Flexible On-Demand Legal Services
We're Your In-House General Counsel
ESQx is often retained by small businesses to act as their outside general counsel, as many of these companies either do not need a full-time attorney or do not have the resources to retain one. Outside general counsel provides a range of expertise to assist clients in their day-to-day business operations. We also routinely encourage fixed fee arrangements to allow our clients to have certainty with regard to legal costs.
The operational complexities of running a small business require both breadth and depth. Due to the wide range of our business experience of ESQx, we are uniquely positioned to provide well-rounded general counsel services to small businesses and sole proprietorships. We advise on business management, business strategy, employment matters, regulatory compliance, and contracts. We also offer a cost-effective monthly subscription Small Business Package to dedicate our time to one client as part-time general counsel.
We're There For You
What We Do
- Legal Plan Modeling and Goals Assessments
- General Business Counseling & Support
- Day-to-Day Advising
- Plain English Reference Guides and Annotated Agreements
- On-Demand Accessibility
- Mediation & Dispute Resolution Support
Common General Counsel Projects
Assist in all aspects of employment law, including the drafting of employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. We also assist with other HR and legal/compliance-related issues, such as employee handbooks, implementing non-discrimination policies, and addressing loyalty incentive programs.
Drafting and negotiating vendor and services agreements, including the writing of form documents for use by the client and responding to form documents provided by counterparties. These agreements range from simple agreements with potential vendors, to master services agreements between sophisticated parties maintaining a complex business relationship.
Ensure that sales and marketing-related activities are compliant with applicable laws and regulations, such as with broker-dealers and registered investment advisors, and provide guidance on limiting potential risks associated with marketing activities, such as drafting appropriate disclosures and disclaimers.
Corporate governance-related tasks, including forming new entities (such as subsidiaries/affiliates), drafting operating agreements/bylaws, and complying with the formalities of operating a legal entity, such as the use of board minutes and shareholder/board resolutions to enact corporation actions.