Long Island General Counsel Lawyers Representing Your Interests
Have you ever been in a business meeting and had questions about the legal ramifications of an idea or proposed transaction? Companies often have to handle a variety of matters, and many of them can have legal implications for the individual staff and the larger corporation. This is why most large businesses have a legal department that a dedicated general counsel lawyer runs. Below, you can find more information on what a general counsel attorney does, how they can help your business, and what to know before you hire one.
Having a general counsel is an important part of protecting your business’s interests and ensuring that your company is prepared for everyday legal issues and larger problems that might arise. To get more information about MontanaroLaw P.C. and how we can serve as general counsel, contact our office today.
What Is a General Counsel Attorney?
In the legal industry, a general counsel attorney is a lawyer who is usually retained by a business or larger corporation to be the head of their legal team. These companies use general counsel attorneys so that they have someone ready to answer any legal questions that may arise as a result of their business dealings or interactions.
What Does a General Counsel Lawyer Do?
A general counsel lawyer is responsible for filling a variety of legal positions within a company. They may consult on overall business matters to provide legal counsel on what they think is the right step for the company moving forward. They may also provide their opinion on specific actions the company is considering taking, such as a new purchase or a merger.
Within a company, a general counsel attorney may also be responsible for the business’s legal filings that happen in the normal and ordinary operations of the business. This may include things like ensuring the proper legal paperwork is filed for trademarks or working with the accounting department to ensure taxes are filed correctly and handled according to the law.
What Can I Expect When I Meet With an Attorney?
When you meet with an attorney to find out about their general counsel services, it involves a few parts. The first is an introduction of both parties. The attorney is likely to ask you to give some basic information on what kind of business you are involved in and what legal services you are looking for in a general counsel attorney. When you meet with the attorney the first time, it’s a good idea to have specific questions drawn up so you can ask about their experience with certain aspects of the legal system.
After that, the lawyer may have some more specific questions about the specific procedures of your business to ensure that their services are a match for what you are looking for. The attorney will also likely tell you about their firm and their experience and how they may be a good fit for your needs.
If everything seems to be a good match at this point, the conversation will likely turn to logistics and budget. This is where you will provide a more in-depth idea of what you need a general counsel attorney for — both in the immediate days or weeks and over the long term. The lawyer can talk to you about their fees and how they render services.
Assuming that the partnership is a good fit for both the business and the attorney, it may be possible to retain counsel at that point. Or you may have to go back to the business stakeholders with the information to get everything approved.
How Much Does a General Counsel Attorney Cost?
One of the biggest questions when it comes to hiring a general counsel attorney is how much of the budget it is going to take. Legal fees vary between firms and may be different based on the needs of your company. However, many general counsel attorneys are employed either on a salary with the company or work off of a retainer basis.
If you are just starting the process of deciding to hire a general counsel attorney, it is a good idea to talk to any potential firms about their pricing. They should be able to give you a clearer idea of how they work, what their fees are, and what services they can deliver for those fees. This lets you go back to any stakeholders with a clearer outline of what it will take to hire a general counsel attorney and what the benefits will be for the business.
Why Should I Hire MontanaroLaw P.C.?
When you need help understanding the legal system and your options, whether you are considering filing a lawsuit or finding yourself being named as a defendant, it’s important to get as much information as possible. At MontanaroLaw P.C., we can talk with you to understand the details of your situation and what your goal or hope is for the end outcome. We can provide counsel on what your options are and the possible legal options you have moving forward.
Scheduling an appointment with our office is the first step to learning more about how we may be able to help you. We offer free consultations for those in the Massapequa, Long Island, and greater Nassau County area. Get more information and talk to a member of our team when you call our office at (516) 203-1700. We can answer your questions and help you determine if our firm is a fit for your legal needs.