If you’re looking to start your own business, you should probably get “lawyered up” right away! It’s tempting to just say you’ll cross that bridge when you come to it, if for example you need to sue or you get sued yourself, but having a good business attorney in your corner can stop those problems from even occurring in the first place. Still, the mere process of getting one can be a process daunting enough that you wish it could be handled by, say, a lawyer. We’ve collected a few decent tips to help you along the way.
The decision about what kind of firm to employ depends largely on how ambitious you are for your business. If you’re aggressively targeting growth, a large law firm will have sufficient expertise to tackle the range of obstacles you’re likely to encounter. Predictably, though, such law firms can be pricey; a smaller firm might not have quite the same level of know how and experience, however it will be a more modest price, which is conducive for a growing business. As more complicated issues arise, a smaller firm can refer matters to focused attorneys or law firms in those areas as need be.
So, once you’ve decided on what size firm best suits you, how do you choose between them? How can you tell the difference between a good lawyer and a bad one? There are several questions you might consider asking, the most obvious being to quiz them on their experience. They could have clocked up over 50 years in the profession, but they might never have handled cases relevant to a small business, so don’t hesitate to press them for specific detail about their achievements. You are talking to a lawyer; they should be able to handle a little interrogation. They should also, of course, be good communicators, capable of getting across difficult legal concepts in a clear and concise fashion. A good lawyer should be keen to share their knowledge with you, rather than horde it all for themselves so you always have to rely on them. Finally, it’s easy to overlook how important actually getting along with your lawyer is; you can’t have a fractious, squabbling relationship with the legal counsel in your corner.
Hopefully, you’ll find a lawyer that fits your business like a glove, and helps it become whatever you want it to be. The relationship between a business and a lawyer should be friendly, productive, and mutually beneficial. By taking some time to choose the right one, you’re sure to achieve exactly that.
Give us a call today to consider Holt Law as your business counsel. You’ll be surprised by our responsive and friendly approach to “lawyering”.