Preventing unnecessary litigation might sound great in theory, but can be difficult in practice. Rather than try to avoid business litigation altogether, Georgia business owners might be better served by protecting themselves should legal action arise. There is no wrong time to start this process, either. However, it is usually advantageous for a business to protect itself earlier rather than later.
Acquiring insurance coverage is a good first step. When business owners are faced with legal action, it is not uncommon for them to fall into survival mode. In survival mode, a business owner may struggle to prioritize business cash flow and instead focus on getting past litigation. Insurance that covers financial loss from the following sources can allow a business owner to maintain focus where it matters:
- Claims against the business owner
- Claims for personal injury
- Claims for property damage
- Other litigious payouts
Maintaining meticulous records is another important safeguard should another party decide to sue a business. This can help a legal proceeding from devolving into one party’s word against the others. Important records to maintain both physical and digital copies of include:
- Financial statements
- Employee and contractor records
- Insurance plans
Running a business can be a significant undertaking, and it can be difficult to think about protecting one’s self from business litigation at the same time. Setting up safeguards such as insurance, record keeping and more can be helpful should there be any type of litigation, but these actions alone are not necessarily enough. Instead, Georgia business owners may want to consider speaking with an experienced attorney about their options for handling legal action.