How to find a great business lawyer?

DBE Series 6

How do we find an excellent lawyer to work with?

Now, this question is very much in line with how to find a good CPA.

Something fundamental is that you need a lawyer to review your contracts before you sign them. You need to make sure that you’re covered and protected. Your profit margin is so slim – perhaps even 5-10%, and so you need to do everything you can to protect that margin. The lawyer is your protector here.

The best way to find a good lawyer is to ask your experienced colleagues – the people you know and trust in your same industry to find out who they work with. While you’re at it, ask them what payroll service do they use? What workman’s comp provider do they use? Do they like them? More importantly, do they trust them?

Now it’s time for research. For the lawyer, in the search bar, type in your state plus the words bar association. You want to make sure that your lawyer is a member of the bar association in your state. If your friend referred a lawyer to you that is not a member, let them know, and they can decide from there whether or not to ask them or continue working with them.

Another resource I like to check out is or Better Business Bureau. You can search for the name, phone number, or website, but it’s not guaranteed that every complaint will be on there. It’s still good to see but beware that complaints only are shown when someone officially goes to the BBB.

And finally, when you interview lawyers to choose from, get a sense of how they talk (too much jargon or too complicated or too fast), what they talk about (do they zero in on your specific questions, or do the lawyers tend to speak more vaguely), and try them out at a smaller project but one that can help you determine if you like the way they work.

Don’t feel that once you’ve chosen someone, you’re committed to them 100%. Instead, I’d search for lawyers that you trust deeply VS wasting time avoiding the ones you have because you’re not entirely comfortable with them.

Published by Janet Johnson | Financial Coach for Small Businesses

Janet Johnson is the author of My Money Pivot: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Finding & Making More Money. Before becoming a coach, Janet gained seventeen years of experience in a family-owned manufacturing company. She also trained small business owners in Financial Management and Lean Enterprise for seven years through contracts with the State of Connecticut and the Small Business Administration for seven years.

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