I’m a non-resident alien who wants to open a business with my brother (permanent resident) in California. What should I look for in a tax attorney?

I agree with Andrew – a tax attorney is probably not what you need. Rather, a general startup attorney could help you with not only the tax implications, but also corporate governance, intellectual property, employment and contracts. Here are a few other factors to be mindful of:

1. Experience: You are going to want to find a lawyer who is well versed in the fields you need assistance with. You should look for lawyers who are business minded and have an in-depth understanding of transactional law, securities, intellectual property and business development. The attorneys on our site have an average of 10+ years experience, so finding a seasoned attorney in any particular field is not a difficult task.

2. Professional Chemistry: It is one of the most important aspects of finding the best lawyer for your needs. Particularly in the startup context, clients will have to work closely with their lawyers on a regular basis and will rely on these lawyers to ensure the well-being of their company in the early stages. You must not only feel comfortable with your lawyer, but also like working with your lawyer and have compatible personalities.

3. Attorney’s Fees: As noted before, you have a great understanding of the price you are looking to pay. With this in mind, you can use our site to quickly tailor your search to attorneys that fall within your price range. Many of our attorneys are solo practitioners or members of small firms, so it will be very easy for you to find someone around your desired fee.

4. Reputation: You want a lawyer that has done well in the past for clients in your similar situation. As a client, you want to have some security before agreeing to hire a lawyer. Transparency is the key to feeling confident that your lawyer is well-equipped and competent to handle your legal matters. You can browse through each lawyer’s verified client reviews to see the previous work this attorney has done, whether their clients were satisfied with their services, and their legal successes and shortcomings in the past.

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