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Release connects SMBs with legal help for free

In the land of small businesses, many are looking for just a little help - help with contracts, with expanding their product base or even expanding into new territories. A new release from Rocket Lawyer may give these SMBs a little help where they need it: the legal department. Called Rocket Lawyer On Call, the platform connects small businesses and local attorneys.

by Kristina Knight

"Whether you're protecting yourself and your family or a small business, everybody needs the counsel of an attorney from time to time. Too many people don't get the legal help they need, because lawyers are seen as intimidating and expensive," said Charley Moore, Esq., founder and executive chairman of Rocket Lawyer. "Enough is enough - we're going to change the way people think about lawyers and legal services. Now, it's possible for anyone with our affordable legal plans to have a real lawyer on their side."

Through the platform small businesses can contact lawyer for reviews of documents, small claims court assistance or programs like welfare and INS. And, rather than paying the going hourly rates, the connects are made for flat fee rates.

Why is this type of connection important for small businesses? According to a recent Rocket Lawyer study about 45% of their business clientele have some type of legal issue that needs to be resolved in the next three months.

Meanwhile more than half (56%) say they've not incorporated their business. Although many forecasts show the 2008 recession is all but over, small businesses are still feeling the pinch monetarily. This type of offering is a way for SMBs to protect their interests and gain peace of mind without a huge outlay of cash.

Tags: business law, Rocket Lawyer, small business, SMB assistance

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