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The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Free Legal Assistance

The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Free Legal Assistance

Is it really possible for entrepreneurs to get free legal assistance? What type of lawyer is going to offer his/her services for free? These are both good questions. Legal help is important since most plaintiffs or defendants do not possess such experience.

If you are a lifestyle entrepreneur, you may be among the lucky ones that are less likely to be sued. Most lifestyle entrepreneurs often have a business based on a blog, YouTube channel, or podcast. So, unless you are infringing on someone’s intellectual property, your type of business is typically safe from lawsuits. Moreover, it is the startup founders and the big business owners that are at the most risk to litigation. However, no one’s business is bulletproof. It only takes one unhappy customer to file a lawsuit against your company.

Sure, you can mitigate your chances of subjugating your business to a lawsuit, but no company is immune from litigation.

There are a countless number of cases, where people represented themselves in court. In fact, many have chosen this option for small claims court cases involving less than $100,000. However, what about the struggling entrepreneurs with court cases involving more than $100,000 and their business is breaking even or on the verge of bankruptcy? What if you are a food manufacturer? It is your job to recall any products that could have been at risk of being contaminated with E. Coli or Salmonella. Failing to do so will endanger your customers to falling ill, which could bring on a lawsuit.

Alternatively, what if you run a health clinic? It is your job to assure you and your employees follow the Hippocratic Oath. Otherwise, you could be sued for medical malpractice.

Is it possible for a struggling entrepreneur to hire a lawyer without breaking the bank?

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Self-representation is not always ideal. It can be absolutely terrifying for some people. If you are a professional public speaker, the likelihood of successfully defending yourself in court is greater. Although, what if you find it terrifying to stand before a judge without legal representation? What if the other party has a seasoned lawyer?

Is it possible to hire a lawyer even if you cannot afford one? Contrary to popular belief, hiring a lawyer is quite affordable. You can choose to look for law firms that work on a no win, no fee arrangement.

This arrangement is available to both plantiffs and defendants. Many people believe that law firms would be only interested in plantiffs because their intent is to incur damages done to them. However, defendants have the right to countersue to recuperate their losses too.

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Many law practices will only request payment if you are due to receive compensation from your court case.

Usually, most law firms will either bill you on a monthly basis or bill you on a “pay as you go” system. This is why the no win, no fee arrangement is an excellent alternative for people with little to no money. This legal model brings relief to the masses of people unable to afford legal aid.

There are some law firms will use the term (no win, no fee) to attract prospective clients, but they may be misrepresenting their type of service.

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Some firms may require the client to pay disbursement fees, which are miscellaneous expenses separate from lawyer fees and court costs. Unfortunately, these fees can add up to thousands of dollars. So, if a client is responsible for such fees, it is not really a no win, no fee arrangement.

The reality is that there are law firms who truly offer a no win, no fee arrangement. However, it is best to inquire within to assure that you will not be required to pay anything.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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