Being successful as a business owner takes a lot of knowledge and requires making decisions constantly. There is no doubt that as a small business owner you likely try to learn everything you can so that you can make all the decisions your business needs you to in order to be profitable and protect yourself from legal liabilities that could undermine your ability to be profitable.
But the truth is even the best businessman, unless he has a law degree and has been practicing law, simply isn’t the specialist in all the legal matters his business entails the same way he isn’t a financial specialist. Just like you turn to a business accountant or qualified and reliable business software solutions for your financial needs, you need sound legal advice you can trust. An attorney can provide this, but also, an attorney can assess your business and identify any risks and exposures before its too late saving tons of money and time in the long run.
You need a qualified attorney with the experience and time to take care of your business. To help you find the right attorney, here’s a bit of insight on what you need to look for:
Here’s what you should look for
Just because an attorney is in your area and has experience representing and performing services for small businesses, don’t assume they will be the right one for you. Instead, keep the following advice in mind as you look for an attorney:
· The size of the law firm really does matter: Larger firms have more resources while smaller firms give you more hands-on time with their top level lawyers. Assess your business’s size and growth plan and find an attorney that best fits what you need.
· Don’t Hire a Friend: You really need your attorney to be as objective as possible. Though we all love our friends and want to help them out, it’s just harder to be more objective when there are feelings involved. Your business deserves the objectivity of a qualified and unbiased business lawyer.
· Ask for referrals: Know someone else in business like your own? Ask who they use. Don’t just ask one person, but ask around and see what you can learn about an attorney or firm’s reputation.
· Find one you connect with: It’s probably a lot easier to find most the other requirements than this one, but if your attorney isn’t someone you feel comfortable with, you will likely not be as open or trusting of them as you would with someone you connect with. It just makes sense to find someone you enjoy working with since you are establishing this relationship for the long haul.
· Don’t Go It Alone: Yes there are all sorts of forms and resources on the internet, but without knowing what you are doing you can do more harm than good. Hiring an attorney is simply one area you cannot attempt to scrimp and save when it comes to starting a business or you will pay for it later.
Still have questions?
Please call us for a free appointment with Miami business attorney Yoel Molina in our Miami office at 305-548-5020.