Every small business needs a business attorney who can be a resource as legal issues arise. Small businesses use a business attorney in many ways:
Beyond this short list, there are countless legal issues that may arise in your small business. After forming your business, you probably won’t need an attorney for a while. When a legal need comes up, it’s nice to have a relationship with a business attorney who can answer a few quick questions by phone for free. Some attorneys will answer quick questions by phone without charging you, while others will charge their hourly rate for the phone conversation.
When you look for an attorney for your small business, find one who is experienced in business law. You can test the attorney’s understanding of the area in which you need help by asking the attorney about specifics. For example, ask the attorney to specifically explain to you what he or she would recommend in your particular situation, what the other options are, and what factors the attorney used to make that recommendation. Also, look for an attorney who will listen to your concerns.