Ben Franklin understood very well that it’s easier—and often cheaper—to prevent problems from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has already occurred.
For small- to mid-sized businesses, the proactive advice and guidance provided by an experienced business attorney can be the key to preventing time-consuming and expensive problems and protecting against potentially serious trouble. But the traditional hourly billing model of most attorneys means that the cost of seeking help early and often can be prohibitive.
As a result, many business owners are tempted to deal with “small” issues on their own, but “small” issues can grow into big problems. At that point, owners are forced to hire an attorney to deal with a small matter that has become a larger, more time consuming and expensive issue.
Being afraid of talking with your lawyer is exactly the problem My Outside General Counsel (MOGC: pronounced “MAHK-see") was designed to solve.
MOGC is an innovative, subscription-based legal service for small- to mid-sized businesses. Unlike traditional law firms’ unpredictable, by-the-hour billing, MOGC is completely transparent about its services and fixed, monthly costs (see subscription plan overview). Further, because experienced business attorneys also have wealth of business knowledge and negotiating expertise, MOGC includes business and negotiating advice, in addition to legal advice, in its tiers.
A MOGC subscription is a comprehensive solution, providing:
Importantly, MOGC takes the stress out of the lawyer-client relationship by removing the question: “How much is this going to cost?” Your monthly subscription to MOGC gives you unlimited access to your lawyer without a meter running.
Choose from four different subscription tiers, depending on your needs, and get the benefit of having your own in-house counsel without the associated cost. A subscription to MOGC allows you to seek help early and often – because it’s part of your subscription.
In contrast to the many impersonal legal subscription services offered online, MOGC is provided by the experienced business lawyers at Eno Martin Donahue & Roth, a 133-year-old law firm founded in Lowell, MA in 1887. The other services typically assign different attorneys each time you call which leads to piecemeal, siloed advice. MOGC is different. From the beginning, you will have a dedicated MOGC attorney (“your lawyer”) who develops a deep, holistic understanding of your business, as well as your personal style and preferences. This wealth of knowledge makes your interactions with your dedicated attorney more efficient and results in significantly better advice.
Think of your MOGC attorney as a member of your management team who is available anytime to give you legal and business advice.
As a small business owner you understand that smart planning includes preventing problems and protecting against potential trouble. Yet without professional guidance, you often don’t know what you don’t know. These are just some of the questions you might ask yourself when assessing the need for our services:
Businesspeople who try to do it alone have few options to protect themselves. Having a dedicated MOGC attorney who can answer these questions and more, will reduce risk and protect your business interests and legal rights so you can focus on successfully managing and growing your business. That’s what a MOGC subscription provides.
If you own a larger company, you likely have more—and more complex—ongoing legal and strategic business needs. While big corporations can afford to hire their own in-house legal teams to turn to at any time, many medium-sized businesses are often deterred by the cost of such a luxury. A Tier 3 and especially Tier 4 MOGC subscription is a highly cost-effective way to benefit from ongoing general counsel services without the associated price tag.
For example, your business might benefit from having an attorney present at Board meetings, allowing strategic discussions to be protected by attorney-client privilege, or from formal succession planning or personal estate planning. A Tier 4 MOGC subscription even offers flat-fee litigation for claims under $25,000.
With a more comprehensive set of services included at the higher tiers, MOGC’s ongoing guidance and troubleshooting can help medium- to large-sized businesses identify opportunities, avoid missteps, and help you make effective business decisions with no second-guessing.