Believe it or not, most lawyers are nice people who genuinely want to help you. Of course, there are those lawyers (the ones that we joke about) who care only about money. I hate the fact that there are so many attorneys out there who don't really care about helping their clients but on lining their pockets. You may need help or have a question but have been afraid to consult an attorney for fear that you might get one who cares only about his fees. Don't be afraid. Your goal is to find someone who's not only talented and affordable, but who also can grow with you and your company and become a long-term partner and trusted associate. Consider the following characteristics when you're interviewing attorneys:
For those of you who have a business, what can attorneys do for you and your business? Here are some of the most common tasks attorneys take on for their business clients:
Be sure to seek out an attorney who specializes in their area of law that you need assistance in. Any other attorney may not have the exact skill set that you need.
Do not be afraid to ask about payment options beyond the typical hourly fee arrangement. Experienced attorneys understand that the typical hourly fee arrangement may not be afordble for all clietns.
Finally, use websites like AVVO.com to review the backgorund, experience and ratings of the attorneys you are considering retianing.