes are honored, to avoid probate and certain fees and taxes, and to establish an executor for your estate. Estate planning will protect your family and loved ones from uncertainty and help them financially. 

If you have minor children, you need to plan for their continued care in case you are not able to care for them. You also need to make a plan to ensure your spouse or partner has rights to your money, property, and other assets when you die. 

A Law Champs estate lawyer will advise you and help you make a plan that's right for you and your family.

Estate Planning Case Type

A conservatorship is when you need to take over the affairs of an elderly or disabled adult because they cannot take care of themselves. A LawChamps conservatorship lawyer can help you with petitioning the court for a temporary or permanent conservatorship.
A financial power of attorney gives someone of your choice the authority to handle your financial affairs. A LawChamps lawyer can draft this document and retain a copy to ensure that these permissions are in place.
If a family manner has died without a will or trust, you will need help settling the estate. The estate will be sent to probate, to be administered by the court. There will be fees and taxes that will need to be paid before the estate is settled, and these can be significant. Hiring a LawChamps estate lawyer can prevent probate or help you through the probate process.
A trust will protect your assets and property and pass them on in keeping with your wishes when you die. You can also set up a trustee or executor to administer your estate in accordance with your wishes. A trust avoids probate, which can be expensive and time-consuming. A LawChamps estate lawyer can help you make an estate plan and can take steps to ensure your loved ones avoid probate and that your wishes are followed.
A health care directive puts your health care wishes in writing, in case you are ever unable to speak for yourself. This document, drawn up by an estate attorney, gives instructions on what extraordinary medical efforts you want taken on your behalf, if any, and your instructions for end-of-life care. It is important because without clear written direction from you, your loved ones can be at odds with each other, and/or the hospital’s policies, regarding difficult medical decisions that need to be made.
A will goes into effect after you die to pass your assets and property in keeping with your wishes. If you do nothing else, set up a simple will with a LawChamps estate lawyer because otherwise, the default laws and customs of your state — not you — will determine who receives your property and raises your children.

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