Preventative Law Program
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventative Law Program™: The Small Business Equalizer Preventative maintenance: People and businesses practice it in many areas such asheating and air conditioning, cars and copy machines, but rarely if ever do they do it withlegal issues. Why not? What is Preventative Law? It is the use of legal services and advice before a problem arises. It is a proactiveapproach to handling ones legal affairs as opposed to the traditional reactive approach.Instead of reaching out to a lawyer to react after a problem arises, it is the proactive step ofconsulting a lawyer before something happens in order to prevent it from happening. Large corporations have always had access to substantial in-house legal departmentsto perform this vital function. Small businesses have been left to fend for themselves,often times without access to legal representation at the times it can provide the mostbenefit. Brown & Roberts’ Preventative Law Program™ (“PLP™”) will changethis. Due to the cost of legal services and hassles related to obtaining them, businessesoften wait until a legal issue becomes dire before seeking an attorney. At that point, theamount of assistance an attorney can render is substantially constrained. The PLP™provides the opportunity for legal help which may avoid the legal problems altogether orput the business in the strongest position to succeed despite the issues. What is the PLP™? It is a month-to-month agreement1 which provides access tolegal resources at a reduced rate and a fixed fee. Although the cost varies some by the sizeof business, the general plan is a fixed monthly fee for all non-litigation work, including: • preparation of collection letters and negotiation of a resolution, • response to collection letters and negotiation of a resolution, • contract review and drafting, preparation and negotiation, • preparation and review of policies and procedures, • preparation of corporate minutes, resolutions and biennial reports, and • consultation on any other legal issue including, but not limited to, landlord/tenant issues, franchisee/franchisor issues and employer/employee issues. Additionally, businesses participating in the PLP™ get a reduced hourly billingrate on litigation work.1 There are also options for longer term plans and a resulting discount in costs.