Legal advice and support is vital for the smooth operation of the business. They aid in avoiding mistakes and ensure the company’s integrity. They also assist in resolving any litigation or other legal issues. The best way to receive legal assistance is to engage an attorney or a legal services provider who will offer you the right advice in a timely manner.

Getting help with legal issues isn’t always easy. Many people are unable to engage an attorney, or have access to legal aid for free. There are a few alternatives however. Some organizations offer online resources and advice. Some of them connect small-sized companies to lawyers for a fee. Some of these platforms provide webinars and downloadable resources. A subscription plan is a more recent option that allows users to pay a monthly fee to have access to legal professionals.

Some states and jurisdictions have explicitly adopted policy guidance that makes the distinction between legal information and legal advice (or use a training course that does this). In some cases the distinction is now clearly defined to distinguish «ex pre» advice (obtained at the time of possible or actual litigation) from «ex post» advice (obtained after a person has acted or someone has been harmed).

Nonlawyers are often involved in providing advice especially paralegals. In England, for example the majority of advisers are not lawyers. Nonlawyers work in accounting firms and advice bureaus which are the major advisors. These types of activities are problematic from a social point of view because they subvert laws by helping people conceal assets and reduce the threat of being penalized.