How to Choose Your Ideal Lawyer

Six Characteristics a Lawyer Should Have When Starting a Long Term Collaboration for Your Business

1. Certified lawyer — or not?

Depending on the country you have the professional activity, or temporary residence settled, or conduct business with a client, you must be aware of whom is entitled to provide you legal advice.

2. Communication — the key to everything

A professional lawyer should ask questions. She should sometimes even annoy you with items to find out precisely what you want as a service from her. He should never suppose he understood, but try to find out more. Also, a great attorney would keep you in touch about the evolution of your matter. Is the contract drafted or not? Did she talk to the other party? Did he register your entity?

3. Area of expertise — how much does it matter?

Many great attorneys have expertise in diverse areas of law. If you check attentively, you’ll see that they are complementary in most cases, such as a consultancy in business law, contracts, and labour law. No one can do the work of twelve, so try to find those lawyers that follow their passion and love the speciality they choose to work in.

4. References and Recommendations

Check with your community of freelancers, business peers, or even friends and see if anyone worked with an attorney or recommend you to a legal community, such as Avoteca. Even in the tech world, we are living today, there is nothing better than real and authentic peer reviews when choosing your long term attorney.

5. Truth — the value of a long term relationship

Both you and your lawyer cannot last long together unless you speak the truth to each other and don’t hide multiple information. Even if it might be something you don’t want to share, imagine how embarrassing it could be for both of you if your clients find it out before your lawyer. And uses it as leverage in the negotiation. Not good.

6. Legal fee

As with all services, a minimal fee becomes as much as a red flag as a very high fee. You should never choose your lawyer based solely on the legal expense she’s requesting for her services. It must be a correlation between the cost and all the other criteria from above. You should be the first to understand the services market — good services means a lot of back research and effort and must be fairly repaid.

Founder of @avoteca, writer, travel wonderer, freelance lawyer for freelancers