I run an export-import company based in New York City, dealing primarily with electronics sourced from various countries in Southeast Asia. Recently, one of our shipments from Singapore, valued at approximately $1 million, was seized at the port in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities are claiming discrepancies in our paperwork and potential tariff violations. My local representative in Jakarta has been unable to resolve the issue, and I'm considering taking legal action. Which type of attorney would be best suited for this case? How can I compare international business lawyers in NYC and their track record in Southeast Asian markets? What are the potential legal and diplomatic channels available, and how expensive is this process likely to be?
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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.