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When to Put a Corporate Lawyer on Retainer

Corporate lawyers may be used for a wide range of business purposes. They most commonly may be used to draft legal documents and to review documents before you sign them. Legal services may also be used if you are a party in a lawsuit, and lawyers can negotiate outside of the courtroom as well as represent you in the court room. These are only a few of the ways a corporate lawyer can help you over the years, and some lawyers specialize in different areas of corporate law to provide you with the benefit of more pronounced expertise in a specific area. Some businesses pay for legal fees on an as-needed basis, and others hire an in-house legal team. Still others pay for legal services on retainer, and you may be wondering when it is appropriate and beneficial to hire an attorney on retainer.

What Is a Retainer?
Before you make the decision to hire an attorney on retainer, it is important to understand what a retainer is. A retainer is an agreement with a specific lawyer or a full firm that requires you to pay a regular fee to the attorney’s office. In exchange for this, you have a lawyer or legal team at your disposal to assist with all legal matters. You may still have to pay a small fee for the use of their services, but this fee may be reduced in comparison to the attorney’s normal hourly rate. A retainer should not be confused with retaining a lawyer for legal services. Retaining a lawyer for legal services means that the attorney has been hired to tackle a specific task, and having an attorney on retainer means that a standing retainer agreement is in place.

When Should You Use a Retainer for Legal Services?
Having an attorney on retainer can be beneficial for some, but it may not be a cost-effective decision for others. Consider your need for legal services as a first step. Do you regularly use legal services to draft documents, review documents and more? Do you have the need for a full-time, in-house attorney? The amount of legal work you have over the course of a week or a month may dictate which legal service situation is best for your needs and your budget.

The decision to hire an attorney on retainer is not a matter to take lightly. If you have decided that this is the right legal setup for your needs, your next task is to find the right attorney or legal firm to hire on retainer. Each office may have a different level of service they provide on retainer, so carefully compare the options. If necessary, negotiate the cost of legal services as well as the services rendered through the retainer so that your business benefits from the most attractive terms possible.

Document Shredding – Protecting Sensitive Records and Private Data

In the business world, executives, staff members, and employees are always getting together for meetings. During the session, attendees are usually discussing important matters pertaining to their business. In almost every meeting, someone will throw out a million-dollar idea for the sake of improving the business. In most cases the person with the bright mind doesn’t see the value in their own idea. They probably made the suggestion to ease their workload or raise the eyebrows of their colleagues. Unbeknownst to them, the management takes the idea and uses it for their next big development strategy.

Guarding Corporate Secrets and Pertinent Information

Almost every large company records the information from their public and private meetings. If they operate under a corporate name, hard physical copies of this data must remain on file. After years and years of meetings, the company will have a pile of documents filled with secrets, corporate plans, and marketing strategies. If the company ever shuts down or changes their business model, they will need document shredding services to protect their secrets.

Why Document Shredding Is Important

To an employee or small business owner, document destruction services may seem inessential. Why pay for this service when you can just pay someone to haul your files to the dump? On a small scale, this question seems legitimate and even economical in some instances. When you think about this from a big business perspective, document shredding is highly necessary for growth and brand protection. In large business circles, competition is tough and success is hanging by a string. No idea is safe because everyone has the capital to duplicate someone else’s money-making strategy.

Little to No Friends In Business

The content person with the bright idea does not exist in a boardroom full of tycoons. This atmosphere is different because everyone at this table is listening with their business ear and watching with their business eye. Tycoons are not always ethical, and some of them may try to obtain secrets by paying dumpster-divers. Paying a person to rummage through someone else’s trash is low–but it is also inexpensive. This unlawful practice is quite common, and it is the reason why paper shredding services can exist. A good portion of brand protection is document protection, and this includes shredding, destroying, and discarding.

Document Shredding – The Best Solution

Stealing ideas is a serious matter, but it is an offense that anyone can commit with ease. How can you accuse someone of stealing your idea when everyone has a brain? The government tries to get a handle on this matter through licensing, and they are successful for the most part. Unfortunately, there is always a cunning group that finds their way around the law somehow. Document shredding is the only solid protector because it eliminates your registered ideas and sensitive records permanently. After this process, no devious individual can be a threat to you unless they find a way inside your thoughts. For more information, visit the Shred-it website.

