We're a startup business that is in need of a sales agreement contract. We're young recent graduates without a lot of capital to build our business. Are there local Seattle-based lawyers that would support our business by providing contract writing assistance without significant cost?
3 Answers from Attorneys
Most attorneys charge for their services, especially so in the business law area. Try searching (or posting) on Craigslist. There are also form sales contracts available online. If you get one of these, and adapt it as best you can before giving it to an attorney, most of the leg work will be done. That will reduce the billable time you have to pay to finalize the document. Consult with an attorney in your area for specifics.
Kevin B. Murphy, B.S., M.B.A., J.D. - Mr. Franchise
I'm a Seattle attorney and practice in business law. You can contact me directly and we can talk about costs and your needs.
Ann Davison Sattler
Attorney at Law
Admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon
Aiken, St. Louis & Siljeg, P.S.
1200 Norton Building
801 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-1571
My general advice is to shop around. I've discovered that attorney fees can vary quite a lot for the same task, depending on the attorney. As Mr. Murphy suggested, many will be willing to review your draft contract and clean it up, though to keep our malpractice carriers happy, we will have to make sure everyone is clear as to who is responsible for what. Also, for transactional work such as you describe, it is usually possible to set a fixed fee in advance.
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