Most lawyers can review a lease or draft a contract...that's simple. What isn't simple is understanding and conveying how a simple boilerplate provision might not work in a client's particular industry. Or, how an office lease might affect a client's estate plan. Small businesses and entrepreneurs need lawyers who can see the whole picture rather than a law firm full of expensive specialists. I represent business owners and entrepreneurs not only as a lawyer, but as a trusted advisor.
Lawyers love to expound on their many awards and the white papers they've written on minute areas of law and the multitude of presentations they've made to organizations nobody knows. I'm not one of them. I'm more interested in telling you about the attributes that make me qualified to represent you and your business.
I enjoy helping entrepreneurs and business owners with the varied and interesting legal and business issues they face. I'm happy to give away some time to provide value to my clients and can often work on a fixed-fee or other alternative fee arrangement. I look forward to speaking with you.
This article points to a dispute from the world of high-speed auto racing to illustrate how many private dispute resolution procedures (of the type commonly prescribed by business contracts work). The dispute in question is largely background...
May 5, 2012
Unpaid interns can seem like a win-win proposition for your business; they get experience and a chance to keep at work, and you get cheap (free!) labor for your startup. However, running afoul of the rules governing the use of unpaid interns...
February 20, 2012
Clint Costa explains that newly formed businesses can deduct expenses from their tax returns from before they were even a business. As Mr. Costa explains, the United States Tax Code allows for the deduction of "Investigation" and "Creation"...
April 22, 2011
Clint Costa does a lot of transactional work, so when he presents his take on litigation, it's very down to earth and approachable. In this blog post, Mr. Costa explains the lifecycle of a typical lawsuit, from the threatening stage to the...
In this blog post, Clint Costa briefly explains (with examples) the two major wealth taxes in the United States--the estate tax and the gift tax. He also explains the policies behind the two taxes, and why they are especially relevant for...
Entrepreneurs tend to become attached to their successful businesses. However, in many cases, these successes are dependent upon the entrepreneur's continued presence, efforts, and energy. This can keep the entrepreneur from doing other...
When Prince Harry turned 25, he received access to income which his mother (Princess Diana) left to him in trust. In this blog post, Clint Costa illustrates how an estate plan leaving money to your children in trust can help you provide for...
April 17, 2011
This blog post isn't about Clint Costa's fees; rather, it's about how lawyers generally get paid. Mr. Costa explains how a Fee Agreement and a Retainer Fee combine to determine how a lawyer is compensated for working on a given matter.
Clint Costa notes that small business owners are often encouraged to cut corners on following the rules in their drive to cut costs or otherwise gain a competitive advantage. In this blog post, he looks to the world of Formula One racing to...
One way for legal services consumers to reduce or control costs is to request a fixed-fee. I put this into practice for my clients often. A fixed-fee is best suited for ordinary, finite projects. For example, a basic employment...
April 8, 2011
Clint Costa comments on the nascent rise of fixed fee legal services. Fixed fee legal services are an alternative to the traditional billable hour approach; they require lawyers to change the way they approach clients' work, and allow more...
April 1, 2011
Clint Costa is both a CPA and a lawyer, which gives him added insight into estate planning. In this article, Mr. Costa outlines the five primary goals of an estate plan, which are: (1) orderly and efficiently distributing assets at death;...
March 23, 2011
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