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4:36 pm on Dec 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We are in the process of expanding/incorporating and need a lawyer. The business is moving from a home office sole proprietorship to a small office with interns and/or full time employees (continuing slow and steady growth). We’re going to switch to an S-corp, LLP, or LLC depending on the advice of the lawyer.

What questions does a person ask when setting up an initial consultation?

How does a person bring up the price of legal services?

Are there specific types of lawyers we should consider?

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What questions does a person ask when setting up an initial consultation?

When setting up a consultation I would ask the lawyer whether or not they do this type of work and are interested in your business.

When you are actually in the consultation is where you actually ask the lawyer your questions. It sounds like most of what you need done is procedural so I would outline what you are trying to achieve, and give the lawyer a background about your company.

From there ask the lawyer how he recommends you form your company, what are the pros and cons of that approach are vs. other approaches and how many hours of his time and a paralegals time he will expect it to take.

How does a person bring up the price of legal services?

Don't worry they'll bring it up. There are probably going to be four type of fees in this, the lawyer's hourly time, the paralegals hourly time, expenses, and filing fees.

Are there specific types of lawyers we should consider?

A lawyer specializing in small business formation who has worked with internet companies. Try to get a couple referrals from companies in a similar position as you.

One other thing to consider is accounting/tax considerations when form your company. A lawyer will probably tell you to consult an accountant about that. If you have one already then maybe you can get him on the phone for a couple of minutes in your consultation with the lawyer.

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>What questions does a person ask when setting up an initial consultation?

You setup the "free" consultation and then ask every question in your head. If you choose a good Attorney this process is about "Getting to know you". From the questions you ask, they will know how much they need to help you. If you ask "dumb" questions, they should see it, and should be prepared to help you more.....so, just be yourself, you can't lose! Always remember you are paying them for their expertise. Being dumb in legal matters, but smart, in business matters, is the sort of client every Attorney wants.

>How does a person bring up the price of legal services?
My advice is always ask! Simple as that. Some will want to quote you prices too early on. The good ones will want to listen and then wait for you to ask the question......so ask them the question!

>Are there specific types of lawyers we should consider?
IMHO, big, powerful litigators are better....they are generally also more expensive. Legal advice for me has been about two things:

1) Do the right thing above all else.
2) Scare the SH*T out of anyone that ever wants to play ball with you, simply because you have the big guns on your side!

Point 2 is never honable, justifiable, or fair.....but, if you are in the USA....it is the way of the world we live in!