Fremstad On Demand

As business owners know, companies of every size face decisions every day, from employees, to suppliers, to vendors, to competitors and beyond, all of which raise legal issues and the possibility of litigation. As a result, every business really needs legal guidance, but most businesses don’t have the need or resources for a full-time in-house legal department, which means they have to decide whether to turn to outside general counsel. 

While large companies can afford to pay the salary of a seasoned in-house lawyer or even staff an entire legal department, this simply is not realistic for most small or medium-sized businesses. And even when a business has attorneys to handle legal matters, business owners often find themselves spending a great deal of time managing these issues, which takes time away from what they should be doing: managing their business.  

To solve this dilemma, we created Fremstad on Demand. 

Fremstad on Demand is an alternative to an in-house legal department that allows us to serve as your outside general counsel at a fraction of the cost of a traditional in-house lawyer. With Fremstad on Demand, you set a monthly budget. We use that time to address day-to-day legal questions that face your business or to focus on specific matters that require the attention of a lawyer. Your business will benefit from predictable legal expenses, and you will gain sound legal advice from a seasoned and experienced General Counsel.

What Is Outside General Counsel?

In the typical outside general counsel relationship, a business hires an outside attorney to handle responsibilities that would normally be handled by an in-house lawyer if the business had such a person.

Traditionally, outside general counsel has been used by smaller businesses that do not have the need or resources for a full-time, in-house lawyer. Instead, they hire an outside attorney and ask them to manage their legal issues on an as-needed basis. In some instances, general counsel will handle legal work directly on behalf of the business. In others, the general counsel serves as a liaison to manage specialist attorneys, such as lawyers who have a particular emphasis on labor and employment, tax, securities, or business litigation. Outside general counsel can also act as a legal advisor to management of the business, whether the CEO, the head or Human Resources, or other department heads facing legal issues.  

Regardless of which form it takes, a general counsel arrangement can free up time for the business owner, as the general counsel can perform many of the typical legal tasks a business needs. Common services include general legal advice, contract review, and many basic HR functions. Outside general counsel will also manage legal matters, such as mitigating legal risk, delegating and managing matters that are better handled by specialized counsel, and serving as a liaison between the business and specialized counsel. This frees up the business owner’s time to focus on managing and running the business. 

The downside of the traditional outside general counsel relationship is that many business owners wait to contact a lawyer until it is too late. Problems that could have been solved quickly and inexpensively are allowed to grow into complex legal questions that require a significant investment of time and money to solve. Many of these problems can be avoided by consistent communication with an attorney who can monitor a business’s legal situation and provide proactive advice to minimize the extent of legal problems. 

Why Choose Fremstad on Demand

At Fremstad Law, we’ve taken the outside general counsel relationship a step further and now offer Fremstad on Demand. 

With Fremstad on Demand, your business receives the skills, experience, and expertise of a highly qualified and experienced outside general legal counsel at a fraction of the cost of hiring an in-house attorney. For a fixed monthly fee, your business gains consistent, valuable legal advice. You add predictability to your bottom line and manage expenses while mitigating the risk of legal exposure and helping your company to grow. 

Fremstad on Demand is a less expensive alternative to traditional in-house legal counsel or even external general counsel. Just as you can outsource payroll services, recruiting and training, or marketing and public relations, with Fremstad on Demand, you can also outsource your legal needs. Your monthly legal fees will be predictable and you will gain the expertise of an experienced business attorney who can offer advice, help mitigate risk, and manage special counsel if the need should arise. 

With Fremstad on Demand, it’s like getting your own in-house legal department at a fraction of the cost.  

Fremstad on Demand Solves Your General Counsel Needs

At Fremstad Law, our mission has always been to move our clients forward. Fremstad on Demand is simply the next evolution of our commitment to our clients. It allows us to focus on our core values and ensure that the needs of our clients are being met. 

With Fremstad on Demand, we have created a proactive approach to mitigating risk and addressing our clients’ legal questions. The relationship starts from our core values of establishing trust and treating each person we meet with respect. We forge a true partnership as we get to know our client’s business inside and out. When legal questions arise, we draw on that foundation of a relationship built on mutual respect and shared trust to proactively manage legal issues so they do not grow into a larger problem.  In addition, because there is a monthly dedicated budget, businesses have an incentive to use legal services even for matters that have not reached emergency status. 

To learn more about our services and whether Fremstad on Demand is right for you, contact Joel Fremstad today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your legal needs and how he can help.