I received so many wonderful responses from a variety of professionals in the legal field that I wanted to break the blog posts up some. I wrote about flat fee services; today I’ll give a few additional ways that a small company can find legal help on a tight budget.
Traci D. Ellis, attorney at law, states small companies should consider the services they will need for the next twelve months. If one attorney could perform all duties, ask for a flat fee for all projects up front.
In addition, a business owner might consider doing some work on her own, says Ellis. “Depending on the project, there may be some
legwork that the owner can do herself to save some time/effort on the
part, which will lower the fees.”
In addition she suggests attending a legal seminar once a year. Here you will find relevant information for a fraction of the cost of an hourly consultation fee.
Also, says Ward, “Many lawyers, including myself, have a virtual component to their practice.” This enables a client to choose from a menu of services. “The difference between these lawyer providers and some of the cheap legal providers is that these are real lawyers, able to offer real legal advice, at an affordable cost.”
Ward cautions against utilizing some ‘cheap’ services found on the Internet. “I have 5 clients who came to me to me to clean up the mess made by a
popular “cheap” legal provider. Those clients got what they paid for,sadly.
Then, they had to pay me more to clean up the mess.”
Instead, Ward says to invest in sound advice. Real legal advice can only come from a legal expert. Some ways you can do this, says Ward:
- Locate forums and message boards run by real lawyers on topics that interest you – trademark, copyright, family law
- Follow blogs written by real lawyers who focus on business
- Follow real lawyers on twitter, those that offer great, sound advice on their tweets rather than personal information