In our last article, we discussed three important factors in making a hiring decision of a Gig Harbor business attorney. It is vital to look at experience, knowledge and the scope of the firm’s practice to help you make a wise decision with your legal team. After further review, it is important to make the extra effort to look at a second set of criteria for hiring a business attorney.


A big factor that often goes overlooked in the business world is that of personal experience. This means, does the person providing the advice have actual experience, or are they just providing sound legal counsel. There is a big difference when the legal firm has personal life experience from the trenches. For example, if you were a real estate investor, it could be beneficial to have a lawyer that has purchased a few rental properties so they can relate to the challenges of owning real estate. This personal experience can give the business attorney an extra lens to view your case with. With Andrews and Arbenz, we are a small business that has set up its home in the heart of Tacoma. We have our roots in the South South. We know the challenges that come with starting and running a business in this area and have the experience necessary to provide any small business with sound advice for their growing business needs.


An additional factor to look at is how much the business attorney charges per hour or if they only charge on certain issues or legal actions. While many law firms have a difference in rate of pay finding a firm that will work with you to make sure you get the help you need without being drained in your bank account can be vital. Be sure to ask the firm what types of services you will be charged for and what will be offered for free depending on your situation. This will help you know when to involve your legal team.


Another critical factor that does not get addressed, but is fairly important is the demeanor of the lawyer you are working with. Are they a teacher, do they take the time to explain the legal concepts that you are not familiar with? Do they make sure you know all your options? Are they available for your questions? Are they prompt in getting back to you after you reach out to them for advice? These questions can help make sure you are well informed on the type of lawyer you are hiring. If they have the heart of a teacher and are good about getting back to you on a regular basis then you have found a good fit. Be sure to take the time to ask them these questions on the on set so you know what type of business attorney you are getting.

These factors, along with the others from the previous post are vital to consider as you are making your hiring decision for a business attorney. At Andrews and Arbenz, we pride ourselves on being a thriving small business in the South Sound. We know what it takes to succeed in a crowded marketplace. We have loved serving the small businesses of this area for many years and know that our track records of quality work and strong work ethic will be a great fit for you and your small business. Contact us today to learn how we can help you today.