Starting a business comes with many risks and as a responsible business owner it is your duty to seek legal advice before you need it. In this post I will show you the best way to determine what you need from a lawyer and how to select the best one for your event planning business.
So you might be asking yourself: Why do I need a lawyer for my business?
A lawyer is important for assisting you to better plan and manage potential business risk. Lawyers can help you understand some of the most common risks in the event planning industry, how to prevent future problems and minimize your business liabilities. They can also defend your business from client harassment and discrimination claims, facilitate business deals, and draft favorable contracts.
As an event planner it is a good idea to work with a lawyer to create and review your client contracts. While you can find many free contract templates online for event planning clients, I strongly suggest working with a lawyer to review the details and create a customized contract template specific to your business and client situations. The last thing you need is to be left covering the cost of an event because of an avoidable contract loophole. See below a link to custom contracts from the “Sparkly Lawyer Extraordinaire”, Genevieve Shingle Jaffe.
Here are 4 things to consider when hiring a lawyer:
- Find an Experienced Attorney
Use your local search engine and directories to find listings of local business attorneys
- Ask Questions
Ask about their specialties and experience. Get a clear answer on how much they charge for their time. If you don’t like the answers, then shop around for another attorney.
- Gather Your Documents
Don’t go see your attorney empty handed! Gather and bring your current business
contracts, accounting books, business plan, licenses and permits, and any other
applicable documents to help your attorney better understand your business
- Don’t Forget to Discuss These Issues
Don’t just hire your lawyer to write a contract for you. Have the lawyer examine your
business practices to ensure that all your business operations are legal. Discrimination,
harassment, and injury suits are major issues that can get event planning business owners sued.
To ensure that you are making the best decision when selecting a lawyer to work with you, I’ve created a free checklist to get you started.
Using the checklist, take the time to search for lawyers in your area. Give them a call, explain your business situation and make a note of their pricing and service offers. To guarantee an efficient process, be sure to contact at least two lawyers. The once you are comfortable with your research, go ahead and select the lawyer that bests suits your business and your budget.