Category Archives: Business

Find an Attorney

Frank Supik:

I would echo the sentiment that talking to your network is a great way to find an attorney that will suit your needs and budget — but one important detail is to think carefully about your problem so that your network can direct you to the right candidates.

What are your business needs and what are your desired outcomes? Are you trying to form a business? Then you will want an attorney that specializes in corporate affairs. Is somebody threatening to sue you for breach of contract? Then you would want a business litigator.

In other words, the “right” attorney may differ depending upon the situation.

Beyond that, chemistry (noted below) is an often-overlooked factor. Your attorney really needs to know all aspects of the issue in order to be of best use to you. To me, that means that it helps if the client is forthright about the strengths and weaknesses of their position. If you don’t have the right chemistry, you might not be as forthright with your attorney — and that can create problems down the road.

Robert Geurden wrote:

Good grief, you need a criminal defense lawyer, a med. mal. lawyer AND a tax lawyer? How much trouble have you managed to get yourself into? 🙂

Several people have provided a number of good sources (state bar, Martindale, referrals, etc.) Once you’ve gotten a few names, I suggest that you interview the candidates. Legal fees can add up quickly, so you want someone who is both technically competent and can work in a manner that is compatible with your work style.

Attorney Search

You never know when you might need a good attorney – and I realize that the word “good” is quite relative. Ponzi realizes we’re going to need to find a tax attorney soon enough, and that prompted me to ask my network if they had any suggestions as to how we might go about finding one.

The first time I found an attorney for Lockergnome, I just picked up the phone book and dialed the first name that caught my eye. That was ten years ago, when the Internet hadn’t quite matured to the level where it is today.

Ament Smith:

Each year the United States Lawyer Rankings puts out a list of the Nation’s Top 10 Lawyers in each of several different practice areas.

Although most of the lawyers on the U.S. Lawyer Rankings Top 10 lists are from large firms (and therefore very expensive) there are a few who are with small firms (usually lawyers at large firms who left to start their own firms) and if you can find one practicing the type of law you need then you get the best of both worlds, a top lawyer at small firm rates.

Madan (Raja) Ahluwalia:

You should ask your friends for references and then meet with the attorney to interview. If there is a match of chemistry and you are satisfied with the knowledge, then hire the attorney.

Bernard Wilson:

I had back problems and discovered that your question can easily be modified to include chiropractors. How do you find a good one?

With an MD, if you don’t like the person, you move on and find another. With a chiropractor or lawyer, by the time you realize there is a problem the damage may well have been done.

I found my chiropractor by asking friends, found that several of them, not connected, recommended the same guy.

As to lawyers, same thing. Ask around. Once you have one for something, you now have another tool for future reference – you can ask your lawyer to refer you to other lawyers. (I needed a civil attorney for something and got great recommendations from criminal lawyers that I worked with on other matters).

Kevin O’Keefe:

Chris, blogs are frankly an excellent way to finding by taking a little time. All the other things mentioned here are directories which really give you little more than yellow pages with a little website puffery.

Nancy Delain:

Your state bar association probably has a lawyer referral service. Your county bar may have one. There are several commercial services out there: lawyers.com, findlaw.com, legalmatch.com, but be aware that lawyers pay to be members of those websites.

Your absolutely best way to find a good lawyer: ask someone — a friend, a business colleague — whom you know and trust for a referral. Your next best way: contact the Better Business Bureau or your state’s bar association. Your third best way: contact the local chamber of commerce or your county’s bar association. The Yellow Pages (although we all use them, so most lawyers do advertise in them) should be your last-ditch effort.

Timothy Johnson:

Find a local university with a reputable law school. Often, these law schools also have legal clinics available to the public, and they can recommend the best of their alumni who happen to be practicing locally. Outside of “word of mouth” this is probably the next best thing.

Jonathan Lambert:

I would suggest nolo.com for a cheap/good lawyer, findlaw.com as a sort of generic source (lot of good people in there), but my experience has been – ask people. Ask for a specific lawyer from people you know in your field or who would be dealing with similar industries, problems, contracts, etc that you’re looking to solve by hiring the lawyer.

Sheilah Etheridge:

Here are the links for King County Bar Assc. and the Washington State Bar Assc. Either can give you a referral for an attorney to meet your needs. You can also find out if any complaints have been filed against specific attorneys.

Talk to people you know as well. Shopping for an attorney is far too important to leave it up to a search of the phone.

eBay Auctions for Business

I’ve been trying AuctionAds for a month or so, and I’m happy to report a few numbers after 15 days of running them in key locations.

  • Total impressions: 689,924
  • Total Clicks: 8,690
  • Total CTR: 1.26
  • Total Revenue: $119

Eh, okay. We simply don’t have enough shopping bloggers on Lockergnome, but we should soon enough (which will likely help those numbers increase across the board). I’ll keep running AuctionAds as AdSense alternative for the time being, although I’m not really able to target the ads to what’s on the page that way (at least, not easily).