Running a small business can be both challenging and rewarding. A small business lawyer can help!r. Before hiring a small business lawyer, it’s important to gather a list of questions that you would like to ask, to ensure that your lawyer fits your criteria and aligns with what you need to run a successful business.
Before you hire a small business lawyer, ask them these 4 questions.
1. How do you charge?
Start by asking for the costs and fees upfront. Ask if they charge for phone calls, emails, or do they have an all inclusive fee solution? Having an estimate of the fees you may pay is important to know for budgeting purposes. Unexpected fees can be hard on your finances, so knowing exactly what kind of fees your small business lawyer will charge will be helpful for you to know.
2. What experience do you have?
Working with a small business lawyer who has plenty of experience in the type of business you are running will help tremendously, since you are relying on their expertise and knowledge. Some lawyers have very narrow fields of focus when it comes to their practice.
For example, some specialize in personal injury cases while others focus on tax law or criminal defense. Our lawyers at Benchmark Law Corporation can advise you on almost every aspect of your small business!
3. Are you well-connected?
Do you have connections with other expertswho you can ask questions or get second opinions from?
Asking if your lawyer is well connected is a good idea, as most lawyers can’t help with all aspects of your business. At Benchmark Law Corporation, we have a vast list of colleagues from various industries that we work with, both to help us and to help our clients! .
4. What is your communication style?
What is your communication style like? Do you prefer to email or call? Are you organized, proactive and efficient, or an open communicator?
Have a mutual understanding about what type of communication you prefer and what your lawyer can do to accommodate. If your lawyer can’t communicate effectively, find a lawyer who can meet your communication needs.
It is equally important to ask yourself the following questions after your initial consultation:
– Do you trust this person?
– Do you like them as a person?
– Are they listening to you?
– Are they conveniently located or can they accommodate where you are?
If you are not confident or comfortable with the lawyer you just met, it is time to move on to finding a different small business lawyer who fits your criteria.