If your business has faced a lawsuit in the past, you know how stressful and expensive the entire process can be. But there are some basic steps you can take to protect your business. While you can't always avoid a lawsuit, you can prevent many problems before they happen if you're proactive.
Keep All Agreements in Writing
While doing business on a handshake and someone's good word is a nice idea, keeping all of your business agreements in writing is essential in today's business world. A skilled business attorney can help you draft standard contracts, vendor agreements, sales and supplier contracts, and employment agreements you need. Once you have these in place, you need to use them consistently and keep accurate records. Keeping files for personnel, contracts, clients or customers, and vendors with your contracts, emails, and written notes of any phone conversations can keep you out of legal hot water. If you have a written record of every agreement, it will be much easier to avoid unintended conflicts.
Adopt Good Employment Practices
Employment law is complicated and nuanced. In California, both state and federal laws govern discrimination, harassment, and privacy for your employees, and familiarity with these laws is essential. An experienced California business law attorney can help ensure your business is compliant and offer training for human resource professionals and managers.
Make Sure You're Fully Insured
Even the most conscientious of businesses can sometimes run into trouble. Whether it's an accident in a warehouse or a rogue employee violating your business's workplace human resource standards, sometimes problems are unavoidable. If you fully insure your business for any possible issues, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your business won't be left holding the bag for unintended consequences. Insurance coverage you may want to consider can include:
- Business Owners Policy
- General Liability Insurance
- Commercial Auto Insurance
- Professional Liability Insurance
- Umbrella Insurance
Live Up to Your Reputation
Probably the single most important thing you can do to avoid lawsuits is to ensure that you protect your business's reputation. Live up to your agreements. Deliver what you agreed to deliver. Maintain the highest personnel standards. Make mistakes right. When accidents happen, having a great reputation can often carry your business through conflict.
Hire an Experienced Southern California Business Lawyer
If you're facing a lawsuit against your business, or if you'd like to discuss how you can prevent one in the future, attorney John Marshall can help. Contact us online or give us a call at 949-724-1116 to schedule your consultation.