Businesses-whether big or small-demand so much from their proprietors. The right businesses can give back good profit and even good reputation to their respective brands and owners. However, we can’t deny that these babies are, shall we say, high maintenance. Although it’s better to manage your own business than sit on a desk 8 hours a day working for somebody else’s, more responsibilities also await you.
This matter is even closer to the heart when the business is family owned. There are small-time family businesses, and there are family businesses that have sprung into large corporations. But these businesses didn’t go too far without the help of a professional.
Among these professionals, a family lawyer is one big advantage. Of course, you can’t deny the great help of an effective public relations officer in building the image of your business. An excellent PR officer can single-handedly put your business on the map-and within your target market’s radar. However, a family lawyer can do so much more-both for your business and for your family. Aside from taking care of and managing the legal aspects of your business, you can also turn to your lawyer for advice about your family and the direction your business is going.
Because your family manages the business, there’s a possibility that some or all your children will have a role in the management. You can put your lawyer in charge of making sure that no or less conflict arise among siblings and other employed relatives. Sibling rivalry, such as, is a toxic relationship among families. A good, friendly competition does not hurt. But one spiced up with jealousy and bitterness will only ruin the family (and perhaps the business as well) you carefully built.
Juggling family and business matters is hard work for a lawyer. That’s why, as your business evolves, so is the number of your lawyers. Eventually, if you keep getting good Return on Investment, there’s a great chance that your small family business will turn into a corporation. Running a corporation is so much harder and complicated. You have to deal with shareholders and their respective lawyers. And that’s even just a percentage of your responsibilities. If you have a set of lawyers, you will not only be more organized and detailed with your business matters. You will also appear strong-not easily penetrated by forces that wish to take advantage.
However, no matter how many lawyers you use, you have to keep the most trustworthy among the bunch within your reach. Excellence is not enough. There must be mutual trust. With trust, comes loyalty. And with loyalty, comes honesty and friendship. Don’t be fooled by empty words of praise. A lawyer with a motive will do anything to make that motive. You have to train yourself to tell lying from honesty. You have to know how to tell whether a lawyer really cares about your family and your business or will bail out at the slightest inconvenience.