Seeking sound legal advice when buying a business opportunity is a critical step one should take before signing anything. Consultation with a legal expert who can answer your questions while guiding you is worth the time and money. In addition, legal experts can review and evaluate documents before you sign them, helping you to avoid any overlooked and potential pitfalls. Equally important, legal experts can potentially help you negotiate the terms and/or agreements to better suit your specific needs. So to reiterate, seek legal advice before signing anything and taking a giant leap into becoming a business owner.
Here are a few great places to start your legal search. SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” offers business advice free of charge on its website (www.score.org), as well as, in-person assistance through its hundreds of local branches across the U.S. Also, they can recommend legal experts in your area who may be able to assist you with your specific needs. www.LegalZoom.com is one of the foremost on-line resources for legal services of all sorts. There is a new web site on the block called www.Legal.com that offers various sources and ways to search out legal advice.
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Data sources: U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Department of Labor; Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., Chicago, IL (May 21, 2007, press release).