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How to Approach Networking Events as an Attorney

2020-10-06 Networking 0
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You check your watch. OK, 10 minutes early. Nobody wants to be late for an important event like this. Setting straight your tie one last time, you step into the hall. To your surprise, several people have already gathered. Some are casually chatting, while others seem immersed in serious talk. The moment you reach for a… Read more

Benefits of Hiring a Business Lawyer to Start a Business in Chicago

2020-10-02 Business Attorney 0
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Starting a business is a huge undertaking, especially here in good ole’ Chicago. With thousands of competitors, making it big seems like a massive pipe dream. Your competition is the least of your worries right now. To set your business off the ground, you need to prepare various legal documents. For that, you’ll need a… Read more

Questions to Ask When Looking for a Chicago Business Attorney

2018-01-04 Business Attorney 0
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For most people, the legal profession is both intimidating and inscrutable. The idea they would need to interview a prospective attorney to determine whether they are qualified to take their case or not is a confusing concept. Shouldn’t the attorney know their profession? Shouldn’t they be able to qualify or disqualify themselves?

Not necessarily. Lawyers are just like any other profession. They need clients to stay in business, especially if they are running their practice. Attorneys have been known on occasion to take cases they might not otherwise accept so they can pay their bills. As with any purchase, the old maxim “buyer beware” holds true.

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So what can you do to make sure your attorney is qualified?

1. Bar Association

Even if you are confident your attorney knows their stuff, it never hurts to check with your local or state Bar. This association is dedicated to maintaining standards for the practice of law, and every attorney is required to be a member in good standing. It is illegal to practice law unless you are a member of the Bar. Business attorneys in Chicago would be members of the Illinois State Bar Association.

The Bar Association will also be able to tell you if your prospective attorney has had any ethics inquiries or disputes with clients before. All of this information is public record and available on request from nearly any Bar Association in the country.

2. Type of Law

If you or your business are planning to file a lawsuit and take your case to trial, it is always a good idea to ask what kind of litigator an attorney is before you agree to let them represent you and your case. There is a very big difference between administrative law and trial law. A vanishingly small percentage of attorneys are effective litigators. As any of the litigators at Roth Fioretti would tell you, arguing a case before a jury is a far different prospect from fighting a case through motions and paperwork.

Although you can’t obtain a list of your attorney’s past clients because of client-attorney privilege, you can get records of the cases they’ve argued before a jury. If you consider your case important enough, it won’t hurt to review some of their past verdicts to see how they fared at trial. You don’t necessarily have to read entire transcripts, but knowing what courts they have appeared before and what verdicts they earned could be helpful in the long run.

3. Accurate Assessment

Make sure your prospective attorney wants to represent your business. Often when interviewing lawyers, you’ll find they will try to discourage you from pursuing claims. If you find your future lawyer arguing against your vision and trying to talk you out of a case or offering alternatives just for the sake of being contrary, it’s a pretty safe bet they aren’t going to put a full effort into advocating for your interests. These are obviously the lawyers you will want to avoid. Find someone who is as excited about your business as you are.

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Ultimately, hiring an attorney is no different than hiring any other kind of professional. Make sure they are qualified, and then make sure they are as dedicated to your business as you are. If you find someone who meets both requirements, stick with them. They are rare exceptions.

Looking To Move? These Are The Best Moving Companies In Chicago

2017-07-29 Chicago Moving Companies 0
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Moving is something that almost everyone has to deal with at some point. Moving can be a stressful process, due to the length of packing and other variables that must be taken into account. Various moving companies in Chicago assist with the moving process to help things run smoothly. Here is a look at the best moving companies in Chicago.

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Windy City Movers

Windy City Movers provides professional moving storage and packing services throughout Chicago. Windy City Movers has over 30 years of experience assisting people with their commercial and residential relocating needs. Windy City Movers belongs to the Illinois Movers and Warehousemen’s Association. Every move is provided standard insurance, though other insurance options are available.

2 Guys And A Van

2 Guys And A Van strives to make moving simple. 2 Guys And A Van are a local family owned company that specializes in moving condos, dorms, apartments and small offices. 2 Guys And A Van has a fleet of fully equipped trucks with power lift gates. They can unload your rental truck, ABF, or POD. 2 Guys And A Van is committed to providing affordable pricing and the best customer satisfaction.

Moovers Chicago

Moovers Chicago Inc is a professional moving company that offers commercial and residential services. Movers specialize in multiple bedroom apartments. Movers will disassemble and assemble large pieces of furniture with their power tools. Movers also provide full wrapping service by using padding, tape, and plastic wrap. Moovers uses speed boxes, dollies, straps, and other pieces of equipment to improve speed and efficiency. Moovers does not charge a gas or mileage fee.

Legit Movers Chicago

Legit Movers Chicago specializes in moving from packing service, office relocation, and domestic removals. Legit Movers uses an entirely transparent billing system. Legit Movers offers service based on promptitude, integrity, and honesty. Legit Movers Chicago looks at every move as an individual job and places emphasis on keeping the property of their customers safe.

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New City Moving

New City Moving can help with both corporate and residential moving. New City Moving responds quickly to all inquiries. They will drop off all of your moving supplies so that you can start packing ahead of time. New City Movers also offers moving protection through different moving insurance packages.

Cheap Chicago Movers

While they don’t do any of the actual packing or transporting, Cheap Movers Chicago helps customers find local moving companies at discounted rates. Whether you’re looking for a full service moving company or just a couple hours of help getting the U-Haul loaded, this company aggregates quotes from licensed movers to help you find the best rates in town.

Move-Tastic

Designed by a couple of triathletes, Move-Tastic provides a new approach to the moving experience. Every member of Move-Tastic goes through tough training to help provide the safest and most enjoyable moving experience possible. Move-Tastic helps with business to business moves, truck unloading and labor for special events.

The Professional Moving Specialists

The Professional Moving Specialists provide services for some different situations, including; antique & fine art, piano moving, special moving for students, and commercial moving for institutions, museums, and galleries. The Professional Moving Specialists will make sure that your items are properly secured and transferred to your location without any disturbances.

10 Tips To Help You Grow Your Brand

2017-06-16 Personal Development 0
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Having a brand can set you apart from other peers in your field. Building a brand allows you to change your reputation. Establishing a strong brand can help market you as someone that different clients, colleagues, and customers will want to work with or hire. Here are some strategies that you can implement to build… Read more

Professional Habits to Cultivate in Your 20s

2017-06-09 Personal Development 0
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After working hard in the professional world for a few years, you’ve finally started to make real progress in your career. To continue making progress, there are some professional habits that you should develop in your 20s that can take you a long way. Here are a few to keep in mind. Adjust Your Facebook… Read more