Tips for Hiring a Small Business Lawyer, Part One

Cary Small Business Lawyers Can Help!

If you are starting a small business, you may want to consult with Cary small business lawyers before you actually need one. Once you are in legal trouble or have been sued, it is too late. You are going to want legal representation and you may have to scramble to find an attorney. You may end up hiring someone you do not feel comfortable with or paying more than you had hoped. Taking steps now to hire to a small business lawyer can be beneficial to your business in the long run.
You might not just need a lawyer when you have legal problems. A lawyer can help when you are writing a small business plan; drawing up, signing or negotiating contracts; and researching federal and local business regulations. Having Cary small business lawyers from the start of your business can play a part in the success of your venture.
So, how do you find a small business lawyer? In this two-part series, we’ll give you tips on finding and hiring the right lawyer for your needs. Let’s look at a few questions to ask your potential new lawyer to see if he or she is a good fit for you and your business.

  1. How much experience do you have?

Having many years of experience may boost your confidence in your prospective future lawyer, but don’t just look at quantity. The quality and scope of a lawyer’s work in the industry may outweigh the number of years he or she has been in practice.

  1. Will you be handling my work and/or cases?

Some lawyers delegate work to paralegals or other assistants. Make sure you are comfortable with the amount that will be handed off, and that you are able to speak with the person working on your issues so that you can see if you are comfortable with that person as well as your attorney.

  1. What is your preferred form of communication?

Email is king these days, but some people like texts, phone calls, or scheduled meetings in person. Ask for the best method of contact so that you will know how to get in touch should a problem arise.

  1. What kind of timeframe for a response should I expect?

Make sure your expectations are outlined clearly in the beginning. You do not want to assume that your phone call or email will be returned the same day when the lawyer has a different policy. You can also check to see if the paralegal or other assistant will be returning calls to answer your questions; not your lawyer.

  1. How will you bill me?

Make sure you are familiar with the billing process and agree to the fee structure before you hire your attorney. A reputable lawyer should be upfront about their fees and potential costs for their services. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. It is better to have a clear understanding before you get your first bill.
Come back to check out part two of the series to learn more questions to ask before hiring Cary small business lawyers.
Eldreth and Eldreth | Cary Small Business Lawyers
Are you starting a small business? Call Eldreth and Eldreth to learn how we can help you with small business planning, contracts, business regulations, and more so that you can get your company started on the right path to success.

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