Custom Legal Department (CLD)

There is an old adage, “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” That holds true for your legal affairs as well. Davis Business Law has developed a Custom Legal Department Program where we proactively build a system to protect, improve, and grow our client’s businesses. We serve as General Counsel and bring active legal and management help on a fixed fee basis.

Summary

We understand that managing a business requires a lot of different areas of expertise. Businesses are reluctant to get legal help for two main reasons: concern about handing over a blank check and a lack of communication from their legal team. We resolve these issues in our CLD Program by working on a fixed budget and reporting weekly to our clients, just like any other department of your business would.

Eight Core Competencies

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Corporate Governance & Administration

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Agreements & Contracts

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Claims

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Human Resources¹

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Insurance

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Policies & Procedures

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Property²

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Regulatory Compliance

 

¹ This service is often in conjunction with other departments or consultants.

² This includes Real Estate, Personal Property, and Intellectual Property.

Final Result

We join the management team with a systematic, proactive, and preventative devotion, helping you achieve your business goals while building in the legal protections that only a trained, experienced lawyer can foresee. Additionally, to help protect and improve and grow the businesses in our CLD Program, we implement our Business Immune System Report ™ as described in Matthew Davis’ book The Art of Preventing Stupid, recently published by Inc. Magazine.

Expectations

Improved Performance

Our goal is to turn our clients into rock star entrepreneurs. This means not only that their businesses thrive, but also that their lives as a whole improve because they are not worried about their business. Because Davis Business Law’s general counsels think like businessmen, we are able to strengthen the systems of our clients’ businesses in order to improve their bottom line and provide peace of mind.

More Brain Bandwidth

We work proactively to improve businesses, as well as anticipate and prevent problems. Because legal is a critical yet neglected need that businesses have, we come alongside management as a trusted advisor or wingman, allowing them to focus on what really matters to the business. Additionally, when problems do occur, we are there to deal with them effectively and efficiently.

Reduced Legal Hassles

We handle the legal hassles that have been a drag on our clients’ businesses. This includes the ones they are aware of, as well as those that may have never crossed their mind. We are experts at dealing with legal matters and can handle them much more efficiently and effectively. As a business owner, your sole focus should be your business, and as your custom legal department, ours is allowing you to do just that.

FAQs

CLD Cost?

The same thing every month. Businesses do not like working with lawyers because they hate handing them a blank check. We take the aggravation out of receiving an invoice each month that has a surprise included. Instead, we send our CLD clients a Return on Investment Report detailing what we did during the past month and showing them how it improved and protected their business.

Our three main price points are $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 per month, depending on the level of service needed. We can custom tailor these amounts to fit a client’s particular needs.

Why should I choose a CLD?

Every business is ultimately made up of departments, whether it is formally divided into them or not. There are six main ones:

  • Administration
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing and Sales

Business owners typically have Administration and Operations under control. However, the other four areas of management, and especially Legal, are specialized areas where the smart business owners get help.

Our service creates a fractional legal department that allows our clients to get the benefits of having integrated, on demand legal help without having to pay for a full-time attorney on staff.

What does a CLD do for me today?

It protects and improves your business in ways that you know you need and almost always in ways that you have not considered. Specifically, there are eight critical areas that becomes the core responsibilities of your CLD team, otherwise known as your General Counsel.

  • Corporate Structure & Governance
  • Agreements & Contracts
  • Claims & Litigation
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Property
  • Regulatory Compliance

We take the complicated legal hassles of dealing with these issues off of the plate of the business owner so they can get on with running the business.

What reporting will I get to ensure I am getting value?

A key component of our work for you is keeping you informed not only of developments but also of what work we have in the pipeline. One reason for this is business clients hate not being informed about what their lawyers are doing. We think and act like a department of your business and provide you with regular reports so that you know what is going on and what value is being provided at all times. Our stock reports include Monthly Work Plans, Business Immune System Reports, Custom Legal Department Blueprints, and Return on Investment Reports.

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