Owning and operating a small business in Oregon is no easy feat. It can be costly, stressful and take years of hard work just to reach a point of stability. Because of what is at stake, entrepreneurs would be wise to take steps to avoid business litigation in every way they can. Legal issues can cost a significant amount of money, and these matters can be damaging for personnel and the company’s reputation.
Employment issues are a common reason for litigation for small businesses. Disgruntled employees can file lawsuits and loudly protest their treatment, and it’s not always easy to resolve these disputes. One way that an owner can avoid many of these problems is to have strong, properly drafted employee contracts. These agreements can clearly outline expectations for all parties, reasons for termination, vacation leave and other matters than can potentially lead to confusion and issues.
Copyright issues are another legal problem often faced by Oregon entrepreneurs. Every business owner would be wise to take steps to ensure that he or she has the legal protection necessary to keep proprietary information, trade secrets and other things where they belong. It is possible to do this with copyrights, trademarks and nondisclosure agreements with employees.
These are only a few of the potential reasons a company could face business litigation. These matters underline the importance of having experienced legal guidance at every point in the life of a business. If an entrepreneur is unsure of why he or she needs legal support or how to handle specific issues, an assessment of the individual situation may prove helpful.