Why Some Methods of Document Shredding Are More Secure Than Others

Document shredding is an exceptional way for you to keep your private information out of the hands of others with prying eyes. Many individuals as well as businesses make use of secure document destruction methods to safeguard everything from printouts of tax returns and bank statements to credit card numbers and much more. Health care centers may even need to shred documents that have personal health information of their patients on them. While you may be well aware of the importance of using document shredding, you may not be aware that there are different shredding techniques that are currently in use. By reviewing the different types of secure document destruction techniques available, you can more easily make the right buying decision for your needs.

Understanding the Differences in Types of Shredders
Before you make any decisions about the best method for shredding your documents, it is important to understand that there are different types of paper shredders. These variations are derived from how the paper is shredded. The least secure option is the strip cut shredder. This shreds papers into long strips, and it is least secure because the shredded pieces can easily be pieced back together by a tenacious individual. The next option provides you with a step-up in security, and it is the pierce and tear option. This method includes both punch holes in paper and ripping it to shreds. The final option with the most superior level of security comes from the hammermill method, which will completely destroy the documents. This method shreds documents into increasingly smaller pieces for maximum security.

How to Decide Which is Best for Your Needs
Before you decide which is right for you, you also need to consider your security risk as well as liability. If you are a private individual who rarely shreds documents, you may be agreeable to using a strip cut shredder device at home. If you run a major corporation and need to protect vital credit card information or other personal information from your clients, you may face a considerable liability risk by not taking every step possible to safeguard information. If this is the case, you may need to hire a third party destruction service that uses that hammermill method for paper shredding.

It is great to have several shredding options available to choose from, but you need to find the option that is most cost-effective as well as most suitable for your security needs. Regardless of whether you use a shredding service or you shred documents on your own, keep these valid points in mind to help you make a great decision for your needs. The Shred-it website may be able to provide additional insights.

Take a Quick Quiz…

Take the next step to find out if joining the Lillians team is right for you!

Click on the “Take the Quiz” button below to complete a quick preliminary questionnaire. It just takes a few moments to tell us a little about you. If you are accepted, you will be invited to complete a Personal Profile to help us get to know you in more detail. This information will be held in confidence and does not obligate you in any way to purchase a Lillians franchise.

Attend a Passion Day…

Passion Day to Lillians is what typical franchises call Discovery Day. We do want you to discover things, but first and foremost, we want only passionate women coming through our door!

At Passion Day, held in Plymouth, MN, you will learn more about the Lillians story and history, about the franchise model in general, about our marketing support, our buy process, and our training. We will make a store visit as well!

Prior to Passion Day – you will have completed an online application with some brief information about yourself. You will also have received a phone call from a member of our Leadership Team. You may then be given a Franchise Application Form to complete so we have a good picture of who you are when you arrive. We should feel like old friends!

Below is the list of Passion Day events for 2014:

  • Friday, February 14th, 2014
  • Friday, February 28th, 2014
  • Friday, March 14th, 2014
  • Friday, March 28th, 2014
  • Friday, April 4th, 2014
  • Friday, April 11th, 2014
  • Friday, May 2nd, 2014
  • Friday, May 9th, 2014
  • Friday, June 6th, 2014
  • Friday, June 13th, 2014
  • Friday, July 11th, 2014
  • Friday, July 18th, 2014
  • Friday, August 1st, 2014
  • Friday, August 8th, 2014
  • Friday, September 5th, 2014
  • Friday, September 12th, 2014
  • Friday, October 3rd, 2014
  • Friday, October 10th, 2014
  • Friday, November 7th, 2014
  • Friday, November 14th, 2014
  • Friday, December 5th, 2014
  • Friday, December 12th, 2014

Leadership and Support…


We promote idea generation, open communication and direct marketplace knowledge to flow both ways. We are better together. We are the pioneers, have done the testing, have made the investment, and have taken the risks. Let us share what makes this business so magical – with you!

Lillians wants each Shoppe owner to be successful and provides 5 days of one-on-one specific training in general business operations, inventory management, customer service, marketing, and retail merchandising. There are Operations and Training Manuals for you to keep with you as well as ongoing support by our staff. Classroom training is conducted in Plymouth, MN. In-Shoppe training is done at a Shoppe near you or our corporate office.

Marketing and Advertising

Lillians has created a brand that sings and it sizzles! Our internal marketing team makes everything Lillians come alive. We have all the marketing tools you need to start your business and serve your guests. We also custom design marketing tools for any of your unique Shoppe events.


