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Why Should I Hire a Cannabis Lawyer?

Complex regulations. Increasing competition. A chance at business success that comes with a risk of harsh penalties for seemingly minor mistakes. These are only a few of the many reasons why every cannabis business owner should seek legal help. To protect yourself and your business, search for a local attorney familiar with the cannabis industry.

How an Attorney Can Help

A lawyer can help you with all legal aspects of running your cannabis business, including:

  • Business formation
  • Licensing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Tax compliance
  • Business transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate and construction
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Administrative litigation

Your legal needs will depend on your unique situation. Whether you are investigating options to start a marijuana business, grow an existing operation or protect your business from a legal challenge, speak to an experienced lawyer.

If you face cannabis criminal charges, find a lawyer experienced in drug crime defense near you.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

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