Cryptocurrency Attorneys

Affordable, on-demand cryptocurrency lawyers.

Overview

The cryptocurrency attorneys on LawTrades can provide proactive legal planning to keep your bitcoin or other blockchain business running smoothly during potentially rocky times. Emerging cryptocurrencies, wallet providers, smart contract services, digital miners, and cryptocurrency investors need a reliable legal service as they maneuver through complex financial regulations and the legal ambiguities of this emerging digital market.

Our attorneys are licensed across the country and are able to provide both the local regulatory support and the broad corporate guidance cryptocurrency businesses need to succeed. In addition to our attorneys’ experience in the cryptocurrency space, LawTrades attorneys are available to help with corporate law, intellectual property, commercial litigation, regulatory compliance, SEC and finance regulations, tax law, employment law, and international law.

Because cryptocurrencies are so innovative, they continue to defy traditional legal categories and definitions since the advent of Bitcoin. So it is imperative for cryptocurrency startups to consult the legal expertise of the attorneys who are helping to shape the new legal framework for cryptocurrencies and are actively up to date on all of the relevant case law where much of the regulatory policy for these digital currencies is being written. Our attorneys can also help cryptocurrency startups with the implementation of SEC compliant initial coin offerings (ICOs).

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ICOs – Initial Coin Offerings

Initial Coin Offerings are a modern fundraising tool that allows selling tokens for nascent cryptocurrencies. They’re now widely used by blockchain startup companies as a mean of raising capital. As a rule, ICO campaigns are started before the release of a new coin and typically range between $5,000 and $10,000. LawTrades has multiple attorneys with ICO experience.

Smart Contracts

Smart contracts are the programs that encourage and execute the purchasing agreement between the sides of sales by means of blockchain technology. These contracts are also defined as self-executing, as their workflow is predefined by the block of code. Their main goal lies in enabling two parties to trade and carry on business on the Internet without a third party, in most cases anonymously. An attorney on LawTrades can usually assist with smart contracts beginning at $500, but can go as high as many thousands.

Federal and State Regulation

Regulation may be by specific digital currency statute or regulation, under existing money transmitter law and by court cases. In addition to the Federal and different state rules in this area, we also have to consider two main levels of regulatory approach: statutes/regulations and court interpretation.

Taxation

Digital currencies have characteristics of traditional tax haven jurisdictions: earnings are not reported to the IRS and users are provided some level of anonymity. Unlike traditional tax havens, however, digital currencies are able to operate without involving a financial institution.

Securities Regulation

Securities regulation focuses on two different legal issues involving cryptocurrencies — investments purchased with Bitcoins and investing in Bitcoins. The SEC has been active in investigating issues related to Bitcoins and has published an investor alert on Bitcoin and other virtual currency-related investments.

Benefits of legal advice

Stay compliant  

Most cryptocurrency startups are founded by incredibly talented computer programmers and business entrepreneurs. Ultimately they aren’t getting into the software or marketing industry, but into the heavy-handed regulatory environment of the finance industry where they will need specialized legal help to succeed.

Gain a fresh perspective  

Should your company be formed as an LLC? How about a Delaware C-Corp? An experienced cryptocurrency attorney will consider your goals and lead you down the best route for your business.

Be prepared 

Cryptocurrency attorneys who assist your startup in its early stages can steer you away from obstacles and dead ends early on, and will have a greater familiarity of your company and its needs in the future, rather than a random lawyer you’re forced to hire when something goes wrong.

FAQ

What’s the legal difference between cryptocurrency, bitcoin, and blockchains? 

The blockchain is acknowledged by law as what it is - a remarkable implementation of computer software with unique and useful properties. Some of these properties lend the blockchain to challenging legal questions such as in jurisdictional law. Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are classified as virtual currencies and subject to tax law, securities regulation, and Financial Criminal Enforcement Network regulations.

What services are offered by LawTrades cryptocurrency business attorneys? 

Common projects performed by our virtual currency attorneys include business formation, securing permits and licenses, registering trademarks and patents, drafting and reviewing business contracts, assisting with rounds of fundraising including ICOs, implementing website agreements and privacy policies, sorting through tax issues, and helping with securities law. We have attorneys with experience doing everything above and much more.

Why shouldn’t I just research the law and do it myself? 

You could but you’re exposing yourself to major risk. Financial law is complicated and attorneys spend years and countless dollars in law school, then do their journaling, then work for law firms learning the law inside and out. Hiring a professional will undoubtedly save you a lot of time and money.

Can I use free legal templates available online instead of hiring a lawyer? 

You could go that route, but again you’re exposing yourself to risk. Those sites certainly have limitations, largely in that their forms are standardized and may leave out important details specific to your company. This is particular try for companies in the cryptocurrency space. Most of the contracts you’ll need are highly specialized so it will require an attorney who has the requisite experience to draft an ironclad agreement. 

Does LawTrades accept payment in bitcoin? 

Not at this time, but hopefully soon! However, we do have a series of payment options available to our customers.

How It Works

What It's Like Working with LawTrades 

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Chat one-on-one with a Project Manager about your legals needs.
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Review your proposal, which contains the attorney, price, and timeline.
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Approve the project by adding a card on file so your attorney can get started.

Top Cryptocurrency Attorneys

Affordable, on-demand cryptocurrency lawyers.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Ryan David Williams

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Ryan is a Bay-area attorney who specializes in representing emerging tech companies. Ryan helps entrepreneurs, startups and early-stage companies with entity formation, product design and marketing, angel and venture capital, team building, operations, go-to-market strategy, business development, as well as acquisitions and IPOs. Currently, Ryan is representing a blockchain startup in its initial coin offering (ICO). Before opening his own firm, Ryan worked for two prominent law firms and served as VP of Business Operations at an early-stage startup. Ryan received his law degree from NYU.



SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Doug Park

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Doug has become a renowned expert in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry in the past few years, where he regularly delivers continuing legal education (CLEs) for the American Bar Association and Palo Alto Area Bar Association, and has presented on the same topics to executives, private equity fund portfolio companies, the SEC, CFA certificate holders, and accountants. He has lectured extensively on starting startups to entrepreneurs—including on business models, fundraising / ICOs, and finance matters and has many clients in the space. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization from the Stanford School of Business and his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard.

NEW YORK, NY

Kaiser Wahab

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Kaiser is an experienced corporate and securities attorney based in New York. Kaiser is a founding member of a boutique law firm that represents hedge and private equity funds, investment managers, startups, creative businesses, technology companies, and other ventures. His firm also has a core competency in bitcoin strategy focused funds and ICO's. Kaiser has been practicing for 18 years, and earned his law degree from Columbia University, where he currently serves as a professor in venture financing and private offerings.



NEW YORK, NY

Tim Bukher

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Tim is a technology attorney who has formed, managed subscriptions, and remains general counsel to numerous venture funds including cryptocurrency investment portfolios. His firm has engaged and advises technology clients on the regulatory aspects of ICOs as a form of capital fundraising. Tim also serves as outside counsel to tech and software companies, where he assists with complex transactions involving intellectual property licensing, venture capital, digital rights, and cyberlaw/privacy regulations including HIPAA and HiTech. Tim earned his B.A. from NYU and his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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