I run a tech start-up in Manhattan's tech hub, near the Flatiron District. We recently had a product launch, which would be a game-changer in the IoT space. Just a week after our internal demo, a competitor released strikingly similar tech specifications and designs. We suspect an insider might have leaked sensitive information. Additionally, there's chatter about a mole in our team. I have circumstantial evidence pointing to an ex-employee, but it's not concrete. Which type of attorney should I be seeking? Can I secure my digital assets, and if so, how? What's the process of subpoenaing electronic communication, if needed? How do I compare lawyers in my area and determine their quality? What's the financial aspect of navigating this complicated process?
Remember, if you are sued, it's too late to hire a business lawyer. If you are a small business owner or if you are starting a new business, a business lawyer can advise you on many aspects that are related to business! Contacting a small business attorney or law firm only when there is a current urgent problem is unhappy. The sooner you hire a business attorney, the better.
How much does a business lawyer in your location cost?
The most experienced and skilled corporate lawyers can cost between $350 and $700 per hour. It depends on a variety of factors, such as geographic location (U.S state), firm size (single attorney vs large business law firm and in some cases, a business lawyer can charge a flat fee (f.e: setting up an LLC). Types of Business Attorneys:
- 1. Contract lawyer will be needed to prepare the standard form contracts.
- 2. Business organizations: corporation or limited liability company (LLC).
- 3. Business attorney for real estate.
- 4. Taxes and licenses: your business (tax) lawyer should know how to register your business for federal and state tax identification numbers and how to fill out the necessary forms.
- 5. Intellectual property attorney would be needed for all type of media, design or other creative-type business firms.