Lillians has a company-wide Intranet system that increases the efficiency of internal business operations. There you will find resources for your Shoppe, marketing materials, operations information, sales numbers, and merchandise information – everything you need at your fingertips anytime!

Support Second to None

We want women who understand the meaning of ‘serving.’ We want individuals with experience in business that have a strong work ethic, an exciting personality, and the ability to be a world-class communicator and salesperson. The perfect franchisee would be a polished, fashion forward professional who is well known and admired in the community, who has a positive outlook on life, has endless energy, is financially stable, and has a craving to serve and build a business that is the “first-of-its-kind” social franchise for women!

Lillians mission of growth and teamwork by following the three “P”s!


  • taking care of ourselves
  • spending time with family and friends
  • to lead with integrity and by faith


  • to stay on the Lillians journey of building a ‘GREAT’ company
  • to continue our philanthropic mission of Sara’s Dance Foundation
  • to finish what we started and reach our dreams!


  • we are all on the same team
  • to change lives of women over and over again
  • at the end of the day, we become better human beings because of what we have learned

Lillians offers something to women who are no longer interested in the interstate malls. We want to promote shopping locally and giving back to the community. We want to offer great merchandise at a great price. In this economy, no matter what financial status, everyone is more conscious of their budget. We want to give every woman the opportunity to look and feel pretty and on trend!

Why Franchise with Lillians?

Nationwide, female entrepreneurs have found increasing satisfaction and fortune in owning their own business. Research shows that women across the world are starting new businesses at increasing rates. Women are no longer sitting by idly and waiting for the glass slipper to fit, nor are they hunkered down in some corporate giant, looking up through a glass ceiling. They are heading up companies, sitting on boards and foundations, and turning their passion into a paycheck that works for their lifestyle. Think Lillians!

What Lillians Offers

  • One of the lowest initial investments in the industry. $18K! We want our Shoppe owners to focus on filling their store, not financing an initial fee.
  • Due to our exciting model, your initial investment in inventory is also a fraction of the cost of most retail fashion and accessory stores out there. We want our floors dripping with the latest and greatest in fashion and accessories, but typical initial buys would be under $20,000.
  • Strong voice in product selection
  • Broad customer base – we serve all ages!
  • Variety of brands
  • No required uniform build outs
  • Ongoing support and training
  • Great internal marketing team
  • Great product turn – it’s always something new!
  • Franchise agreement of only 10 years


Looking brilliant is easy with one of many designer patent leather bags on your arm. They’ll add POLISH to anything you wear!
– STRIPES, PATENT LEATHER, and anything ‘WHITE’ is HOT for spring!
– Lucite, Neon & Acrylic are ‘IT’ for jewelry.
– NAVY & COBALT are new spring colors on the fashion runway.
New dazzling patents inspired by Burberry & Marc Jacobs. Grab a matching clutch or fun credit card holders that POP with color . . .like hot pink, turquoise, white and camel.
The Coach delicious spring stripes are here! Find styles
that include the Legacy bag, the Kady Tote and the
Small Bucket Bag.
The Coach Signature ‘c’ bag and the Coach ‘patchwork’ arrive just in time for you to be the first to hit the streets.
Come in and select from the hottest new designs inspired by:
Mui Mui
Dooney & Bourke
Louis Vuitton
Kate Spade
And More!
It’s Back!
The spring Fendi Spy Bag in Pewter and White!
New BLING inspired by David Yurman and John Hardy. Tiffany necklaces and bracelets back by popular demand!
HEARTS in bright colors are in for spring.
STACK’EM! Lucite and Acrylic bracelets with Bling!

‘The Hippest Shoppe in Town!’

First ever charity event called ‘the dance!’ Lillians will be there!

One of the most ‘inspiring’ women in our life was Grandma Lillian. Born in 1906, she grew up on a farm in Greenfield, Minnesota, where she raised 6 daughters! On Sunday mornings, after working hard in the fields all week, she would walk to her church to pump the organ for the Sunday morning services . . .and then walk home again. Her kindness never stopped. We opened our first Lillians shoppe in celebration of Grandma Lillian, who in her 85 years never complained about hard work or saw anything negative in the people around her. She lived a modest life, but taught us all about giving, serving, and putting family first. Grandma’s legacy in now offered in 7 Charming locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We would love to see you!
Cindy and Sue