GRAND RAPIDS, MI – BREAKING NEWS - A long standing dispute has finally come to rest. One of the epic legal battles that will go down in history has a final resolution. Turkey v. Farmer has seen its final order issued by the Circuit Court.
Johnathan Quincy Farmer, Sr. originally bought Thomas Turkey for his son, Johnathan Quincy Farmer, Jr., to raise for 4H. While a young Turkey road home on the lap of Farmer Jr., Farmer Jr. stated that he would take care of Turkey forever and make sure that he had warm place to sleep and plenty to eat.
Life was great for Turkey and the Farmers. Turkey was fed well and was always comfortable when he slept. And Turkey grew and grew. While Turkey was not the winner at the annual Hudsonville Fair that year, he was clearly one of the bigger birds at that year’s competition. “I felt like a king back then,” Turkey stated, “I had everything that young bachelor could dream of.”
For obvious reasons we are big proponents of businesses hiring and forging a relationship with a business law firm that can support their business. Over recent months though it has come to our attention that not all business attorney’s support their business clients as they should. It has led us to ask you, does your business attorney help promote your business’ growth or does he get in your way?
Before we get too far ahead in this conversation, this is not meant as a criticism of any attorney. Every attorney that is licensed in the State of Michigan takes an oath to zealously represent every one of their clients and some have a different views on what that zealous representation entails. It is important to interview your business attorney even after you have been with them for a while to ensure their representation of you is what you want it to be. Now with that out of the way on to the important stuff.
I am going to preface your reading of this blog post: It is selfish in nature. I hate reading a blog thinking I might get something out of it, only to find out that it is a long sales pitch for the business posting it. While this post isn’t purely that, it is not our typical post… so prepare yourself.
Often when we are out networking or in our marketing materials we describe our practice as one that provides general counsel to West Michigan small businesses. What does that mean? What does general counsel do? And why can’t your small business just wait until it needs a business attorney before contacting The Business Law Group?
General counsel is something that is commonly associated with big business. “XYZ Corp. has a team of lawyers sitting in its corporate office waiting to jump on any legal need.” While this is the common perception, general counsel are much more proactive than reactive and are generally not waiting around to “jump” on anything (maybe donuts in the break room).