I couldn’t sit back and watch these practices open themselves up to liability that a few documents and some basic legal education could cover. I know that they, like me, probably left behind a more secure position in conventional medicine to follow their passion of helping patients through functional medicine. I also know that most providers who practice functionally spend their hard-earned money on continuing education, conferences, and marketing for patients. (It feels like my wife is always at a new clinical education conference.) Because all their resources are spent becoming a great functional medicine provider or getting new patients, it can be an afterthought to spend extra money on legal protection. It can also be daunting to find an attorney who understands your unique needs as a functional medicine provider. You might be saying, “Yes! That is my story! There has to be a better way!” I agree. And that is why Functional Lawyer is here today. Functional Lawyer is the better way.
Most physicians want to "do things the right way" legally, but are not putting proper protection in place.
Most functional medicine doctors are scared of legal ramifications. They have this nagging feeling that they could lose their license or that they are just exposed legally. So they hold back in advertising or growing financially because they don’t want to raise any red flags. They’re frustrated because every time they go looking for answers, they don’t seem to be there.
You may be putting your license and business at risk.
Given the options available, physicians may...
turn to their medical colleagues to ask legal questions and borrow legal documents. But deep down they know that they aren’t protected with those solutions. But they think that they can’t find an attorney that understands them, or that if they do they will have to pay high hourly legal fees.
What doctors really need
Really, they need someone to give them the tools (quality legal documents and education) to protect themselves and build solid legal and business foundations that allow them to grow with confidence, free from anxiety, and focus on changing the lives of their patients.
That's where we come in.
Kim Baydarian, M.D.
"I no longer feel so alone. Before joining, I made a lot of legal decisions based on my best guess and I knew I was out of my comfort zone. Now I feel like I can get support and in depth answers quickly and without weighing the big hassle of setting up an appointment with a lawyer, getting nervous, watching the clock, and paying the hefty $495/hour. I much prefer the safety net of knowing every week I can join a call and get answers. I also get answers to questions I wonder about but for which I would never set up an appointment."
I've been in your shoes.
Hi, I am Scott Rattigan, a licensed attorney in Florida. A few years ago, I helped my wife start up her functional medicine practice. Every night after work at my firm, we sat at the kitchen table trying to bootstrap our way into a successful practice for both us and for her patients. I realized we needed professional help with the legal side of things. (Even though I practiced civil litigation, I was no expert in this new field.) We hired a healthcare attorney to help with initial paperwork and contracts. Our experience was similar to many other physicians with whom I’ve spoken. While the attorney was helpful for overall advice and counsel, they were unclear of the unique needs specific to functional medicine.
Later on, I left the security of my law firm job behind to follow my passion of bringing functional medicine into the mainstream. I joined the Evolution of Medicine team as a Practitioner Support Specialist, helping providers to be successful in their businesses.
By speaking with an average of 40 providers a day, and reviewing their websites and content, I quickly realized these providers were practicing with little if any legal protection. Having been there myself, and talking with providers around the country, I knew that they had anxiety over their legal issues. And in most cases, this uncertainty and anxiety have held them back from pursuing some of their bigger dreams out of fear of legal liability.
At Functional Lawyer™, we understand the complex nuances and unique needs of your practice. In 2017, the average billable rate for an experienced healthcare attorney was $576 per hour. We make it easy for you to protect yourself and your business while saving you thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees. Our contracts are written and edited by expert functional medicine lawyers who know how to safeguard your practice and your license. Our Membership is broken into efficient and easily digestible education segments to empower you to protect yourself without taking hours of your precious time. Getting legal confidence has never been this convenient.
How Functional Lawyer Works
The first step is to schedule a call with me to ensure we are a fit.
Then your options are either a comprehensive membership or document templates.
Schedule a Call
The first step is our Proprietary Legal Health Assessment. This is a 45-minute consultation in which a legal consultant conducts a 360-degree analysis of the legal health of your practice.
Join the Membership
Many providers need not only foundational legal documents but also regular guidance and education to safely protect their practice.
Document Template Library
For more well-established practices, or those that are only trying to fill a specific acute need, the Document Template Library provides the opportunity to purchase individual or a handful of document templates a-la-carte.
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The 5 Essential Documents That Every Functional Medicine Doctor Must Have