Finding a Copyright Lawyer / Attorney

 

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Finding a Copyright Lawyer / Attorney
 
 
When it comes to the final crunch, and you believe that you HAVE to consult an attorney / Lawyer  - you need to be aware of the process involved to ensure you choose the right attorney for you. 
 
We have searched the internet for you and put together a guide to finding the right copyright lawyer. 

There seem to be a a number of ways to choose
a legal practitioner that has strengths in copyright and intellectual property services.

Firstly: Ask a Lawyer, Attorney or Legal Practitioner to reffer you to someone that they know.

    ie. If you have had to have used a solicitor before and were happy with their service  - but you know that they do not specialise in this specific area of copyright law speciality; politely question them about who they would refer you to who DOES specialise in this area.

Secondly.  Quiz your colleagues and freinds.

More than often, you would not have had to have dealt with a lawyer or soliciter before, but most likely someone you know will have.

Thirdly. Proffesional Services that you already utilise.
You would already have contact with proffesionals like your doctor, or your accountant.  These people will most likely know a contact for you to meet with.

 

When you have found a lawyer: You need to have your first contact with them.  We have all heard how expensive lawyers and solicitors can be based on their time that you use.  So - you need to be fully aware of why you are going to meet them and what you want out of the meeting.

a) MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR THE MEETING,

Be sure to give the solicitor as much of an exact idea of your problem and what you believe that you want to acheive and why you need their help.

For example:

In as much detail as you can, write out exactly how your copyright has been infringed upon, why you believe so and how you can prove that someone has copied your original expression / origional work withour your permission.   You need to remember everything that you can about how this is your origional work and how you believe that the infringement could have happened.

b) YOU ARE PAYING FOR ADVICE.  ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS.
Like with your preperation of documents that you will need to discuss your copyright infringement case
with your attorney, You need to prepare your list of questions thouroughly.  This first meeting is YOUR opportunity
to learn all available information that you will require - most importantly, you need to learn if this is the right copyright advice attorney for your specific needs. 
You need to be as certain as you can that this is an attorney or solictor that you are ok about using and that you are confident in their knowledge, service and fees..
 
Don't be afraid to write down questions and read them off like a check-list in the meeting and take note's of any responses. You are the client.   
Some questions to ask a lawyer in your first meeting:
i)Do they have experience of any kind with your specific case.  Ask for a short example and a reference if possible.
ii) Can your attorney give you a reasonable  idea of the time that will be involved with a case such as yours.
iii)Is your attorney or lawyer in the position to begin work on your case immediatly?
iv) What stages or processes are there that lead up to getting your particular copyright issue resolved.
v)Of these stages, what sort of time can you expect for each individual stage as you move forward to a final outcome.
vi)Ask the solicitor to provide an open and straight first view of how successful they believe that your case could be and why.
vii)Is the attorney familiar with the laws in your state?
Viii)Is the attorney available when you call? (You need a lawyer to be available whenever you need them)
ix)Like with your document preperation, and this list of your questions  -
ask if there is anything further going forward that you can prepare for your solicitor to shorten the time that they have to spend on your particular issue and therefore help cut down any costs that you will incur.

Before you make a final decision on engaging the right attorney.



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