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Why Ignorance is Not the Best Defense

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If you are being targeted in a lawsuit for a crime you committed but did not know was illegal, you better have a litigation attorney ready to defend you, because you are in just as much trouble as if you knew it beforehand. Being ignorant is not only an excuse but not knowing can cause you and your company lawyer even worse headaches down the road. Do not put yourself in that position. Learn what you need to learn about state and federal laws beforehand. If you need help with this, contact an experienced business attorney as quickly as possible.

What Every Business Attorney Can Tell You

It is common knowledge that just because you did not know something was illegal, this doesn’t mean you’re excused for breaking the law. Accidental illegal activities can lead to corporate disputes and business litigation, and you could be the defendant, the target, or the victim of this if you broke a law. If you do not want this to happen, read up on the laws of your trade and on business in general, and before you do anything that seems even relatively in the gray area, contact your business attorney. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to major decisions.

When You Are the Victim of Business Litigation

During the course of doing business, you may become the target of a business dispute lawsuit, and once you are notified, there is no time to spare. It is imperative that you see your company attorney as soon as possible to discuss the case and determine the best strategy for defending your actions. Ignorance of the law generally won’t help you in a corporate lawsuit, because there’s usually no real excuse for why you didn’t know. As long as the law was published and accessible, you won’t get far with ignorance as your litigation defense.

Why Your Business Lawyer is Your Advocate

If you are sued for illegal activities you didn’t know you were committing, and you cannot disprove them, the next best strategy would be to pursue minimum penalties. In business litigation terms, a settlement that is neutral, or even in your favor for being wrongfully accused, is ideal. That means your corporate attorney has his or her work cut out for them, but with some good negotiations, they just might be able to save you your weight in gold. Even if you do not know the laws, your business attorney should, which is why you should frequently turn to him or her for counsel along the way.

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