Soulful Legal Solutions: Business Entities

Soulful Legal Solutions: Business Entities

We all start at the beginning. It’s hard to remember that sometimes, isn’t it? I know how tempting it can be to look around and be seduced by what and how everyone else is doing it and I also know the side effects of self doubt, fear and shame that come from this comparisonitis. Ouch. What I know about my practice today is that the resources I use to run it are very different than when I first started over 10 years ago, especially when it comes to the legal aspect. At the beginning, I didn’t know the first thing about how to set up my practice. Was it supposed to be an “LLC” an “S-Corp” a “Sole Proprietorship” or something else? To be honest, all these letters made me dizzy! I just wanted to do the work I loved and all this legal and financial crap (yes a part of me feels this way!) was giving me a headache. I knew the legal and ethical guidelines of my work as a healer, but when it came to the business entity piece, I was CLUELESS. I wasn’t ready to invest in legal support at this point on my journey (I had a story it was super expensive and didn’t fit in my beginning budget) so I asked around and copied what the “cool kids” on the block were doing. It all turned out fine (I’m so grateful!), but in the back of my mind during these times, a part of me was always uneasy wondering if I was putting myself in some kind of legal or financial risk that...
Legally Protect Your Practice with Love

Legally Protect Your Practice with Love

 My palms were sweaty. My stomach was in knots. My head was pounding and I had a million “what if” scenarios swirling around in my mind as I contemplated all of the legal steps I didn’t know if I had in the “right” place to protect my practice, my website, and ultimately my livelihood. Several years ago, this was me leaving a legal and ethics workshop. I went hoping to bring some peace to my worries and doubts and ended up leaving even more terrified than when I arrived. Maybe you can relate to the fear and uncertainty around the legal measures necessary to protect your practice? If so, continue reading about my journey. When I first started my practice I couldn’t imagine being able to afford an attorney to review my client forms or file my LLC paperwork and to write the terms and conditions and disclaimer for my website, blog or social media platforms. I knew I needed some of these things in place, but I didn’t know which should take precedence or priority and I certainly never felt fully secure knowing that I could relax into doing my work without the constant fear of being sued. My forms were a mix mosh of colleagues and supervisors’ documents along with some things I found on the internet and my website terms and conditions well those were optional, right? Oops! It was like a big guessing game from the get go and I knew this was leaving me vulnerable without the necessary protections that legal documents can offer. Over the years I did decide to invest in forms...