One of the questions small business owners often face is, "Do I need to hire a lawyer for this?" In this article, we'll take a brief look at some common situations that typically do and don’t require legal counsel. Of course, because every case is different, this can't be an exhaustive or all-encompassing discussion of when you do and don’t need a lawyer. But we hope that this article will provide some useful information and some guideposts to how to think about the question,
This question came to us via Avvo. A prospective commercial tenant signed a lease agreement with a landlord for business premises for the tenant's new business, paid the security deposit, and even gave two weeks' notice to their existing job -- only for the landlord to then tell the tenant that he had decided to rent to someone else after all! The tenant wanted to know if he had any legal recourse against the landlord for backing out of the lease. Our answer is that based on
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