When you’re planning to set up a new venture in Texas, one of the first tasks is selecting the right lawyer for a business startup.
This begs the question: how do you choose the right business lawyer for your new company?
Eliminate Unqualified Lawyers
It’s fairly easy to get winnow the field of potential attorneys by eliminating from consideration any that practice areas of law unrelated to your venture.
For example, criminal defense attorneys and personal injury lawyers are not particularly suited for representing clients in business transactions.
Even worse is the attorney who claims to practice a half dozen unrelated areas of law because that “professional” is a jack of all trades and a master of none. At best, you’ll get mediocre representation.
You may also want to exclude novice attorneys. While a recent law school graduate may seem eager to help you, you’ll be paying for the lack of real-world knowledge and experience — in time, money, and the quality of advice you receive.
Additional Factors To Consider When Retaining Business Legal Counsel
Once you’ve eliminated the above prospects from consideration, it’s time to narrow the field further.
When looking at business attorneys, consider what type of commercial law they practice. For example, if you plan to spend a lot of time in lawsuits – as either a plaintiff or defendant – then a business litigator should be considered. Trial lawyers who understand business law will be invaluable in protecting your interests if your startup is in court frequently.
However, most Texas new ventures need an experienced transactional lawyer…an attorney who will set up the right type of entity to protect your interests, give you legal advice as-needed, and prepare the contracts you’ll need to conduct business with suppliers, customers, etc.
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Of course, because of the importance of e-commerce, you should consider the attorney’s experience in representing companies both offline and online. A new attorney may be tech savvy but lack the legal knowledge. On the other hand, a business lawyer who has been practicing 50 years has a wealth of experience but probably knows very little about e-commerce law.
What’s The Next Step In Finding A Texas Lawyer For A Business Startup?
Take a look at Texas Business Lawyer Mike Young’s bio. Then, if you want to see if he’s a good fit for representing your company, click here to use our online booking system or call 214-546-4247 today to set up a phone consultation with him.