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Every survey taken about the business climate and the best place to start a profession puts Florida at or near the top. If you’re looking for a good place to start your small company, Florida should be high on your list, according to a new study by the consumer website NerdWallet. As Daytona Beach business lawyers, we know that our state was ranked as the “seventh-most-entrepreneurial” overall with 3.7 percent small company growth from 2010 to 2013 (Florida was fourth in this category) and 56.4 percent growth in SBA loans per 100,000 people from 2012-2015 (Florida was eighth in this category). If you’re starting up a small company or buying an existing small business in Volusia, Flagler, Orange, or Seminole County, it’s imperative. From the beginning, you must have the sound legal advice that an experienced Daytona Beach small business lawyer can provide.

A good small company lawyer can help a new company owner step-by-step with setting up a profession structure, drafting the company plan and the necessary legal documents, and making sure that your company is legally protected and legally compliant. If you hire employees, you’ll need advice about hiring practices, employee rights, and wage-and-hour regulations. A small business lawyer can also offer commercial registered agent services. Your company attorney can help you avoid lawsuits, and if you are still taken to court by an ex-employee, client, contractor, or customer, you’ll be vigorously defended. If you need to file a business-related lawsuit, you’ll be aggressively represented.

Frankly, every new profession owner needs to develop a close working relationship with an attorney you like, someone that you’re comfortable with and trust. The more an attorney can learn about you and your profession , the better that attorney will be able to serve you. If you’re a new profession owner or about to become one – or if you own an established business and need legal advice and/or services – don’t wait. Contact an experienced Daytona Beach small business lawyer as quickly as possible.

By: Melody Lankford
After graduating from Davidson College, Melody Lankford earned her J.D. from Florida State University’s College of Law in 2004 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. Ms. Lankford joined Raydon Corporation as in-house counsel in 2004. She worked there until 2012, when she founded the Lankford Law Firm. She is an experienced Daytona Beach small business attorney who offers sound legal counsel and experience-based insights to her business clients.

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