When you decide to start a business or incorporate your existing one, you likely understand that you must take on a few risks. You gamble with your finances and perhaps even your reputation, for example.
Of course, you should consider your financial and personal risks, but don’t forget that forming a corporation also opens the door to legal hardships. A vital step before opening your business is minimizing the possibility of legal problems.
Litigation is always possible
You cannot operate a business without at least some risk of someone targeting your company in a lawsuit. Business litigation can arise across the full spectrum of your operations. An employee could accuse you of discrimination or violating their rights, for instance.
In another example, those with whom you contract could allege that you violated the terms of your agreement. Breach of contract issues are a leading cause of legal problems for all types of businesses.
Vicarious liability can also arise
Did you know that your business could be liable for the negligent conduct of your workers in the course of their employment? If an employee harms someone while working for you, your company may be legally responsible — not the worker.
This form of employer liability does not happen regularly, but it occurs often enough to address the possibility in your protection plan. However, be aware that this is a complex area of business law.
If you create a legal plan to shield against litigation and liability while forming your company, you will be prepared for a worst-case scenario when you open. We also urge you to refresh your knowledge of North Carolina business regulations to ensure your company is compliant. Legal guidance is invaluable in avoiding vicarious liability and protecting your business from a lawsuit.