How to Select the Right Business Attorney

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By: Law Offices of Ronald J. Salvato – Orange County, NY Business Attorney

orange-county-ny-business-attorneyDeciding when to hire a lawyer can be quite the challenge for most business owners, especially if they are just starting their business. It is expensive to hire a lawyer and many business owners do not have extra income to pay them. This is why it is very important for them to make sure they hire the right attorney when they are confronted with any legal problem.

Since some businesses require specific knowledge and/or experience, business owners need to find a lawyer that’s right for their needs. Business attorneys can usually be divided into two categories: litigators and transactional lawyers. Litigators usually take care of disputes and transactional lawyers usually handle contracts, securities and other types of business matters. Knowing what type of lawyer you need can help decrease the amount of time you spend searching for the right one. Every industry has its own array of legal problems and ways of dealing with them; so you should find a lawyer who is already familiar with your industry.

You need to also figure out what role you want your business attorney to play in your business. For instance, are you looking for an attorney to give you advice on how to incorporate your business in your state or do you need an attorney to help you on a particular project? If you need help on a one time project, then you need to get an attorney with knowledge in a very narrow area. However, if you need a lawyer by you side as your business grows, you will probably need an attorney who has general knowledge and skills in business.

Once you’ve figured out what your needs are, make a list of potential attorneys who have met your needs. There are a number of ways to find your potential attorney. A good way to start is by asking for referrals from anyone you know. Your personal banker or your accountant could be good sources for referrals. You can also look at both print and online directories of attorneys. Although these directories might not always be completely comprehensible, they can at least help point you in the right direction. Doing internet research can also be very beneficial in your search for the right business attorney. Search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, have made it easier than ever to find any attorneys with the experience and skills you are looking for. If you find a few lawyers you are interested in, you can find more information and reviews on them by typing their name into a search engine.

After you’ve made a list of attorneys you’re interested in hiring, make a list of questions you need answered before you decide that you’ve found the right lawyer to meet your needs.

Here are some examples of questions you should ask:

1.      How long has the attorney been practicing business law?

2.      What is the hourly rate the lawyer is charging for their service?

3.      Does the lawyer charge a fixed fee for certain matters?

4.      Has the attorney handled problems similar to yours?

5.      How will the lawyer deal with matters that are outside of their expertise?

6.      Are there any disciplinary complaints filed against the lawyer?

You should not expect answers to your legal questions on the initial interview with the lawyer; proper legal advice will be given when you’ve made a decision to hire a lawyer. Doing proper research and asking the right questions will help you find the right business lawyer to fill your legal needs.

About Ronald J. Salvato: Located in Orange County, NY, Mr. Salvato has nearly twenty years of practice as an attorney.  His areas of expertise include corporate and business law, civil litigation, and real estate law.  He has worked primarily as civil litigator of lawsuits including the litigation of contract disputes, and personal injury cases. In addition the firm has assisted clients in the preparation of wills, estate planning, trusts, power of attorney, and landlord tenant disputes, including evictions.  Please contact him for all of your Business Attorney needs in Orange County, NY.  He also serves Ulster, Sullian, Dutchess and Putnam counties!"  For more information please browse the website or click here to go to the home page.