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Raising The Bar

Don't settle for second best. Here are some tips for getting the most out of an attorney.

This story appears in the June 1998 issue of

John Lennon once swore he wouldn't write a song about them. Harry Houdini remarked they did tricks even he couldn't figure out. They were both talking about lawyers. And if you haven't already, you will eventually have to hire one.

An attorney can help you comply with the law, check out a business opportunity, prepare a wide array of legal documents, negotiate a deal, network with key players and, if things go awry, file or defend a lawsuit. As a practicing lawyer for more than 15 years, here's my best advice for sizing up, hiring and managing attorneys:

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