Your legal team is in place to serve you. They want and need to help you with every legal matter your corporation encounters. Whether it’s company formation, tax issues, litigation or something you never even imagined facing.
Lawyers often want and need a lot of information. While this might seem intrusive, you will be the most proactive by providing them with everything they need.
Here are some tips for helping your law team:
Tell Them Everything
To serve you best, you need to tell your lawyers everything. There might be some things that seem hard to explain, or too far in the past or not important but, trust us, they need to know.
In order to do the best job for you, your law team needs a develop a deep and wide knowledge of everything that’s happened with you and your company so that they can best protect you today.
It’s better to get this information all on the table at the start of any collaboration or venture rather than waiting until something becomes an issue and all information comes to light or needs to be divulged in a hurry.
Don’t think, “That’s boring. I don’t want to waste my law team’s time on that” or “Hmm, do I really want to tell them about that employee fiasco from ten years ago or that year I forgot to file my taxes?” Tell them everything. Don’t worry about being judged. Your legal team is in place to protect you and not to sit in judgement of a mistake from your past.
Tell them everything and you’ll be happy that you did.
Give Them All-Access
If your law team wants to look at past records, files or run background checks on employees; let them. They aren’t snooping or being nosy, they are trying to do their due diligence to best help you and protect your company and its’ assets.
If they need access to financial information, databases, employee files or your own personal records; give them the access they need in order to get the most value from their expertise.
Provide What They Ask as Quickly As You Can
If your legal team needs something that is difficult to get or that will take some time, such as a certified letter, notarized document or an employee dismissal file from three years ago, try to get it to them as quickly as you can. Don’t drag your feet and hope they will not stop asking or forget about it.
You pay your legal team for their time. By hiding information from them or not complying with their needs, you are only doing a disservice to yourself and your company. Let them do their job by providing them the tools that they need.
Your legal team is there to serve your unique business needs. Allow your team to be more than a vendor of legal services but a real partner to you and your company. After all, the more they know, the more they can help.
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This article is written by Adrian Mah from Asia Law Network.
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