Should You Hire a Business Lawyer? 6 Questions Debunked

This is the first post in a series of legal related articles written by FreshBooks customer and small business expert Nellie Akalp, who is the CEO of – an online legal document filing service.

If you’ve ever wondered if you’d be better off saving your money and handling legal matters on your own, you need to read this post. While I certainly don’t have anything against lawyers (I’m married to one and I myself graduated law school back in 1998), there are times when attorneys are overused in business – and those unnecessary retainer fees and high hourly rates can really sting the small business budget.

The following recommendations tackle commonly asked questions to help you identify which legal business activities can be addressed independently and which really do require expert legal help:

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