An attorney needs to be supportive and not just sympathetic to your cause. You do not want a "yes" man. A good attorney is supposed to tell you where you may be wrong. Can the attorney be straight-forward with you?
Evaluate their Business Judgment
Are you comfortable with their business judgment? Do they seem to exercise reasonable and sound business judgment? Or are they too theoretical, impractical and/or out-of touch with your business reality, ideas and reasons.
Make Sure They are Available
Does the lawyer have adequate time to take on your matters? Make sure to get a commitment from the attorney. Can you reach your attorney when you need them? Do they have a direct number or must you go through an assistant?
Communication - No "Legalese" Please
Your attorney must be able to explain the most complex issues in terms you understand. Your business lawyer is supposed to find solutions for you, not mystify you.
Does the Lawyer Have Foresight? Are They Proactive?
Does the attorney think of ways to help you and your business? Does the lawyer seem to understand the problems you are likely to have? Do they have a plan to avoid likely problems?
Do They Seem Professional?
Are they organized and handle themselves with professionalism? Are they respectful of your time. Were they on time for your meeting/phone call?
What Resources Do They Have?
Does the lawyer have the resources and connections you may need to support your business? Do they know the players in your industry? Ask about their affiliations with accountants, financial advisors, bankers, and other professionals. Can you leverage their resources, connections and referrals?
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For more information or if you need a great business attorney in the Chicagoland area, contact Arieh M. Flemenbaum at Griffith & Jacobson, LLC at 312-236-8110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.