legalese on these documents gets denser as sued parties attempt to reassert control. If the average person doesn't understand a basic user contract for an internet site like Facebook, how is he expected to know what's been inserted into his rental contract as a disincentive for his company ever to sever the relationship? No one wants to sign a lease from the Hotel California, after all.
At the outset of your business, you should consult an attorney about the legal basics of business formation. A number of things can be done without a lawyer's involvement. You don't need a lawyer to name your business, claim a trademark, hire employees, create buy-sell agreements, or file initial paperwork, but the Small Business Administration recommends consulting a lawyer to:
- Form a corporation
- File a patent
- Buy or sell a business
- Handle litigation
Particularly when dealing with litigation, it's advisable to have an attorney who is already familiar with your business and, preferably, has the kind of clout necessary to intimidate instigators of frivolous lawsuits or ambulance chasing. If you have not yet consulted an attorney to represent your business at least in times of legal necessity, start asking around for recommendations now - because when you need one, you really need one.