The non-lawyer lawyer who will help you protect your business…
I’d like to think I’m the anti-lawyer, an attorney with the expertise and the skill set to get you legally compliant and protect your business, but with a minimal amount of legalese, no billable hours, and an attitude of “let’s get this done as quickly and painlessly as possible,” so you can get back to running your business.
I’m a solopreneur too and understand the struggle of trying to balance a million different things. Legal unfortunately falls to the bottom of the priority list for so many entrepreneurs, something you plan to get to at some vague point in the future. Unfortunately, not prioritizing legal means your website is likely not compliant, leaving you vulnerable to fines. In addition, not having the right contracts in place means you’re unprotected in the event of a dispute. What if a client is dissatisfied with your coaching program and sues you, claiming you promised her results and didn’t deliver? What if you design a beautiful website for a client who then ghosts you without paying you? It is critically important to get your legal ducks in a row ASAP to protect yourself and your business.
A Little About Me
While I sometimes appreciated the intellectual challenge of working in a law firm, and the knowledge and expertise gained is invaluable, it never was a great fit for my personality. Riding a horse through the Cuban countryside or deposing a small business owner just trying to do the right thing for 8 hours? Can’t call that a toss-up. My aha moment/breaking point (depending on your perspective) was in the parking garage after such a deposition, where I got in the car and said out loud “not anymore.” Cringing at my own melodrama now, but I left law firm life shortly after. I started my own location-independent business so I could travel the world (check out my travel pics + legal tips on @solivagant_legal), be my own boss, and help a larger number of people than I could when I was practicing law. One of my happiest solopreneur moments to date was packing up and donating all of my suits and “court clothes.”
In addition to helping entrepreneurs, I started Follicly Challenged to help women experiencing hair loss.
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