If you own a Business, odds are at some time you
will need a Business Lawyer. A Business Lawyer may mean
the difference between keeping or losing your business. Following are some
There are basically two types of business
attorneys: those who handle lawsuits (called business
litigators) and those attorneys who handle contracts and
corporate matters (called transactional attorneys). Some
attorneys do both, but most tend to specialize in one area or
the other. If you're involved in a lawsuit, look for a business
litigator. Otherwise, a attorney who handles business
transactions may be your best bet.
You should think about retaining a attorney or a law firm that
has areas of expertise to cover your anticipated business needs
in the future. It's not a bad idea, for example, to look at a
"full service" firm that does both transactional work and
Look to see if a attorney is connected with associations that
cater to your legal issues. For example, most bar associations
have sections in business law and other related categories.
Having a attorney who is involved in a chamber of commerce or
other local organizations may also be a good sign, depending on
your legal needs.
Unless there are special circumstances, you'll want to hire a
attorney with an office that is not too far away from your
business. Special circumstances where you may have to go out of
town would include a situation where local attorneys don't
specialize in the area where you have specific legal needs, or
where you're planning on expanding operations to another
location. If you're involved in business in different cities or
out of state, you should also consider a attorney or law firm
with offices (or with affiliations with other attorneys or
firms) in some of those locations.
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