About The Firm
Our job is to solve problems.
We specialize in small businesses, helping them avoid unnecessary risks and expenditures, helping them plan their legal and tax strategies, helping put out fires. We provide legal counsel in a dialogue driven manner, focusing on identifying and achieving your goals.
Our practice also is aimed at teaching small business owners how to help themselves; to help them be aware of legal and practical problems and opportunities before they arise and deal with these without undue anxiety; to help unravel as many mysteries of law, taxes and business as we can; to help avoid law suits; to help limit costs; to simplify rather than to obscure.
We believe that a small business should reflect the personalities and energies of its owners, that planning makes success possible, and that a business’ success isn’t judged by what’s on the top line of the income statement, but how much makes it to the bottom.
We rarely use hourly fees. We prefer a flat rate approach as it takes the clock out of the equation and allows everyone to focus on what matters most, solving the problem. No uncertainty, no economic surprises. We are a small business and the financial aim of this practice is to make certain that there is a safe economic environment in which clients and we can conduct a business relationship.
About Chris Way
Chris Way is a business attorney with Way Law PLLC. His goal is to help small and mid sized businesses develop and implement strategies to control their destinies. Chris is committed to promoting understanding. People make better decisions, achieve better results, and are empowered to participate in making their plan when they have greater understanding. Chris concentrates on three primary areas: formation issues, contract issues, and counsel issues. Formation issues are all about identifying goals and developing strategies to help businesses work in efficient and harmonious manners to maximize success. Contract issues are about designing transactions in a way that provides control over outcomes. Counsel issues are about understanding challenges and developing strategies to navigate complex law. Chris’ favorite thing about his practice is being an active guide and companion in the entrepreneurial adventure. When he’s not working Chris enjoys time with family, playing drums, hiking, reading non-fiction, and almost any movie or TV show that isn’t particularly dramatic.
About Small Businesses
- different tax advantages
- different asset protection
- different financing methods
- different owners and employees
- different marketing opportunities
- and different risks and opportunities
The small business is more likely to be a direct reflection of its owners than a larger business. The marketing of the small business is not typical because its most valuable asset is usually its relationships, not its inventory.
The small business is often more fragile than a larger, more established business and therefore more likely to stumble or fail. But the people involved in the business need not fail so long as their
assets are protected from the liabilities of their business.
The small business usually has less money to spend than the larger business and cannot afford to waste any of it. Tax and asset planning for the small business can usually help create and conserve business and personal resources. There are tax opportunities which are uniquely beneficial to the small business.
The small business: more risky, more personal, more creative than a larger business–using imagination and energy as capital.
This practice is based on the premise that information and general advice about small businesses should be freely available – and freely given. There are some flaws in the delivery of this theory, but it mostly works. For example…
Questions about small businesses: There is no charge for general advice or information, good or bad. Go on-line and make an appointment.
Consultations: Anyone who is starting a new business (not just thinking about it) can make an in-person appointment and come in for a discussion about how to structure your particular business for safety and for tax savings – and anything else you would like to talk about…there is no charge for an initial appointment.
Client lunches: We host monthly brown-bag lunches for clients (only) with different small business topics each month. You bring your own lunch, join in the discussion, make new friends and try not to spill anything on the new rug.
Client classes/workshops: We have occasional workshops for clients who are at a “sticking point” in their businesses – can’t get started, can’t sell, disorganized, etc. We assemble a few interested professionals and people in similar businesses and brain storm together over a brown bag lunch. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.