Secret Advice From An Attorney

Having legal help with your business is usually considered a luxury. You only need an attorney when you’re picking up the pieces after something bad happens. It makes better business sense to have an attorney help you out before something goes crazy wrong. Your business is your money maker, you should protect it and you.

Hiring an attorney as an online entrepreneur? Here's what you need to know.

An attorney helps you avoid the really big headaches, the kind that cost you huge dollars.

What can an Attorney do for your online business? A ton!  How about those terms on how people use your website and privacy policy for information that’s collected, comments or email sign-ups.  Contracts are a must have to avoid giving away your hours, packages and products for free.  Protecting that tagline, logo, business name and course content, an attorney can help you make sense of that too.

Donata Kalnenaite of Agency Attorneys is sharing her knowledge nuggets on contracts and protecting your small business.  

She’s kicking the fear of working with attorneys to the curb.

Donata’s knowledge nugget:

Clients become familiar with what the legal jargon means and how to protect their rights.
Donata Kalnenaite

What DO YOU DO and WHO DO YOU HELP…

I’m a business transactional attorney that protects the work of graphic designers, software developers, agencies, small businesses and startups. I offer contracts that help protect my clients from being taken advantage of by their clients, I also offer website contracts, forming a business, and employment contracts.

RESULTS business owners can expect from working with you…

Business owners benefit from working with me because I ensure that their work is protected. They feel much more at ease when they have contracts in place. I take a collaborative approach to working with my clients so my clients become familiar with what all of that legal jargon means and how to protect their rights and their business. 

For kick ass success, people should have READY BEFORE HIRING OUT…

I think that people should get some answers ready. For example, a lot of people have never even asked their business partner what happens if one of them wants to leave the company. Having all the details figured out helps make the process go faster. However, there is a lot of value in also having an attorney give advice on what you should do in such cases so knowing it all before working with me is absolutely not a requirement. 

BEFORE THEY HIRE an Attorney I wish people …

Opened up their minds a little more and weren’t afraid of attorneys. We are just regular people who want to help. All of that legal jargon should not be scary because when we work together, you will learn what all of it means. I always strive to make my work with my clients both helpful and educational.

The BIGGEST MYTHS from people who want to hire out legal work, but don’t… 

MYTH #1: People think that they do not need a lawyer because they aren’t getting sued.

TRUTH: That’s absolutely incorrect. Yes, it is great that you are not getting sued, but you should hire an attorney to prevent you from getting sued in the future. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

MYTH #2:  People also think that lawyers are expensive and that they cannot afford such a luxury.

TRUTH: I once worked at a startup with almost no money; I know the hurt of shelling out hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That’s why I set my fees as affordable to small businesses and startups as I can. There is no point in us working together if my fees will bring your budget down to zero so your business can’t function anymore. My fees are reasonable and affordable.

Plus 5 More Common Myths you’ll want to know the truth about. 

What qualifies you for working on SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS?

I used to work in a software development startup where my job included handling everything from billing clients to technical project management. I understand the risks facing software development teams and client issues that come up frequently. I also know what a Statement of Work and CSS mean, so you won’t have to waste time explaining it.

A ROCK STAR CLIENT is…

One who listens. Tuning out your attorney is never a good idea, especially when we give you great advice on how to protect yourself and your business. My best clients listen to what I have to say and then ask questions for clarification of things that they don’t understand. I think that dynamic makes for the best client relationships.

FAVORITE PERSONAL OUTSOURCING WISH to make life magical… 

Cleaning my apartment, that would be wonderful.

FAVORITE WAY TO TAKE A BREAK in your business…

During the day I like to write and draw in my art journal. It really helps me think and take a step back to problem solve.

 

Donata’s deets to connect:

Donata Kalnenaite: agencyattorneys.com | Twitter @AgencyAttorneys