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Getting Started: For Business Owners


Before Hiring a Business Lawyer Understand the Difference


Many business lawyers take a “one-size fits all” approach with their clients; they do this so they can work with as many people as possible in a short period of time.  


One problem is you receive an impersonal experience; but even worse than that, this type of planning can lead to unintended results in the long run for your business.


When lawyers do not take the time to inquire, listen, understand and truly consider your businesses individual circumstances, the result is that your business documents and model does not end up reflecting what’s very best for the structure and ultimately growth of your business.


So even though you may pay less up front to get a standard set of documents or corporate set up, you lose money in the long run.


The Law Office of Jane E. DePalma is right for you if you want a trusted advisor to turn to for the life of business, 


  • to help you with ensuring you have the right business model in place and can navigate to a new one, if you don’t,

  • to help you with getting the right agreements in place with vendors, team members, investors, partners and others, 

  • to help you explore potential opportunities,

  • to evaluate insurance buying decisions, asset protection planning choices, and tax saving strategies,

  • to keep you out of trouble and respond when you get close to the edge. If that’s what you want, we just might be the right law practice for you.



Here are some of the ways we are different from most traditional business planning lawyers:


  1. All of our fees are fixed fees agreed to in advance, so there are no surprises. At our initial meeting you will choose the level of planning and fee that works best for your business, so there will never be any surprises.

  2. We are proactive advisors who check in with you and your business on a regular basis so we can put our legal minds to work to help you grow your business, helping you take the best-calculated risks so you can receive the biggest rewards.  We don’t just prepare a set of legal documents for you and send you on your way until something happens.

  3. We meet with you at least quarterly via our Business Growth Membership program. We foster a lifetime, ongoing relationship with our clients so we can guide you through all of your business’ stages – preparing your business for succession or sale and always focused on helping you get to the next level.  Throughout the life of your business, things change.  You change; your assets change; your business changes; the law will definitely change.  We are here to help you navigate those changes.

  4. We have a whole team in place to answer your quick questions and to make the legal process incredibly easy and painless for you and your business. You never have to worry about unreturned phone calls or endless games of phone tag.

  5. We help you get your legal and financial house in order by helping you make smart choices about things like buying insurance, selling your business, retirement planning so you never spend more than you have to or get taken advantage of by unscrupulous sales people who see your business as a cash cow for them.

  6. Legacy Planning.  We believe that your business is here to last and we want to help make sure that’s the case.   Your work is meaningful and we will work with you to keep it that way.


Get started with a LIFT Foundation Audit or LIFT Start-Up Session.


We are selective about the clients we work with.  Each client business receives personalized attention and we only work with businesses we love.  If you’d like to apply to work with us, start here by submitting the LIFT Foundation Audit.  If you are a fit, we will contact you for an appointment.


The LIFT Foundation Audit is designed to help us understand where your business is now, where it’s going in the future and what the gaps are that could keep you from getting there.  If you qualify, we’ll take you through the audit process, create a plan to fill the gaps in your business so your time, energy and money stop leaking out and then proactively manage your business legal affairs for the growth of your business.


Complete the audit the best you can and return it to us in advance of our appointment so that we can have the most productive  time together during our LIFT Foundation  Audit Session.


  • Print the LIFT Foundation Audit.

  • Fill in as much as you can.

  • Make an appointment with us to discuss your plan.

  • Return the LIFT Foundation Audit to us at least 3 days in advance of our appointment.




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