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Old 05-25-2005, 12:24 PM
mgrayson mgrayson is offline
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My business (primarily an online business) has been in development from a technology standpoint. Now I must dig in my heels to examine legal side of the house. The business is not "live" to the public as of yet, but an LLC has been formed.

LAWYER/ATTORNEY SELECTION
I'd like to primarily work w/ one lawyer on major issues w/ the business. Like a lawyer who is "general" in a sense, then can go to other lawyers in the firm who are specialists. A lawyer who can cover "most" issues.

IMMEDIATE NEEDS
-- Partnership Agreements - w/ tech companies specific to the project.
-- Intellectual Property - copyrights, trademarks relevant to my company and our partners.

NEAR-FUTURE NEEDS
-- Sales/Accounting Items
-- Taxation overall
-- Employee / Independent Contractor Items

QUESTIONS
I know there are lawyers who specialize in certain areas. There are also accountants who are trainined in tax/employee issues. How do I go about selecting a lawyer. How does pricing normally work? What should I look for?

Thanks,
MG
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:20 PM
MaxusPaldane MaxusPaldane is offline
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Typically, lawyers and accountants will meet with you for free the first time. You can talk about what they can do, what they specialize in, etc.

If you meet with some lawyers and accountants, you can figure out who you like, who might be able to help the most effectively (time/money and quality of work) before having to agree to their representation. If they try to make you retain them before you've met and discussed their abilities, just run away and don't look back.

As you want to work primarily with one lawyer, but have a firm be able to service you, just look for a mid to large law firm that has a lot of resources in-house. Our lawyer acts as the go-between with us and other more specialized lawyers, its quite common in a large firm.

Pricing depends on the firm and the lawyer. Depending on who does work for us, we get billed different hourly amounts. For instance, a paralegal is $120/hr, while our lawyer is $450/hr. Other people I've dealt with inside of the firm have ranged from $165-$325/hr. It all depends on their area of expertise and their position, which is supposedly representative of their abilities to service us.

Smaller firms might have better pricing, but depending on how complex your needs are, you might want a larger firm with more resources (more specializations means less time trying to find answers, sometimes means lower hours billed). Even still, its something you can figure out for yourself depending on your needs and after having met with the lawyers. The same thing goes for accountants.

There are a lot of things that can influence what type of lawyer/accountant you want, but you can usually talk to a lot of people and figure out who best suits your need.

Good luck.
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Old 05-25-2005, 02:31 PM
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Try LegalMatch.com. Submit a post w/ your needs on their website like you did here, and then let the attorneys compete for your business. You'll get to review their credentials and compare proposals. Look for an attorney/firm that has a lot of tech clients and therefore has experience with IP and issues specific to your field.

You may want to figure out an average number of hours of work you think you'll need from the legal team on a monthly basis and then ask them to quote you a flat fee for a monthly retainer.

As far as employment/tax issues, you'd probably want to leave the contract side of it to an attorney (and even get an attorney to create a boilerplate employment agreement that you can use over and over as needed), and leave the tax-related issues and filings to a CPA.
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