Thursday, May 26, 2011

Advice for business: Hire an attorney (Tennessean)

A small business just starting out needs a "strong three-legged stool to support it," columnist Jeff Cornwall writes. "The three legs should consist of a strong attorney, a CPA and a business banker." Cornwall explains why it's best not to do-it-yourself when it comes to these jobs.

Chris Sloan, an attorney with the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, weighs in saying that the best way to avoid a nasty business breakup later is with an agreement that addresses issues like decision-making, dispute resolution, what happens if someone dies or wants to leave, and how and when to shut or sell the business. "With a good agreement, you accomplish two things," Sloan says. "First, you avoid a dispute down the road, and second, you have a chance to preserve the personal relationships."

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