Hiring the Best Lawyer for Your Business

As a business owner, you understand the importance of hiring a lawyer that will best represent the interests of your business. You probably also have realized that choosing a lawyer is not the easiest task. The following tips will help ensure that you find the best lawyer for your business:

1. Research carefully and thoroughly to find the right legal expert. You want a lawyer that has an interest in your business and a desire to help you. Ask trustworthy professionals (i.e. accountants, bankers, other business-owners, etc.) around you for referrals. You might even consider checking with your state Bar association for a list of lawyers who specialize in business representation. When searching for the right lawyer ask for the lawyer’s references, and don’t hesitate to fact-check or call their references.

2. Interview a prospective lawyer. While good references are important, you shouldn’t base your final decision on what other people tell you. Most lawyers will charge a consultation fee, but realize that this is a small amount to pay to ensure that you choose the right lawyer to represent your business’ needs. When meeting with lawyer:

a. Be sure they have the right knowledge and experience to help you with your business’ particular needs. Ask lots of questions about how long they have been practicing, their specialties (i.e. bankruptcy, patent, merger and acquisition lawyer, etc.), past cases, etc.

b. Discuss legal fees and costs, how you will be billed, and what you are expected to pay.

c. Don’t rush the interview be sure that the lawyer has an adequate understanding of your business and your industry.

d. Find out their availability and how accessible they will be to help you when you need them.

e. Make sure they know that it is not acceptable for them to turn your case over to a legal assistant after your retainer is paid.

f. Ask to see samples of the types of legal forms that may be used for your business in the case that you may need your lawyer to prepare contracts and legal forms for you.

3. Once you’ve chosen a lawyer, be sure not to dump all of your problems on them at once. Instead, work with your lawyer to determine a strategy to tackle your questions and problems and don’t expect the lawyer to do everything for you. It is important that you do the things you are able to do, and let your lawyer do the things that he or she is there to do. That way you are both working together and on the same page.

Employment Law – Know the Facts and Hire the Best Lawyers to Protect You

By far one of the most litigious areas of law is employment law, every employer knows that if you make a mistake here, it can cost you years of profits, lots of stress or even your company’s reputation in the industry or your local community, as these types of lawsuits nearly always end up in the newspapers. The best way to protect yourself is to make sure that your company manuals are current, that you follow the OSHA laws and that your human resource folks know the laws.

If your company is small, then you better know the laws too, and know them well. You need a competent attorney who specializes in this area of law to keep you from getting into hot water, that could cost you dearly later on down the road. You have to know the facts, but you need to have some background knowledge first. So, I recommend that you buy a book or two on employment law and a book on employment forms too. If there ever is a lawsuit, the side which has the best documentation, generally will win.

Ask your attorney what types of information you need, what is important to keep track of and learn about the most common types of lawsuits out there. Even if you are a small company with only a few employees, you need to be careful and know the facts. I have seen companies go out of business over simple employment lawsuits. I do not want to see that happen to you, I want you to succeed in your business, so hire the best, and get some knowledge under your belt to hedge yourself against any future lawsuits.

Finding the Best Lawyer For Your Needs

If you think that finding a lawyer is as easy as ordering food from the menu, then you are getting it the wrong way. Searching for your next lawyer that can help you with your misdemeanor case will not be easy even though you have a phone book in your hand that lists the lawyers in the city. The information that you can get from the phone book or from the yellow pages may not be enough and these sources of information may not help you make an informed and an educated choice.

The best lawyer that you can get cannot be provided by the yellow pages, and your friends and your network are the ones that truly help you. Talking to friends and your network in the community may be a good idea in order to find your next lawyer. Here’s one example on how to find your defender. If you are facing a minor offense like a misdemeanor charge, then you can always ask your friends or the friends of your friends who have these kinds of experiences. You can ask them who their lawyers were and also ask what they think of these lawyers. Try talking to a few of your friends who know these cases and chances are at the end of the day, you can roughly say who are the lawyers are who are not good ideas for your case and who are the likely candidates.

But don’t stop on the recommendations of these people that you’ve talked to in the streets, the bars and the city hall. Different people may say different views about a person. For this reason, you go to your last screening. And that’s to talk personally to the lawyer. Meet the lawyer, discuss your case and decide from there if you feel comfortable with your new-found lawyer.