Choosing a Small Business Lawyer

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Published: Dec 18, 2017 | Updated: Dec 19, 2017 |


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How Do You Find the Right Small Business Lawyer?

If you own or intend to start a small business, you are probably going to need a lawyer. A small-business lawyer can help you start your business, review proposed leases, and negotiate and prepare contracts.

If you intend to do business in New York you are probably aware that New York has plenty of taxes and regulations. A small business attorney can help you understand what regulations apply to your business, and help you comply with those regulations.

You should also consult with a small business lawyer to decide what type of business formation best suits your needs. For example, whether you will form a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, S-Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, or Not for Profit Corporation.

Although most lawyers can do the legal work it may be difficult to find the right lawyer for you and your business.

Consider the Following When Choosing Your Lawyer

1) Time and Attention - You lawyer should return phone calls within a reasonable period of time. If a lawyer does not seem to have time to speak with you, he or she cannot give you the attention you need. Be prepared, however, to pay for his time otherwise this may be the very reason he or she does not have time.

2) Understanding of your Business - Every small business is different so you need a lawyer willing to learn about your business. Different businesses have different problems and different needs.

3) Understanding of Potential Problems - Your lawyer should be able to explain what problems you may encounter and explain how to avoid them or minimize the risk.

4) Communication - Your lawyer should be able to explain even the most complex legal situation in terms you can understand.

5) Affordable Fees - Before you hire a lawyer, make sure you understand his or her fee system. Ask about fees for specific jobs, such as business formation, and the drafting of contracts and legal agreements.

6) Personality - You should probably like your lawyer, or at least be comfortable with his or her advise. He or she should also be a good match. For instance, if you are the type that does not pay close attention to detail, find a lawyer that will hold your feet to the fire.



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