Jaime Chapman | Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce
If you are reading this, you’re probably in the market for legal services. Did you know there is a large group of military spouse attorneys? These attorneys can be the secret weapon for your small business as they are well versed in the law AND in the complications of military life.
Upon launching, one of the first things we did at the Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce (MSCC) was hire a military spouse attorney to file the trademarks on our logo. (Only after we hired a milspouse graphic design firm to help create our branding!)
While it’s convenient to use e-commerce legal services and affordable to “go it alone” — hiring a military spouse attorney squares away the business essentials and your business directly empowers another military family (which is why we shop on Spouse-ly in the first place, right?)
A military spouse attorney can help your small business:
- Decide which business structure is right for you. (Sole proprietor, LLC, Corporation, etc.)
- Ensure you don’t run into patent or copyright issues.
- File intellectual property applications.
- Create your business contracts, operating agreements, articles of incorporation, bylaws, employment contracts, and more.
- Enforce fraud or embezzlement, breaches of fiduciary duty or contracts, and help reduce risk with employees and policies.
- Create an exit strategy and help you dissolve your business should you decide to close your business.
- Restructure your former business to create room for future growth.
- Help you understand the implications of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) when relocating your business to a new state (or country!)
- Assist with unforeseen military-related hiccups they’ve likely experienced first-hand.
“WOW!” We know your mind is blown that you can have your cake and eat it too in supporting your business and supporting a fellow military spouse. You may be wondering how to find these military spouse attorneys we speak of… There is literally a military spouse attorney group called the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) we highly recommend.
MSJDN has a directory making it simple to search for your milspouse attorney unicorn by location or expertise: https://msjdn.org/public-directory/