Guide To Finding The RIGHT Lawyer

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Before you sit down with me or any other lawyer, read this quick guide and learn:

– What it is like to work with a lawyer

– Learn what we do and don’t do

– How to tell us exactly what you want

– How to know whether we are giving you what you want

– How to make the best use of your time with a lawyer and

– How to save money on your legal bills.

I wrote this guide because as an entrepreneur I have had to work with accountants, web developers, online marketing consultants, copy editors, interns, paralegals, other lawyers. While I thought I understood what I was getting into I often found myself saying “that’s not what I wanted” or “I can’t believe I’m paying for this.”

I realized that I kept making the same two mistakes over and over again:

– I didn’t do my homework on the area I needed help in, so I couldn’t ask the right questions and evaluate whether this person was right for me.

– I didn’t have a clear understanding of what I needed, so it was difficult for me to get the results I wanted.

To help you out and make your life easier here is my 3 step guide to hiring the RIGHT attorney for you.

1. Have a plan.

Create your plan by answering these questions for yourself

(HINT: write down your answers and share them with your attorney):

– Why do I need to hire an attorney and how will this help my business?

It’s important for you to know why, and to share that with your potential attorney. This conversation will ensure that he/she understands where you are coming from.

– What do I want the attorney to do for my business?

Make a list and ask your attorney if he/she has experience doing what you need.

– Does this attorney fit my budget?

Have an idea of what you can afford to spend so that you and the attorney can create a service package that fits your budget. Most attorneys charge a flat fee, by the hour, or a mix of both depending on the type of work you need done.

2. Do your homework.

Attorneys specialize in different areas of the law so understand what area of the law you need help in. For example, entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry need legal help with business issues, tax issues and industry specific issues related to film, TV, music, fashion and art. You want to hire the right attorney for your specific legal issue.

3. Protect yourself.

You don’t have to know all the answers or know exactly what you want before you hire an attorney but you do have to put in the effort to learn about what you are signing up for. This is your business and you need to make the best use of your two precious resources, time and money. Taking the time to prepare yourself before entering into any type of partnership will be time well spent and will save you from countless hours of wasted time, energy and money.

About Author:

Mo Chanmugham, Esq

Mo Chanmugham, Esq. is a business attorney who specializes in working with entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry. After working for major record labels like Island Def Jam and Sony BMG he founded The Legal Studio to combine his passion for entertainment, personal development and entrepreneurship. His mission is to help artists and entrepreneurs reach their potential by designing businesses that align their personal and professional values to achieve lasting success. When he is not playing lawyer he is working on his own start up projects and dj’ing around NYC.

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