Running a business is so much harder than people think it is — and most people think it's pretty hard. In general, contracts are supposed to make running your business easier, but there are still lots of ways to get into conflicts.
This happens often when one side does not hold up their end of an agreement, or maybe there is a disagreement about what a contract actually requires from each side. Either way, the agreement you had isn't working, and you need to get it straightened out as soon as possible.
For big businesses with money to spare, hiring a lawyer may seem like a normal thing to do, but for a lot of small businesses that's just not possible.
If your business needs legal help, but can't pay for it up front, there is good news. In some cases, It is possible to hire a lawyer to fight for your rights and to fairly resolve the contract issue without paying money out of pocket.
You can hire a lawyer on a contingency basis to work for you.
How does contingency work in business conflicts?
When you have a breach-of-contract problem with some other business or person, and the conflict costs you money, then you may have grounds to sue the other party for damages. This means that you can file a lawsuit against the other party in the conflict, and if you win you'll get a settlement.
In a contingency agreement, you agree to give a lawyer a certain pre-agreed upon percentage of any settlement you win, and in return the lawyer represents your business without your having to pay any money out of pocket.
This is similar to the way that some lawyers work with people who get hurt in an accident, but lots of businesses don't realize that they can get legal help on a contingency basis, too.
Don't lose money you don't have to lose
Even though it is possible to work with a lawyer on a contingency basis in many contract disputes and other business problems, many businesses choose to let these things go and just eat the loss.
Maybe this is because they don't want the hassle, or they simply don't know that they should consult with a lawyer to see if their case could qualify for contingency payment. These are usually not wise choices.
If you have a business conflict and worry that you can't afford the legal help you need, you should consider consulting with a lawyer to see what's possible. The consultation is free, and you might get the legal help you need without spending any money. What have you got to lose?