Do You Have a Competent Business Attorney?
One of the most important things you can do as a business owner is hire lawyer who specializes in business law. A lawyer who understands and is familiar with the importance of corporate structure and obtaining permits and licenses will prove to be one of the most helpful business decisions you’ve made.
Finding a good business attorney may be more difficult than it sounds. While it is possible to open the phone book and pick the first corporate litigation or business lawyer you see, that is often times not the best choice. The right business attorney for your company will most likely come from a referral or information service offered by the local bar association. These organizations specialize in providing businesses with corporate attorneys that best match their needs. Usually, the bar association will set up a free initial consultation with an attorney or provide you with free referrals to business lawyers that specialize in your particular area of business and is better equipped to handle your needs.
Researching corporate lawyers on the Internet is another method of finding the right business attorney, but you have to take the time to research each firm. Like searching through the phone book, there are many attorneys who label themselves as “business lawyer” or “corporate attorney,” but they may not have the specific qualifications, knowledge and experience you’re looking for. Make sure the business attorney you contact has real-world experience with legal business issues that are similar to yours.
You can also find business attorney referral websites, which sometimes offer free referrals to corporate lawyers in your area. Simply enter the search terms like “business attorney,” “starting a corporation” or “corporate litigator” and the referral service will list the best matches for you. It may take some time to receive the results, but once you have found a business lawyer that appears to be right for you, you can set up a consultation. Be sure to check with your local chamber of commerce and/or the Better Business Bureau before your face-to-face meeting. Find out if the business attorney has any complaints against them.
During the consultation, you can ask more in depth and specific questions to make sure the business attorney has the right experience and qualifications to be retained for your company. Find out exactly what the lawyer’s specialty is and if it is an area in which you need legal assistance.
Most importantly, gauge your sense of comfort with the business lawyer. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with the lawyer and they will be privy to the inner workings of your company. You will need to be able to trust them and be a get along personally. Having a business attorney you trust will help navigate your company through rough legal waters and get you through with an outcome that is most beneficial to your business.