Business Law & Business Litigation
The "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners™
When confronted with legal issues, small business owners and entrepreneurs typically attempt to solve them by themselves. Short of a catastrophe or other significant event, small business owners rarely call their attorneys. Since many law firms charge as much as $500 per hour (firms other than Bellas & Wachowski, that is), it is not uncommon for small business owners to try to avoid what may seem to be an excessive expense.
Such an approach is understandable, considering the need to keep costs low. But it is almost always self-defeating, creating much larger costs in the long run. Without the knowledge or experience to handle the situation fully, well-meaning businesspeople make things worse, and an attorney must be called in to solve a major problem instead of a minor one.
Invest in a Relationship
There is an alternative to this approach. By investing in a relationship with a law firm that is familiar with your business before problems develop, business owners are making an investment in preventive law which pays big dividends in the future. At Bellas & Wachowski, our lawyers have maintained long term relationships with many business clients and have helped them grow and prosper.
We have become trusted business advisors to our clients, we work closely with each client, offering comprehensive services and working, as our trademarked motto states, as The "In-House Counsel" for Small Business Owners™. An example of our all-encompassing approach is our Corporate Maintenance Plan™, which has repeatedly proven effective in saving our corporate clients significant expense and hassle.
Don't take our word for it. Listen to what our clients say:
“I view George more as a trusted advisor then simply as a lawyer. Not only has he assisted me in our several business ventures, including guiding us through some difficult litigation, but he has also counseled me and my family on personal matters. George has proven to be creative and understanding. His calmness in the eye of a storm helps us see through many difficult problems and helps us avoid situations which may prove a detrimental to our business and our families.”
~ Mark Cottone, Diversified Assembly Technologies
“George has helped us organize our several business ventures in the trucking industry. He recommended a business structure and shareholder agreements which have been proven to be extremely helpful in operating our business. Not only that, but George has helped me obtain certification for a minority business enterprise which has given me opportunities for business that I otherwise would not be able to obtain. George and his firm have proven an invaluable asset to my business.”
~ Dana Noth, Ablaze Transportation
“I relied on George as a trusted advisor for over 30 years. When I organized and began developing my child care centers, George helped me with the organization, financing and structure. I have relied on George for his advice and I trust his wisdom in helping me deal with complex issues.”
~ Phyllis Ward, The Children’s House
"We consulted Bellas & Wachowski on our employment related issues and in structuring our organization to protect our customer list and trade secrets. The advice and representation we have received from Bellas & Wachowski has been invaluable in helping us sustain and grow our business."
~ John Rippinger, President, Resource Brokerage, LLC
"We consulted with Bellas & Wachowski to help us organize our business enterprise and to create agreements between the owners. Not only were we provided excellent legal advice, but we also received sound, business advice from lawyers who are very experienced in business and law. We rely on Bellas & Wachowski and highly recommend them."
~ Derrick Mysliwiec , Rafikni Illinois, LLC
"We started a non-for-profit corporation to conduct a beauty pageant for women of Polish descent and to send the winner to compete in an international pageant. George Bellas guided us through the entire process and vigorously defended us when a lawsuit was filed by another contest operator challenging the rights to our name. Mr. Bellas' perseverance resulted in a successful defense of this matter in the state of Connecticut. As a result of Mr. Bellas' efforts, our contest continues under the name Miss Polish America and we have been able to continue to provide benefits to young women of Polish descent."
~ Agnieszka Zakreta Iskra, Miss Polish America
"We contacted Bellas & Wachowski when we were ready to start up our new business. In helping set up our new business Bellas & Wachowski also provided sound business advice. We feel very confident that whenever a legal matter arises in our business Bellas & Wachowski will provide us with sound, practical legal counsel at affordable prices."
~ Kevin McEnery, President, International Cutting Die, Inc., Melrose Park, Illinois.
"Over the years Bellas & Wachowski has provided us with legal counsel. Whatever legal issues arise, Bellas & Wachowski has given us professional, legal counsel and protected our interest."
~ Joseph Gallo, President, Workmasters, Inc., Des Plaines, Illinois
"Bellas & Wachowski has been a valued member of the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry since 1994, providing leadership, support and solid advice in many areas including labor and employment law, valuable startup services for new businesses and corporate support for established companies. With a diverse population in our area, Bellas & Wachowski also provides multicultural support in several languages."
~ Richard Ornberg, Executive Director, Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Attorney George Bellas
At Bellas & Wachowski, we are proud of our long record helping businesses thrive. The leader of our business law practice, firm partner George Bellas, has few peers in business law and litigation among Chicago lawyers, handling everything from contract litigation to partnership disputes and corporate dissolutions. He works only with small and mid-sized businesses, and has experience in all manner of business law matters.
Just a few areas of our business law practice are as follows, accompanied by relevant articles for our clients.
- Know Your Rights in a Mortgage Foreclosure
- Business Litigation Secret Revealed
- Alternatives for Resolving Business Disputes
- Mediation or Arbitration of Business Disputes
- Business Law - Litigation should be a Last Option
- Formula for Success
- What to Ask When Starting a Business
- Comparison of LLC with Other Forms of Business
- Incorporate Your Business
- Limited Liability Company Act
- Why an LLC is Not Ideal For Asset Protection
- Avoiding Unemployment Discrimination Lawsuits
- Eavesdropping Laws in the Workplace
- Employment Issues
- Independent Contractor vs. Employee: The Battle Rages On
- Employer's Liability for Overtime Pay
- Protect Your Customer List from Former Employees
- Background Checks on Prospective Employees
- AIDS in the Workplace
- Trade Secrets are Valuable Business Assets
- Trademarks Are Valuable Business Assets
- Is Your Business Name Violating Trademark Laws?
- Tax Free Exchanges of Business Property
- Buying or Selling Your Home
- The Importance of a Professional Real Estate Attorney
- Real Estate Agents
- For Sale By Owner (FSBO)
- Tax Tips for Homeowners
- Protect Your Home From Creditors
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The lawyers of Bellas & Wachowski have the experience, expertise and integrity to assist you and protect your business interests professionally, competently and economically. The convenient suburban location was selected in order to better serve the needs of our suburban business clients. Contact us to speak with an experienced Chicago Business lawyer about your business matter.