General Legal Counsel
"The practice of law is dynamic; different situations require different approaches."
Jack Burtch, Jr., Attorney
In West Virginia, attorneys fill two principal roles. The one that likely comes to mind when you hear "lawyer" is the role of Advocate. When an attorney files pleadings, or makes oral argument, or otherwise operates within the strict confines of the law and legal procedure, they are being an Advocate.
The second role is one that often gets overlooked, but is just as important: the role of Counselor.
Counseling clarifies what you need.
The law can be confusing and intimidating. Whether you're facing a specific legal issue, or simply need some general guidance, it is helpful to have a lawyer walk you through your concerns. It is only through this process of counseling that an attorney can accurately evaluate your options and explore legal, as well as ethical and practical, considerations.
Big businesses know the secret.
It is no coincidence that so many large businesses maintain permanent legal departments (aka. In-House Counsel). While you may not need to employ a full-time team of lawyers, having an attorney on-call to discuss your concerns can help you avoid -- or remedy -- problems.