Understanding The Legal Process

Finding The Right Lawyer To Help Settle Business Disputes

by Eli Gregory

When you operate a business, you may have to deal with many different vendors and customers, on many different levels. The day may come when you need to have a business lawyer work with you to clear up a dispute or problem between your company and one of those clients, customers, or vendors. It is important that you find the right lawyer to work with you and who understands the ins and outs of the business law.

When Disputes Happen

Business can be tough and sometimes there is nothing you can do to avoid a dispute between your business and a third party. It might be something the other party caused, or it might be something that your business caused. Either way, the dispute needs to be cleared up so that both parties can go on and continue doing business, maybe not with each other, but certainly with others. Tying your company up with lengthy litigation is never good for you or the company. It can be financially difficult and will often create a distraction that can affect the way business is being conducted, day to day.

Finding the Right Lawyer

The search for the right lawyer can take time, but if you already have a business attorney your do business with, you should talk to them first. If they cannot handle the dispute for you, they can often recommend a colleague that can. If you don't have a lawyer for your business, you will need to talk to a couple and find one that can help. Be ready to lay out all the details of the dispute so that the lawyer can determine if they can help or not. You need to make sure you let them know who the dispute is within case they represent the other party in some other legal matter because they cannot represent you and the other party at the same time.

Speedy Litigation

Ideally, the best situation is for the lawyer to help you communicate with the other party and resolve the matter out of court. A settlement can be good for both parties in many ways but more than anything, it gets the dispute resolved and lets the business get back to normal day to day activities. If you can reach a settlement, you want to be sure that your lawyer has court experience as well. If the case does go to court, you will want to be comfortable with your lawyer being able to handle it and while the court will determine the outcome of the dispute, a lawyer that can lay out the case and articulate things to the court well, will be most effective in helping the court see the dispute your way. And at the end of the day, that is the business litigation outcome you want, one that favors your company.