Lawyers play a key role in our businesses. It is very important to consult them before making any decision that can have legal ramifications. It’s even advisable to hire an attorney for his services instead of consult one whenever something goes wrong. More often than not, it’s not the smartest idea. Regardless of your business’s size, every business requires a lawyer’s advice whether it’s on tax concerns or legal issue. Just like any other relationship, your relationship with your lawyer requires time to develop. For thus reasons, it is important to lay a strong background that will sustain the partnership.
Part of laying the groundwork involves choosing the right candidate. How do you do this? There are a few thing/qualities you need to lookout for in a lawyer. They include but not limited to the following:
Law is quite an extensive field. It is therefore very important to find a professional who specializes in small-business problems that affect you and your business. As an entrepreneur, you need to find someone who understands the different business structures and their tax implications. In as much as experience is important, you need to be careful. There are some law firms which use this hype to their advantage. Ask for recommendations from other business owners or professionals such as bankers.
Before hiring a lawyer to provide you with their services, it is important to ensure that the lawyer is certified to practice within your state. It is possible to verify this by checking with your State’s Bar Association. You can also use the following to determine a lawyer’s qualifications: membership, testimonials, history, practice and word of mouth.
c) Track record
Researching is critical when it comes to looking for a competent lawyer. Part of your research should include learning about the potential of the lawyer by looking at his/her history. Determine whether the lawyer has a good track record both on file and online. Check whether he has ever been burred as a result of professional misconduct. You may also want to check online for reviews about the law firm.
Determine whether the lawyer is willing and able to learn about your business’s goals. Be kind enough to share your vision with them and see if they are willing to go with you up to the finish line. It is very important to do this because it will help the both of you to establish a long lasting relationship with one another.
e) Ability to communicate
As part of establishing a strong relationship with your lawyer, you need to know if they are capable of keeping an open line of communication. This will allow you to reach them whenever you need their services. Check to see if the lawyer speaks in legalese and does not bother to give explanations to some of the terms. If this is how they behave, you are best advised to look for someone else who can explain to you what they are doing.