Do I need an attorney to start a business?
There are certain matters that are fairly straightforward or not unduly difficult to learn and, therefore, do not require the services of an attorney, like writing a business plan, researching and picking a name for your business (previously trademarked business names can be researched online), or reserving a domain name for your website. However, your business will benefit in the long run if you hire an attorney to help you decide what entity works best for you, to prepare and file the necessary documents with the appropriate legal bodies, to draft and review contracts and other legal documents that fit your specific needs, and to ensure compliance with regulations and laws.
Can anyone file a lawsuit?
Yes, but winning the lawsuit is a completely different matter. Individuals can file or defend a lawsuit without a lawyer – corporations cannot.
Are there sanctions for filing a frivolous lawsuit or defending a lawsuit solely for purposes of delay?
Yes. If a lawsuit is filed that has unsupported claims or if a defendant raises defenses that have no merit and are made solely to delay judgment against them, the court has discretion to sanction the wrongful party.