Chris Way

Prevents legal issues from becoming legal problems. With a practice centering on small business and estate planning Chris helps businesses and individuals take control of situations and create outcomes that will achieve their goals.

Chris emphasizes increasing client understanding, simplifying complex legal issues, reducing risks & costs, and most importantly protecting clients throughout whatever legal situation they face.

Small businesses…

… are different from large businesses

• different tax advantages

• different asset protection

• different financing methods

• different owners and employees

• different marketing opportunities and

• different risks and opportunities

Billy Ellyson

… practiced law in the Richmond, Virginia area for more than 40 years, specializing in advice to small business as well as non-profit organizations. Billy retired in 2014 but remains an advisor to the firm.

His goal was — and continues to be — to eliminate barriers that he perceives impede a lawyer’s relationship with his clients: the withholding of advice unless the lawyer is on the clock and public bewilderment and distrust over exactly what lawyers do.

– From Solo Practicioners Advises Small Business Owners, Redefines Lawyers’ Role, an article in the Virginia Lawyer, the official publication of the Virginia State Bar.

If you could only speak with one lawyer Chief Justice John Roberts would be a great one.

But since you can speak with two, Contact Us today.



Service Through Strategy™

Chris Way Small Business Lawyer Richmond VA

Who we are…

We help clients organize and structure their businesses in order to avoid unnecessary liabilities, including unnecessary contractual and employment issues and unnecessary taxes and to identify and repair any weak spots in business practices and procedures.


Who we hope to be…

We believe that basic legal information should be given out to the public without charge, on the theory that a basic knowledge of the problem-solving possibilities of the law strengthens and empowers both the community and the practice of law. We want to be a source for this knowledge.

Rates & Pricing

Our Focus: Results, Not Time


Our practice is designed with our clients in mind. We offer our services almost exclusively on a flat rate basis instead of the more common hourly rate. We don’t charge for time spent hearing about what you’re up against. And the reason is simple. We find that the biggest setback to a strong attorney client relationship is the CLOCK. You shouldn’t have to hesitate before calling your lawyer because you don’t know what the bill will be. And we don’t want to charge you for coming to us for help. So we’ve said goodbye to the billable hour, and hope that you find this approach simpler, more straight forward, and more conducive to a long lasting relationship.


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An Ounce of Prevention: A Business Law Blog

4 Reasons Applying for Tax-Exempt Status is Better with Form 1023

Thinking of a starting a non-profit? Read this first. Applying with the 1023 EZ might not be as great as it seems.

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(No) Fun with Cookie Cutter Contracts

Is a free contract you find online a gift or a curse?

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When Is A Letter of Intent Binding?

A letter of intent is a very useful tool to frame contract negotiations. But if you don’t follow the right steps you can accidentally write a binding contract. Read on to learn how to avoid this costly mistake.

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Is an Oral Contract Binding?

A contract requires an offer, an acceptance, and consideration. Writing it down generally isn’t required. So why bother? To save yourself a lot of headache & hassle.

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Work It, Richmond, interviewed Billy Ellyson

Our company’s name originally, 20 years ago, was Metanoia PC.

Metanoia means change of heart or mind in Greek, and at the time I was a “recovering law firm lawyer” and very much in need of a change.

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Choosing an Operating Entity for Your Business

We work primarily with very small businesses, which are very different from larger businesses in that they take on more personal risks than larger businesses and therefore have to be more nimble and aware and defensive in order to survive.

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