My brother is a lawyer and he said that if I’m starting a business I should find a lawyer to advise me. I can’t afford to keep a lawyer on retainer. Do I need one?

24 Nov My brother is a lawyer and he said that if I’m starting a business I should find a lawyer to advise me. I can’t afford to keep a lawyer on retainer. Do I need one?

That really depends on your business. But to start, I am sure your brother, the lawyer, could help you find someone in his field to use besides himself, i.e. “my friend could help, he practices …” There are all sorts of different types of lawyers and their specialties are specific, such as patent, corporate, and structural. If you’re planning on trying to get a patent, for example, you will need a patent lawyer. Generally you can find legal help online for reasonable prices these days. It’s no longer necessary to keep one on retainer like it used to be.

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