Legal support and advice are crucial to the smooth operation of the business. They aid in avoiding errors and help to ensure the business’s integrity. They also offer advice on how to resolve any legal issues. The best way to receive legal assistance is to work with an attorney or a legal services provider who can give you the right guidance in a timely manner.

Help with legal issues isn’t always straightforward. Many people cannot afford to hire an attorney and others may lack access to free legal assistance. There are other options however. Some organizations offer online resources and help. Some companies connect small-scale businesses to attorneys at a cost. Some of these platforms provide webinars and downloads of resources. A newer option is a subscription service, which allows users to pay a monthly fee to access legal experts for assistance.

Some states and jurisdictions explicitly adopted policies that make the distinction between legal advice and legal information (or employ a curriculum that does so). In some instances, a distinction has been made to separate “ex-ante” advice (obtained when a possible or actual lawsuit is in the process of being filed) from “ex-post” advice (“obtained when someone has done something or is harmed”).

Paralegals are often involved in offering advice, particularly nonlawyers. In England nonlawyers make up the majority of advisors. Nonlawyers are employed by accounting firms and advice bureaus, which are the main providers of advice. From a social perspective, these activities are problematic as they undermine the law by assisting people to hide their assets and reducing the risk of sanctions.