Every business requires the assistance of lawyer at least occasionally, to draft and review
contracts specific to the business, to counsel owners and managers regarding employer-employee
relations, to defend against lawsuits or threatened lawsuits, to assert and prosecute claims against
non-paying customers or non-performing vendors, to render tax advice, and to monitor
compliance with any applicable federal, state, and local statutes, rules, and regulations. Large
businesses can generally afford to retain large firms for these purposes. However, smaller
businesses may not be able to pay the rates charged by large firms for routine legal tasks.