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Tips for Building a Successful Relationship with Your Attorney

Most business owners know that relationships are the key to company growth, so they focus on building strong ones, particularly with customers and clients. That includes relationships with accountants, bankers and, yes, even lawyers.

Whether you’re the entrepreneur of a startup or a seasoned executive running an established company, a strong relationship with a business attorney can enhance the success of your operations. When you have the right attorney in your corner, you have someone to confide in because attorney-client privilege protects most of your communications, and you can be confident that your lawyer will look out for your best interests, keeping your company on the right track.

Forging a solid relationship with your attorney takes a little time, but the value it brings to your business makes the effort well worth it. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your relationship with your lawyer.

  • Communicate honestly — The more your lawyer knows about you and your business, the more effective he or she can be in advising you. Be open about the current state of the company and what you hope to accomplish in the future.
  • Ask questions — You and your lawyer are in a relationship of equals, so you should both ask questions whenever you need to. If you don’t understand why your attorney recommends a certain action, don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation.
  • Set expectations — How often do you want updates from your lawyer? What method of communication do you prefer? How quick a response time do you expect? Letting your attorney know what you expect benefits both of you.
  • Consider ethical implications — Texas lawyers must abide by the state bar’s rules of professional conduct, commonly called ethics rules. If you ask your attorney to do something unethical, it puts him or her in a bad spot and may damage or even end your relationship.
  • Be responsive — It’s important for you to make yourself available to attend meetings, depositions or mediation sessions when required, and to respond to your lawyer’s requests in a timely manner. Remember, your lawyer doesn’t completely control the timing of a legal proceeding. Judges, mediators and attorneys on the other side all have schedules to keep, too.

These are just a few of the ways any business owner can create a fruitful relationship with their attorney. At the Law Office of Paul R. Clevenger in Dallas, I have spent more than 30 years representing Texas businesses in a range of legal matters and understand the value of forging strong relationships with clients. To schedule an initial consultation, call 469-212-9764 or contact my office online.

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