SINGLETON LAW OFFICES - Eric Singleton, Attorney
Jared M.Feb 23, 2018Verified
Eric has been awesome during this whole process and helped me achieve my financial goals. He has a great team working with him and he offered the best price. I will recommend him to anyone needing this type of help. He took a lot of time to get to know me and my situation and I felt great about moving forward with my BK especially after meeting with some other lame attorneys that only had their best interest in mind. Thanks Eric and Lacey!!!!!May 17, 2016Verified
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Years in business25
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?If you own a small business, at the very least, you will need a lawyer (or lawyers) with the following skills. 1. Contracts. You will need a lawyer who can understand your business quickly; prepare the standard form contracts you will need with customers, clients and suppliers; and help you respond to contracts that other people will want you to sign. 2. Business organizations. You will need a lawyer who can help you decide whether a corporation or limited liability company (LLC) is the better way to organize your business, and prepare the necessary paperwork. 3. Real estate. Leases of commercial space--such as offices and retail stores--are highly complex and are always drafted to benefit the landlord. Because they tend to be "printed form" documents, you may be tempted to think they are not negotiable. Not so. Your attorney should have a standard "tenant's addendum," containing provisions that benefit you, that can be added to the printed form lease document. 4. Taxes and licenses. Although your accountant will prepare and file your business tax returns each year, your lawyer should know how to register your business for federal and state tax identification numbers, and understand the tax consequences of the more basic business transactions in which your business will engage. 5. Intellectual property. If you are in a media, design or other creative-type business, it is certainly a "plus" if your lawyer can help you register your products and services for federal trademark and copyright protection. Generally, though, these tasks are performed by specialists who do nothing but "intellectual property" legal work. If your lawyer says he or she "specializes in small businesses," then he or she should have a close working relationship with one or more intellectual property specialist.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?America's judicial system is a lot like a Roach Motel--it's easy to get into court, but very difficult to get out once you've been "trapped." While nobody likes to pay attorneys' fees (heck, let's be honest--nobody likes paying or dealing with lawyers, period), but the fee a lawyer will charge to keep you out of trouble is only a small fraction of the fee a lawyer will charge to get you out of trouble once it's happened.