When starting a West Michigan small business you plan everything out. When trying to grow your small business you put available funds toward advisers such as coaches, marketers, consultants, and branders that allow you to see that growth. When small businesses are planning and growing they don’t consider a customer not paying for an order, a product injuring someone, an employee stealing business from you, or even another business you are working with not following through with their duties. These issues are very common for small businesses and most are taken by surprise when they creep up. So you are involved in a dispute, what do you do?
While most small business owners are very used to wearing multiple hats in the running of the business, the first lesson that should be learned if your small business is involved with a lawsuit is that you cannot represent your company in court. Unless you have passed the Michigan Bar Exam you are not permitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. Going before any court and representing your small business is considered practicing law, so you are going to need to hire a lawyer to represent your business.