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Choosing a Lawyer for Your Business: A Guide

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Choosing a Lawyer for Your Business: A Guide

At some point in time when running your business, you’re likely to need the help of a lawyer. Whether you need help signing leases, dealing with taxes, handling employees, or representation in court. It can be helpful to find a lawyer before you even start your business, but equally as helpful if you already have a business up and running. 

There are some things to consider when searching for a lawyer. Since you may not know where to start, we have created this guide to help you find a business lawyer and guide you on how to pick one that works best for your business.

What Is a Business Lawyer?

A business lawyer provides guidance and other legal assistance with various elements of a business. Generally speaking, business lawyers ensure that companies comply with different regulations and that all procedures are carried out appropriately. Business lawyers can also help with conflict resolution, law cases, drafting business plans, intellectual property, mergers or acquisitions, and other legal matters you may encounter.

Not all lawyers address the same types of law, and business lawyers are only involved with business procedures and the overall function of your business. Some law firms offer multiple practice areas within their firm, and a well-connected business lawyer will be able to refer you to a specialized professional for specific needs outside of their area of expertise.

What Types of Issues Do Business Lawyers Handle?

Business lawyers will typically have a broad range of skills and be able to manage business-related matters. They will prepare contracts, help with business tax filings, and occasionally do case-based work to help a client in court.

Some legal topics that a business lawyer will cover are:

  • Business or contract conflicts
  • Real estate or business property cases
  • Registration of intellectual property
  • Privacy matters, security breaches, or other inappropriate use of data
  • Disputes with business sales and acquisitions
  • Compliance with business rules and regulations
  • Registration of business structure, federal and state tax ID numbers, required licenses
  • Interstate or global business cases
  • Transferring or staking in a business
  • Helping companies adjust due to modifications of law or new ownership
  • Change the structure of a business
  • Inspect, create, and negotiate business contracts

How to Find a Business Lawyer

After you decide exactly what you need from a lawyer, you will need to know where to find one. 

  • Recommendations: One of the best ways to find a lawyer is a recommendation from a trusted friend, relative, or business associate. It is important to remember that all legal cases are different, and just because one lawyer has worked for someone else does not mean it will suit your specific legal issue.
  • Advertisements: Ads may be helpful but make sure to complete due diligence and not believe everything you hear. Advertisements may make you familiar with the names of lawyers and their areas of expertise, and they may even quote fees or price ranges. These price ranges tend to be what is charged for simpler cases. If your case is more complex, you could be charged more. Be sure to get more information on the services and expenses the advertised price will cover.
  • Referral services: Communities often have referral services in the Yellow Pages, but you can also find your local bar association using Google or looking at the American Bar Association’s directory online. Some services make referrals without looking at the lawyer’s areas of practice or level of expertise, so consider finding a lawyer referral service that participates in the American Bar Association-sponsored certification program.

Things to Consider When Looking for a Business Lawyer

Before hiring a business lawyer, think about why you need one. By finding out exactly why you need a lawyer, you can narrow down what type of lawyer you need. When meeting with potential lawyers, there are some things you can ask and steps to take before committing to hiring them.

Credentials and Specializations

Considering there are many different kinds of lawyers, make sure that the lawyer you hire is capable of helping you in your required area. There are business lawyers that have a broad scope of practice, but there are also lawyers that specialize in employment, tax, and intellectual property. 

Lawyer Fees

Before you hire an attorney, ask what their prices are, how their pricing is structured, and what it includes. As a client, you are entitled to know the cost before fully committing. Be aware of and ask about any potential extra court fees, copies of documents, and other incidents to avoid future financial surprises.

Background Research

We recommend you do background research on the lawyer you are looking to hire. Read about their firms, ask for suggestions from friends and family, and ask about their experience, especially with the kind of law that is relevant to your case.

Location

Not every legal issue will require you to employ a lawyer in your state, but it can be helpful to find one nearby rather than having to rush to find a closer lawyer in the event of a dispute requiring you to appear in court. A local lawyer also may be more suitable for the case if it involves the laws of a specific jurisdiction.

Their Law Firm and Resources Available

Aside from researching the individual lawyer you are looking to hire, you should also be analyzing their firm and what else they may have to offer. Find out whether the firm has dealt with your type of case before and their success rate.

Los Angeles Business Lawyers

At Rokita Law, we serve all your legal needs with experience, passion, and integrity. Located in Los Angeles, California, we practice in many areas, like civil litigation, business law, real estate law, and intellectual property, to provide the guidance you need to solve any legal issue you may encounter.

Schedule a consultation today to speak with one of our experienced and reputable lawyers to help with all your business needs.