Valuable Services - Commercial and Business
If you are wondering whether you should consult an attorney regarding a commercial or business dispute, consider the following services that a dispute resolution attorney can provide:
Investigate and determine whether the circumstances of your case require the representation of an attorney as a matter of law. In many circumstances, in litigation, business entities must be represented by an attorney.
Review and analyze all available documentation that you, your agent or your transactional attorney can provide about the transaction(s), business(es) and the dispute (i.e., operating agreements, by-laws, contracts, notices, etc.) so that informed recommendations and decisions can be made.
Take immediate steps through court and/or administrative processes, as appropriate, to protect assets, interests, rights, trade secrets and confidential information.
Investigate the legal status of all involved business entities.
Investigate and identify possible concerns regarding business and professional licenses and evaluate the impact of such licensing concerns on the dispute.
Identify possibilities for insurance coverage (i.e., employee dishonesty insurance, commercial auto insurance, home-based business insurance, errors and omissions/professional liability insurance, business interruption insurance, umbrella insurance, other forms of liability insurance, etc.)
Identify responsible parties and possible remedies including, in some cases, complaints that could be filed against licensed individuals and claims that could be made against guaranty funds administered by various agencies of the State of Maryland.
Research and identify the applicable law.
Research public records, coordinate civil cases with parallel criminal cases, conduct, as appropriate, witness interviews and/or identify experts (i.e., forensic accountants, appraisers, actuarial experts, etc.), depending upon the needs of a particular case.
Provide you with straightforward advice at the outset and throughout the course of a case about its strengths and weaknesses based on the information then known, so that you can make informed decisions to resolve some or all issues and/or to surgically target issues of particular concern.
Resolve cases through negotiation if that is possible and/or pursue mediation if the parties have agreed to mediate, because litigation is the least efficient means of resolving disputes.
Take cases to mediation if that is appropriate, inasmuch as mediation can be an effective tool to reach informal resolutions in cases, including those that may be particularly difficult to settle.
Prepare and pursue a case in court or in arbitration if it cannot be resolved informally.
Colin Powell once said “[t]here are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” Following the above planning and preparation tips and consulting with counsel can help you learn from the failures of others to help better protect your interests on your road to success.
A lawyer has years of training and expertise in the law. Consulting a lawyer will help you analyze your options under the facts of your particular case to help you obtain the best possible result.