How to Pick the Perfect External Legal Team

Is your business revving up for the next phase of success and in search of a legal team that can help you navigate the many hurdles that life can throw your way? From protecting your personal assets and those you love while you expand to handling disputes when they arise, the right legal team will always have your back.

At Paperclip Law, we know that finding the right fit can be difficult. The good news is, selecting a firm that’s aligned with your vision and prepared to help you grow today and in the future doesn’t have to be a headache. Based in Vancouver and Squamish BC, our team believes in forming longstanding relationships with our clients based on trust, transparency and expertise you can count on. If you’re in the market for a new representation, but are unsure of what to look for in your next partnership, below are six questions to ask external legal counsel.

1. How Do You Meet My Needs Today?

It may seem a little too common sense, but never take for granted the importance of teaming up with legal counsel that gets where you are and can help you lay the groundwork for where you want to be tomorrow.

2. Can You Keep Up?

Whether you’re in need of legal assistance for business or personal matters (or both), you need a team that can keep up with your evolving needs. The right fit won’t just match your pace now but will be prepare as you continue to grow and tackle the many curveballs that come your way.

3. Are You More Than Just A Cookie Cutter Fix?

Let’s be real: as lawyers, we often deal with similar cases that have similar resolutions on a daily basis. That doesn’t mean each of our clients are the same, or should be treated as such. If you want a firm that really has your best interests in mind, you need to find a team that’s able to look beyond canned responses and the cookie-cutter approach and that focuses on creative, dynamic solutions instead.

4. Will You Communicate With Me?

You might be used to partnering with a legal team, sending a few emails here and there, and only meeting in person when it’s absolutely necessary. While there’s something to be said for saving time on both sides of the table, you should never feel lost and left on your own to deal with legal jargon, difficult contracts, or anything in between. The right lawyer should be able to act as a translator, while also being readily available for clear, transparent communication. As a general rule of thumb: if they can’t explain it simply, then they don’t know it well enough.

5. Do You Have My Best Interest In Minds?

Acting as your legal counsel means being on your side, no matter what life throws your way. The right team will be there to guide you over every hurdle, help you keep a level head, and plan for the best possible outcome overall.

6. Do Your Values Align?

No matter how brilliant a legal team may be, if they don’t match up with your ethics and values, your relationship will likely end in disappointment on both sides. Forming a solid understanding with each other built on shared goals and priorities allows both lawyer and client to put their best foot forward in all matters, and removes the potential for significant headaches down the line. Never be afraid to ask about a firm’s culture and to share your own; after all, we’re here to help you!

Ready to work with a winning legal team that believes in treating business owners as more than “just a client”? At Paperclip Law, we’re here to do so much more than bill you for our advice. Our team takes pride in partnering with our clients to find the best solutions for your needs today, tomorrow, and in the many years to come. Find out more by contacting us today.

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