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When do you get involved in the process? Can you help me with a problem I have with a business partner?

It is MUCH much easier, more effective, and less expensive your entertainment lawyer can help avoid a problem from the beginning, rather than try to fix a problem after the fact. Often, when a problem has already arisen, the different sides become entrenched in their position, limiting the available solutions. Also, it takes up to 10 times as long to fix a problem, as it would have taken to prevent one. This translates directly into 1) more time getting to your goals and 2) a less effective or desireable outcome overall. We're all cost conscious with our projects. But when an entertainment lawyer has to step in to an existing problem, the options are already limited; your attempts to save a little legal expense up front creates a situation costing far more than the early advice would have cost. Additionally, I appreciate when I'm able to proactively help a client; I also dislike having to bill a client for little or no results. And I can't guarantee a particular outcome during a problem, so my fees to try to fix a problem are the fees I appreciate the least.

  • Key steps about when to involve an entertainment lawyer:
    TRY to determine your comfort level and relative knowledge and experience with the subject matter of your deal.
  • SPEAK to a lawyer to figure out how much it will cost to get them involved early, don't assume it will be overly expensive.
  • ANTICIPATE twice as many steps in your deal as you have budgeted for. What does this do to your schedule, cost, and potential for creating other problems?
  • WEIGH the effects of more problems down the road, against the cost of bringing in a lawyer earlier.
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