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Topic # 127010 26-Jul-2013 15:32 Send private message

I'm in the early stages of a SAAS startup by myself and need to speak with a lawyer. Googling startup tech lawyer is easy enough and will bring some up but knowing what to look for beyond that is proving quite difficult.

My questions are what method have others used to find lawyers when they were starting out?
Other than knowing about technology and startups what should I be looking for in a lawyer?
How much money is too much and how much is too cheap? 
How should I be qualifying them?
I have only had one experience with a lawyer before and I now wish that I had done more homework before speaking with him. What  advice could others give me that have been through this before?

Thanks guys I really appreciate the help.

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  Reply # 866687 26-Jul-2013 15:39 Send private message

What are you wanting a lawyer to do for you?



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  Reply # 866689 26-Jul-2013 15:47 Send private message

Most importantly I need them to look at my business plan and get the legalities sorted out so I don't get sued for doing something I wasn't aware of doing, things like patent trolls or accidentally using another brand, putting certain disclaimers in the right place, those sorts of things that you don't really think about.

Then general stuff like asset protection which I imagine is all pretty standard and wouldn't really matter who I went to.

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  Reply # 866695 26-Jul-2013 16:04 One person supports this post Send private message

I haven't used them personally, but this firm often have representation at tech events. In particular Sacha Judd seems to be quite passionate about helping tech start ups.

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  Reply # 866706 26-Jul-2013 16:45 One person supports this post Send private message

I can reccommend

http://www.lojo.co.nz/profile/Rick-Shera?i=54

https://twitter.com/lawgeeknz



Rick Shera. He does absolutely heaps in the tech startup world

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  Reply # 908223 5-Oct-2013 00:32 Send private message

Well, I had the same problem before. i went to a start up incubator to get some suggestion there. You may talk to them before you get a lawyer. It costs a lot to hire a lawyer to check your business plan and sometimes it is difficult to find a lawyer who really understand what you are going to do.

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  Reply # 946291 5-Dec-2013 22:00 Send private message

I would be willing to discuss intellectual property issues with you at a free first meeting. Mesage me.

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  Reply # 946346 6-Dec-2013 06:34 Send private message

You should also get a patent attorney to look at your idea. Normal intellectual property lawyers cannot alwys draft and file patents.

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