Business professionals often seek the guidance of trusted attorneys for numerous reasons and in all different scenarios. However, a major concern for these individuals and especially for smaller business owners is the cost involved with hiring a lawyer, who might be wary about the cost of basic calls, asking for legal advice. While ongoing costs can be significant, it is critical to remember that not consulting a qualified legal professional can be considerably more expensive. Therefore, it is often prudent for these professionals and business owners to consider placing an experienced attorney on a retainer. Essentially, this is a continuing payment for services to be performed that is intended to ensure the lawyer will represent your legal interests. For example, Roanoke’s Law Firm of Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico is the designated legal counsel for several businesses, including a local heating and air conditioning service.
While this particular business owner does not always have the need for legal advice or representation, he treats his retainer expense as a form of insurance for a further need. A simple phone call seeking advice does not result in an additional bill. Recently, the man ran into some difficulty collecting a payment from a customer. In an effort to review his available options, he consulted with attorney Rick Derrico, who was able to explain the process of pursuing a mechanic’s lien against the delinquent customer, and discussed the likelihood of its effectiveness. As a result of this proprietor’s forethought, the cost of this consultation, as well as following-up with a legal recourse, has already been covered, saving him time and effort by freeing him to ask for legal advice without worrying about further billing.
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