The upfront costs of hiring an attorney can often minimize costs down the road.
Should I sign this?
One of my extremely talented screenwriting clients sent me a message yesterday with the question "should I sign this?" attached to a link. The link was to a Fellowship program with a major studio out in Hollywood for emerging writers. This reminded me of a quote from a fellow entertainment attorney. I met him two summers ago while out in Los Angeles learning about the film industry. This attorney was addressing the question of when someone might need an attorney: "Whenever you need to sign your name to something!"
Hiring a zealous advocate
Truth be told, this advice can be applied to almost any contractual situation, not just those involved in the entertainment industry. Having an attorney assist you in any pending contract, negotiation, or transactional conversation can be extremely beneficial. An attorney will zealously advocate for your interests in an objective way.
Initial stage hire is the best hire
In the entertainment world, the value of involving an entertainment attorney from the initial stages of any project cannot be overstated. A good entertainment lawyer understands the artist's unique needs and can look out for those needs when evaluating and negotiating a contract. But the attorney can only ensure that protective clauses are truly "on the table" if he is able to represent the client from the earliest stages of negotiation. It is much easier to negotiate from a strong position than from a position weakened by lack of legal assistance.
Spend upfront to save on the backend
The upfront costs of hiring an attorney can often minimize costs down the road. Such savings can make the initial investment in legal advice pale in comparison. Think of it as an investment: a little put aside now could help prevent a vast loss of wealth later.
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