Cross-Examine Your Options

Although they’re often the punchline of jokes, having the right attorney is a reassuring safety net for any small business owner. As you head out in search of some professional legal advice, heed ours first (pro bono, of course). Ask questions. Do your due diligence, and don’t hire the first person in a gray suit. Fully evaluate and understand your business’s needs and budget, and their specialty (no jack-of-all-trades lawyers) and billing practices. Once you have a little knowledge in your pocket, you’ll be prepared to make a commitment and won’t ever have to scramble when legal questions or issues crop up.