General Counsel Services

Businesses are served best by attorneys and counselors at law who are familiar with the client's business and industry, have represented numerous other businesses, know the regional business landscape and environment, understand the synergy between the client’s business and legal issues, possess well-developed analytical skills, have the ability to ask incisive questions that identify business risks and illuminate solutions and opportunities, balance firmness with kindness, and mix wisdom with humility and a touch of humor. This is what we bring to our clients as counselors-at-law.

We understand that the uncertainty of hourly billing can deter clients from seeking our advice before signing a document, entering into a transaction or making a significant decision. All too often the result is a very expensive mistake that could have been avoided or mitigated by timely legal consultation.

To eliminate this deterrence we offer our business clients monthly retainer agreements when such an arrangement makes sense for both the client and us. These agreements allow our clients to pay a fixed monthly retainer fee for all time expended on matters within an agreed-upon scope of services. The scope of services and monthly retainer amount are customized to the client’s needs and budget. Clients now have an incentive to call instead of a reason not to call. This leads to better, more informed decisions, reduced risk, predictability of legal fees and ongoing counseling relationships that enhance our ability to offer proactive advice. Click here to read "Building Good Attorney/Client Relationships".

The counselor-at-law is not reserved for large corporations. Our retainer agreements offer our business clients scopes of services that can include the following:

  • Advise re: miscellaneous day to day issues and questions
  • Ongoing coaching to implement goals and solve problems
  • Quarterly meetings (as least 2x per year on site)
  • Interaction with client's accountant and other advisors
  • Sounding board for ideas, strategy and potential transactions
  • Miscellaneous correspondence
  • Consultation regarding issues facing the client's business
  • Review of miscellaneous non-complex agreements
  • Review legal documents, e.g. customer and vendor contracts
  • Yearly due diligence check-up for business
  • Strategic planning
  • Maintain corporate records

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Andrew Karlen acts as general counsel to my business under a fixed retainer arrangement. My company benefits from having ongoing access to Andy’s timely legal advice and his understanding of our business. Moreover, we are able to tap into his valuable knowledge of business law and many years of experience working with businesses to use him as a sounding-board to explore business opportunities without mounting-up hourly charges…   

Seth Kaller, President
Seth Kaller, Inc.
White Plains, NY
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