When choosing any professional to work for your company, a recommendation from a fellow business or friend is the best way to go. If you don't have this then here is a suggested check list:
1) Identify about 5 possible lawyers who practice the kind of law that you are seeking. You can find these by a local internet search or via your yellow pages, contacting your Small Business Association or similar bodies.
2) Contact your local Better Business Bureau to see that they are NOT mentioned with anything adverse.
3) Put together your case in about 10 sentences and maybe 3 key questions.
4) Ask each lawyer if they provide an initial free interview - if they do - take this information with you. If they don't then ask if they have no win/no fee, fixed prices etc. Indicate that you want a firm estimate of your likely costs etc. Ask for this in writing.
5) Clearly indicate to the lawyer the scope of your work and if there will be future work.
6) If you have your request in writing and their quote in writing then you should both be fairly clear.
The things that put prices up are changing your scope and not taking the lawyer's advice so preplanning what you want from your lawyer, keeping to these plans and doing what you are told are the best ways to keep and expensive bill down.
Remember that when they offer coffee whilst the clock is running - you are the one that is paying for it - keep the idle chat to the minimum.
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Lee Lister writes as The Biz Guru, for a number of web sites including http://www.startmynewbusiness.com where she provides advice and assistance for the new business entrepreneur as well as our Entrepreneur PowerPack.
With over 20 year's management and business consultancy experience with businesses large and small as well as being a serial entrepreneur, she now helps others set up, develop and market their businesses. If you require assistance in setting up your business and writing your business plan the visit http://www.BizGuru.us
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