Choosing The Best Lawyer For Your Business
Last updated: 2021-05-31 (originally published on 2016-12-06) — by Alex
All businesses have legal needs that should be addressed by a qualified lawyer. As a business owner you may need an attorney for the purpose of forming a partnership. A growing business requires a lawyer who can review contracts and leases. You may be involved in a legal dispute that arises from breach of contract.
These are just a few of the scenarios that make it necessary for business owners to find competent lawyers. You can start the process of finding a lawyer through business lawyer referrals and consultations that will help you choose the best lawyer for your legal needs.
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It is always a good idea to start your search for a lawyer as soon as you can. If you put off your search until you are involved in a lawsuit or when a legal matter has progressively worsened, the situation will become more complicated and costly.
Referrals from Different Sources
- One of the best sources of referrals is other entrepreneurs. While you may not want to hire an attorney who works with your competitors in the industry, you definitely need a lawyer who is well versed with your type of business. Get in touch with business owners and ask them for recommendations.
- Local bar associations are organizations that consist of lawyers. Each state has them and they usually provide referrals to their members. People can find bar associations in their area by visiting their national website.
- Online commercial referral services can also be used to ease the search for a lawyer according to their location and the area of law that they specialize in.
- If you have previously worked with a lawyer for other legal matters, you can get in touch with them and ask about business lawyers that they can recommend. Lawyers can recommend other professionals who will be able to deal with your business issues. Learn about trademark infringement here.
After gathering referrals, go through different lawyers’ websites. Many lawyers have websites that prospective clients can use to gather information about them. Some lawyers are sole proprietors and others are part of firms.
Law firms vary in size, specialists, scope of work and charges. Their websites should provide useful information that will enable you to gain insight into the work they do. You should be able to gather information about the lawyer’s credentials, the cases they work on, testimonials from clients and whether or not the lawyers specialise in particular legal fields.
- People can set aside time to consult a few lawyers and find out more about their expertise. Pick some candidates that you can talk to and narrow down your choices to a manageable number of consultations. The lawyer may charge a consultation fee.
- Preparing questions beforehand will ensure that you get all the information that you need. Your questions should ideally be based on key aspects of your business and legal needs.
- A consultation will enable you to determine whether the lawyer has the credentials and experience to help you with your business matters. Ask about their experience in your field, how long they have been practicing and how they communicate with their clients.
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