Practice Areas and Service Philosophy

HeutmakerLaw, pc was formed to provide business and transactional law expertise to entrepreneurs and businesses that want timely and practical advice and expertise in order to establish, operate and grow their companies.

After many years of practicing law, we believe that many lawyers have become so concerned with protecting their firms from liability that they are afraid to give their clients advice. They often research their position so thoroughly (and bill their clients for it) that by the time they develop an answer, the need for the advice has already passed. Or, they put so many caveats in their answers that their clients still don’t know what decision to make after the advice has been delivered. Many lawyers seem to have lost sight of the value of their services in relation to its cost.

We believe that business people want a lawyer that (i) is available when needed, (ii) is able and willing to give them practical advice from a businessperson’s perspective and (iii) whose fees are reasonable in relation to their value.

As an entrepreneur myself, I understand that business people need someone that they can count on to be on their team that has the expertise and experience that their business requires. They also want someone that they can bounce ideas off and from whom they will get candid answers. Sometimes they even want someone that will be honest enough to admit that they don’t know an answer to a question but that is resourceful enough to find it.

Our practice focuses on areas in which we have substantial experience, including:

  • Entity Formation; General Counsel Services;
  • Securities Law;
  • Licensing Matters; and
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

We don’t try to practice in areas where we’re not experienced, but have a network of colleagues experienced in other areas of the law that we can call on when needed to meet a client’s objectives. Our fee structures are very flexible and are designed for businesses.

While we generally charge for our services on an hourly basis, we can be very flexible in terms of fee structure and billing arrangements. We will consider any fee arrangements that make sense from a business perspective including fixed fees for certain types of projects, retainer arrangements and lower hourly rates for ongoing work. For certain clients and in some limited circumstances, we will even consider taking an equity position in a client if we can adequately align our financial interests with those of our client.

We are committed to helping businesses in Montana and the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions succeed. We also believe that it is important to give back to our communities in the form of participation in local and regional business and civic organizations.

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss our services and to discover how we can assist you in achieving your business and personal goals.

Dear Client

I'm looking forward to meeting you and learning about your business and your vision.
Sincerely,
Jeff Heutmaker, Attorney

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