What legal service can we help you with?
Try our Short Legal Advice
Some people are just getting started and know what they want to do, but not where to start. If you are in this position, a short conversation or email with one of our lawyers can help to point you in the right direction so you know what you need to do immediately, and what can wait until later, giving you peace of mind. For example – If you come up with an idea for a new website, you may want some guidance to avoid any potential pitfalls in what you want to do. A short advice will help to identify how to avoid potential copyright breaches and still achieve your objective, before spending a fortune on website development.
Short Legal Advice
You might have a couple of very specific legal questions about your next step, and just want to double check that you are doing the right thing, the right way so that you can move forward with confidence. For example – You want to add a new business name to you business as well as register a trade mark. There is already a registered company name that was very similar, and quite a few trade marks using the same words. We are able to talk through the variations to the business name that would be accepted for registration, and how to register the trade mark you aim for by using the appropriate classes of mark.
Got the big picture and struggling with the detail? If you know what you want to achieve but are struggling with the steps to get there we can help you work through the essential legal foundations for your grand idea and plan for your future. We can help you work to a legal budget based on your risk appetite and business income. Don’t know what your risk appetite is? Simple! Your risk appetite is the amount of risk (money/time/potential legal claims) you are willing to accept to meet your business mission, goals or objectives. For example – You are building a new online business with absolute minimum start-up capital, taking a ‘punt’ on whether or not it would actually make money. You know what you want to build, but not what pitfalls might be in the way. We are able to come up with a plan identifying what was essential to get started, what would be nice to have once the business income reached a certain level, and what you must put in place once the income reached a point where you would be really unhappy about losing it! Try our free Website Legal Audit
I once saw some research that suggested every business, even the best business in the world, needed to be prepared to cope with complaints or dissatisfaction from at least 3% of customers. Maybe your customers are very happy with you, but you are struggling with a supplier. Whatever the problem is, getting legal advice quickly before you contact the other party and really mess things up, can save you time and money in the long run. For example – You have received a complaint and demand for refund of $3000 from a customer directly, follow up with a request for explanation from Consumer Affairs. We will be able to help you put together correspondence with the customer that protected your position and offere a reasonable settlement.
Business Contracts and Business Agreements
Have you ever read legal agreements that may as well have been written in a foreign language? What about having a laugh at the legal terms companies like Virgin put together?
Our preference is to work with clients to craft agreements or website terms that suit their business image, rather than be restricted by legalese. You should be able to easily understand every legal agreement you are a party to. For example – You want to work with a couple of other people to create a website and training program that they could promote around the country. One of the other parties has the expertise in training, one in web development and one in marketing. We are able to put together an agreement that made sense to all of them, as well as clearly setting out everyone’s different responsibilities and how the joint venture could be dissolved if anyone wanted out at different stages. Looking for help to buy or sell your online business? More here…
Legal Review of Your Business Deal
Can you imagine getting the best business proposal you’ve ever had and wanting to grab it with both hands right there, without thoroughly considering your position? When the deal of a lifetime comes through the door you want someone who has the experience and understands your emotional involvement to review it, and tell you how you can have it all. For example – You come across a fantastic deal and before moving forward with the process, we are able to give you a list of questions for the other party to help clarify exactly what the deal would look like in practice. So that both you and the other party will both got what you are aiming for in the deal… and the legal contract we put together was easy for all parties to understand.