Susan L. Beecher, Attorney for Families and Small Business in Kent, Washington
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Understanding the legal needs of entrepreneurs and changing families

Small business

 

Most small business owners dread the expense of consulting an attorney about the legal challenges their enterprises face. Often, it is tempting to wait until the last minute, when small problems have grown into serious threats to the company. Many entrepreneurs worry that attorneys are inflexible about considering creative options when crafting legal solutions.

 

Based on my own years of experience as a business owner, I apply an approach that is both practical and cost effective, and work with my clients to develop strategies that keep legal costs low through prevention and early intervention.

 

A business that will not innovate will not grow. The law does not forbid innovation, and neither should lawyers. Some business activities simply are not legal, and no amount of innovation will make them so. For all other types of business, there are usually lawful and ethical ways to help entrepreneurs achieve their objectives, and to avoid the phrase, "You can't do that".

 

Families

 

Dissolving a marriage, domestic partnership, or even a long term, committed relationship can be one of the most stressful events that anyone faces. If children are involved, the experience becomes even more difficult. People facing the legal decisions that come with these changes will usually be more comfortable with the experience and more satisfied with the result if they can rely on an attorney who understands the importance of listening and of tailoring an approach that will best meet the particular needs of the family that is changing.

 

If the members of the couple that is splitting have been earning their living together in a shared business, the parties involved face special challenges involving both business and family law. Such clients benefit by working with an attorney with a clear understanding of both areas of law.

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We must not make a scarecrow of the law,
Setting it up to fear the birds of prey,
And keep it one shape, till custom make it
Their perch and not their terror.
 
William Shakespeare

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