No matter what is the scale of operation, every legal business needs a business lawyer. These lawyers are specialized in dealing with legal aspects of a business. In Costa Rica, Business lawyers work either independently or in a law firm. Whether you contact an independent attorney or a law firm, for your business related matters, this piece of information is going to assist you in hiring the right person.
A business lawyer can advice you in following matters:
* Formation of company
* Power of attorney
* Trademarks and copyrights
* Lease and rent contracts
* Mortgages and loans
* Workers’ benefits and legal rights
* Import and export etc.
Most small businesses are conservative towards hiring a business attorney and paying his fees until problems arise. But this is a big mistake. Having a business lawyer by your side can save you from getting into legal problems and save unnecessary expenses.
Big vs. small law firms
This is a difficult choice to make while hiring an attorney. Big law firms generally have the advantage of specialization but they usually charge more than small firms. To some extent, the choice depends on the type of your business. If your business is fast growing and would need funds in near future, it is better to go for big law firms with well known attorneys in investment banking and venture capital community of Costa Rica.
Choice of lawyer
This is the era of specialization. A lawyer, who understands domestic laws well, is not fit for business purposes. To support your business properly, you need somebody who specializes in
Contracts – In the course of your business, you have to make several contracts with your customers, suppliers etc. and also have to sign lot of them. A business law year should assist you in that.
Business structure – A good business lawyer should guide you in choosing the right form of your business like corporation or private limited etc.
Tax and license – Besides accountants, your business lawyer has a key role to play in tax related matters like getting tax ID, handling of legal procedures in case of non – or late submission of taxes etc.
Criteria of choice
Before hiring a business lawyer in Costa Rica, you must make sure that
* He has sufficient experience.
* He negotiates fees.
* He can handle multiple business related legal matters.
* He has worked previously in similar business or industry.
* He is willing to explain legal matters to you and your employees.
Where to search?
A definite place to find a business attorney is the Costa Rica bar association. In Bar Association’s website, you will find portfolio’s of lawyers dealing specially business matters.
Besides, there are some law firms which are waiting to assist you. The law firms usually hire lawyers with different specializations like family law, business law, professional law, immigration law etc. Just go to their website and state your issue, they will respond and select a suitable business lawyer for you.