Whether you already own a business or are just starting out, to ensure that the legal foundation of your company is in order, you will need the expertise of a reputable and experienced business lawyer.
You can hire either a larger law firm, or one or a couple of individual lawyers, each specialized in different business fields, but it is better if they are based locally so that they are familiar with the business and legal environment in your region. When you look for a Business Lawyer Long Island, make sure they are experienced in both public and private law, and are familiar with trade, commerce or merchandising, and with your industry in general.
A good lawyer can give your staff advice no matter what stage of development your business is in, replies to all your questions within 24 hours, always acts in the best interest of your business, and enables you to negotiate whenever possible, and is reliable, so that you can rest assured there will be no leak of sensitive business information, not even accidental.
Skills of a good business lawyer
It is advisable to hire a business lawyer before or as soon as you establish your company; this will help you set out on the right foot in the business world and possibly even avoid a lawsuit and many useless expenses.
Your attorney should be specialized in commercial law and able to provide an appropriate level of legal guidance every step of the way, including advice on the type of business organization that is more suitable, be it a corporation or an LLC (limited liability company), advice on zoning compliance, leasing your office or other commercial space that you can use for your business, as well as advice on copyright, trademark and business incorporation. A lawyer can also help you out with your contracts, like drafting the standard contracts between you and your suppliers and clients, filing a trademark, registering your services for copyright and trademark protection, terminating an employment contract, or preparing software license agreements.
A lawyer can oversee the annual meeting your company holds, and they can also help you with any liability issues and represent you in court if you have been sued. At the same time, your lawyer should be able to understand the basics of business transactions and taxes, so that they can register your business to get the appropriate tax identification numbers at both state and federal level.
Note that there is a special situation where the business owner is a foreign national who wants to invest and create jobs in the U.S. in exchange for permanent residence; if this is your case, you should see an immigration lawyer in addition to your business attorney.