Your lawyer serves as your representative and an extension of you. While not all of them are as legendary as John Branca, you can still find who is qualified, fun to work with, affordable, and ready to help you. Here are some important things to think about when choosing your lawyer.
Obviously, you don’t want a real estate lawyer helping you sign contractual agreements. Instead, find someone who has experience in the music industry. This is because this industry has highly specialized terminology. In fact, even though it is still considered the entertainment industry, there are differences between someone who specializes in music and film law. Those who specialized in music understand crucial terminology and legislation, such as the Music Modernization Act, so they can help you separate the good and bad deals. This can help you make money instead of entering into unfillable contracts.
You can further break down music lawyers by their specialties. Some are transactional lawyers that can help you negotiate contracts and make career decisions. These are crucial when you are signing any contracts to prevent you from overlooking anything. Transactional lawyers are thoroughly trained in understanding contractual language and how it affects the parties. While transactional lawyers are the most common, you may also require a litigator for lawsuits or shop lawyers who help get you music deals. You may need only one or all of these lawyers on retainer during your career.
Aside from their focus, find a lawyer who has a good personality. Ensure that they are likable, a clear communicator, understand your career goals, act trustworthy, have your best interests in mind, and meet your needs with care.
Just like you worry about your reputation, you need to find a lawyer with a good one. A quick web search is the best way to get a feel for someone’s reputation. Look at their website, articles about them, and speeches they have given.
Take a minute to picture your lawyer helping you negotiate a contract. Now, try to find someone who has the negotiation style that you just imagined because you are most comfortable with it.
Consider working with an attorney who has clients that work in a similar genre to you. While this isn’t essential, it is a good idea for someone who is new to the industry and doesn’t know their options. Plus, this lawyer can often connect you to other people you may want to work with.
A music lawyer is something that every musician needs. Now that you know what to look for in a potential candidate find the best one for you.