Rising Legal Costs Kills Small Businesses Prematurely

Guess what the number one killer of small businesses in Newark, NJ tends to be in the first year? It’s not competition or licensing. It’s not physical location start up costs or business licenses. And it’s not the cost of labor, even though employees can be expensive.

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It’s litigation. When the cost of an attorney runs well over $300/hour and a full case cost just to get to court day for the actual trial can exceed $500,000 it’s no surprise many small businesses just don’t have the assets or liquid cash to take on such a challenge. Add in the fact that many small businesses are not separate entities and instead are sole proprietorships or partnerships, then bankruptcy is obviously the only path of quick resolution and limitation of costs getting out of control.

And it doesn’t take much for a business to trigger a lawsuit either. From what E.S.T.I.R. Inc. staff have seen, the typical claim can come from anything ranging from a contract dispute to the physical store address not being designed properly for consumers with disabilities to pass freely. Right or wrong, legal interactions are painfully expensive and even just settling them quickly can cost in the thousands of dollars, both in terms of payouts as well as paying for the business’ own representation.

However, running the gauntlet on a legal baccarat table doesn’t have to be your choice starting a business. It’s ludicrous to spend all that energy, money and time trying to make a new company thrive only to see it all taken away in one legal filing. That’s where commercial insurance comes in as a critical safety net protection. E.S.T.I.R. Inc. can provide your business the critical understanding it needs to choose the right policy for operations. And their expert staff can help Newark, NJ businesses of all types, regardless of industry.