One question I get asked often is "How does one go about looking for an attorney to help them with their small business?" Here are four ways to find qualified attorneys to help you with your business.
ASK FOR REFERRALS FROM TRUSTED COLLEAGUES
If you have any colleagues who are in your line of business, ask them for recommendations. Personally, I like working with people who come referred by someone I trust. You can ask friends of friends or join some Facebook groups or LinkedIn groups related to your business and ask for recommendations from the members there. If you do know lawyers, or know someone who might, ask them too. We often have old friends from law school or past colleagues who might be able to help.
SEARCH YOUR STATE BAR ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
Most state bar associations websites provide legal resources for the public, including attorney referral services. Search your state's bar association website for terms like "Find Legal Help" or "Find a Lawyer" to find qualified attorney services in your state.
CONTACT A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OFFICE
Another potential resource for finding attorneys with experience working with small businesses is to inquire with your local Small Business Association Chapter or SCORE office. They usually have a roster of professionals and mentors who specialize in the types of issues facing small business owners. Here is a link to search for assistance by state.
ONLINE ATTORNEY SERVICES
There are a variety of online services now available that make hiring a professional as easy as sending an email. For example, UpCounsel , is an online service that connects you with qualified attorneys based on your legal needs.
SOME FINAL TIPS
Just like you wouldn't go to a cardiologist if you were suffering from a broken foot, you should seek out and hire attorneys who have the experience or expertise in the legal issue that you are looking to resolve. Remember to interview and research the attorney prior to retaining them. They are an extension of your business team and you should hire someone who you not only feel comfortable with, but who has the experience to understand your business and your legal needs.