Building and running a successful business is a dream many wish to achieve but comes with a lot of challenges especially when it come to the law and litigation ones. When starting a business, one enters into many legal agreements such as securing a financial loan, hiring employees and many more. Therefore the different aspects related to business like regulation, incorporation, compliance, copyright and trademark, and legal liability require the services of a professional business attorney. Finding the right lawyer to represent your business can be a daunting task though. The tips below will guide you on how to find the best business lawyer.
- Look up for many different business lawyers and make a list which will help you to narrow down to the right one. Places to look for include the local bar association, personal referrals, online services like websites, family, friends and co-workers and also the state bar association.
- Once you are done compiling a list, now it is time to find out everything about the individual lawyer and pick the best. Look for a list of clients the lawyer has ever represented and consider if the lawyer represents businesses similar to yours and if they represent any of your competitors or someone you are might be entangled in a legal tussle with.
- It is necessary for you to run internet searches for the lawyers’ name. This may lead you to articles done about them, legal cases they have handled and may be articles or blogs they have written. Use this information to judge about the lawyers’ experience and reputation.
- If the information you get online is not enough, take the initiative and call the attorney. A good attorney will gladly take their time to talk to a potential customer. Ask general questions and specific ones like for how long they have been a lawyer, if they are well connected, if they have any clients similar to you, etc. Ask them to mail any brochures or literature they have. Make sure you call people who can give references and ascertain that the information you are given is true. This will gauge their skills and trustworthiness.
- Conduct a check with the local and state bar associations to ascertain if the lawyer is licensed to practice law in the state, whether they have ever been disciplined, if they are certified as specialists or experts. If you detect any problem remove them from your list.
- Consider the promptness of the lawyer in communicating with you and the convenience of where they are located. Also gauge their willingness to work with you.
- As you narrow down to the right attorney, consider the costs. Depending on the work you want the attorney to do, they might charge an hourly fee, a flat fee or a contingent fee. Consider which fee fits your budget and also consider if there are any special needs you have. Special needs might be a lawyer who speaks another specific language rather than English.
Do not wait to be sued. Many businesses put off hiring a lawyer until they are served with summons. This is a bad mistake because the problem will have already occurred and also the time for looking for a lawyer is limited hence you might not find the right one. Once you start your business make sure you hook up with a professional lawyer and maintain the relationship.
For more useful information for you business and the law: https://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/business-law-regulations