Most Massachusetts entrepreneurs go into business without considering they may someday face a lawsuit. Depending on the type of business entity they have chosen, they may face personal and professional losses if the business litigation does not go their way. This is why it is critical for business owners to be prepared for the possibility that someone may file a claim against them in civil court.

Among the most common business disputes are those involving contracts. Breach of contract means that a client, employee or other party feels the business did not fulfill its terms of the contract. These can be complex cases, and a business’s liability insurance may not cover the cost. Business owners may reduce the chances of such lawsuits by having their contracts evaluated by an attorney.

An increasing number of business owners are facing lawsuits related to discrimination, harassment and other violations of civil rights and employment law. Discrimination lawsuits are not limited to employee complaints, however, and a client or customer who feels unfairly treated may file a complaint in court. Wage and hour violations, such as misclassifying an employee or denying overtime pay, can result in serious legal consequences for a business owner.

These are only a few examples of lawsuits a business may face, and the above list does not include lawsuits involving injuries or property damage allegedly caused by a company or its employees. Facing business litigation can be overwhelming and draining on a company’s time and resources. Having a skilled business law attorney throughout the complex litigation process means having an ally and advocate to fight for a Massachusetts business owner’s best interests.