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When you start in business, preferably before you start trading, it makes sense to engage a solicitor, preferably one specialising in business law. If you can also find a solicitor with knowledge of business you intend to operate, so much better.
A good solicitor can help in a variety of ways, including product liability, partnership agreements, drafting legal documents, and much more. He or she will also help you get planning permission if you need to change use of part of your home to accommodate your business.
Regardless of Specialty, Your 'Ideal' Advisor is Someone who:
* Understands your business. Not just any business: your business!
* Possesses good personal skills and appropriate professional expertise
* Is independent and objective
* Offers good value for money
* Provides continuity
* Is responsive to priorities and deadlines
* Calls you sometimes to ask how things are going, and doesn't always wait for you to make initial approach
* Consults with you on your premises, not just at his
* Someone you feel at ease with. Your advisor must be a partner, your equal, not someone for you to look up to.
Checklist for Choosing Your Professional Advisors
* Has person been recommended to you? If yes, how well do you trust judgement of person who made recommendation?
* Does advisor have experience of how small businesses work? Does he have specialist knowledge of kind of business you will be operating?
* Is his office convenient to where you will be operating from?
* Has he a reputation for providing prompt, even urgent, attention?
* Do you like him? Do you feel comfortable with him? Is he taking an interest in you? Or is he explaining how his fee structure works? Again!
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