Hiring an Attorney
Most attorneys specialize in one field or another: criminal cases, divorce and family matters, taxation, business law, etc. To find an attorney who is familiar with a business of your size and trade, ask for a referral from a business colleague, your banker, your accountant, your local chamber of commerce, or other business services in your area. Many local bar associations run an attorney referral and information service; check your local telephone book's Yellow Pages under “Attorneys' Referral & Information Services.” Some referral services give you only names and phone numbers; others actually give information on experience and fees to help you match your needs to the attorney's background and charges.
The Attorney's Job
An attorney can help you decide what the most advantageous business structure is for you. He can also help you with zoning, licensing problems, unpaid bills, contracts and agreements, employment laws, copyright questions, trademarks, and some tax problems.
Because there is always the possibility of a lawsuit, claim, or other legal action against your business, it is wise to have an attorney who is already familiar with your business lined up before a crisis arises. An attorney with experience serving consulting businesses can also advise you on federal, state, and local laws, programs, and agencies to help you prepare for or prevent potential problems.
Let your attorney know that you expect to be informed of all developments and consulted before any decisions are made on your behalf. You may also want to receive copies of all documents, letters, and memos written and received regarding your project. If this isn't practical, you should at least have the opportunity to read such correspondence at your attorney's office.