"My dad has a carpet and hard floor business locally. I am currently in a different industry but am thinking of getting involved in the same industry as him. He is a sole trader and we would like some advice as to the best way for me to get involved in his industry. Would this be something you would be able to help with?"
I started off an email saying you could incorporate the business and give the son shares, and I would charge c. £ for that.
I then thought of all the problems that might crop up and how it would be easy to waste my time talking to him as they would never pay a reasonable fee.
So I said unfortunately I'm too busy right now to help.
How would you have handled this?