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How much does a New York business lawyer cost? Business owners in New York hire attorneys for a variety of legal services and a common question to ask is how much this type of lawyer charges their clients. Let's explore this question and some basic information about business lawyers.

Based on ContractsCounsel's marketplace data, the average cost of a New York business lawyer is $150.00 - $595.00 per hour.

How Much Does a New York Business Lawyer Cost?

A business lawyer, also referred to as a corporate lawyer or a commercial lawyer, is an attorney that specializes in legal matters that affect businesses and business owners. Whether it is a small family owned company or a large multi-million dollar corporation, business owners rely on attorneys for legal guidance and services to run a successful business.

Before hiring an attorney, it is important to find out how much legal services will cost. Lawyer fees will vary significantly depending on location, services provided, and the lawyer’s experience. Some businesses hire a lawyer for a single task or project, while others keep a lawyer on retainer for ongoing legal work. These factors will all affect the cost of a business lawyer.

What Legal Services do New York Business Lawyers Provide?

Business lawyers can be an essential asset for a business owner. They provide a wide variety of legal services ranging from document drafting to representation in legal disputes.

Some common services that a business lawyer provides include:

  • Business formation assistance. Establishing a new business can be a complicated process. In New York, all businesses must be registered with the New York Secretary of State and depending on the business entity, various documents must be drafted and submitted. A business lawyer can help their client with drafting documents like Articles of Incorporation and filing these documents with the correct government office. Using an attorney to help with business formation can help new business owners avoid costly and time consuming mistakes.
  • Contracts and agreements. Most businesses use contracts in their day-to-day operations. An experienced business attorney will know how to draft employment contracts, service contracts, non-compete agreements, and any other legal document that the business owner may need to protect their interests.
  • Laws and regulations that govern businesses in New York are constantly changing. It can be difficult for a business owner to stay on top of these changes, but a business lawyer can help. An attorney will ensure that their clients are up to date on the latest rules and regulations that affect their industry.
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. Restructuring a corporation due to a merger or acquisition can be a complicated process. A business lawyer will guide clients through this process and draft and review any necessary documents to facilitate corporate changes.
  • Intellectual property rights. Any business with trademarks, patents, trade secrets, or copyrights should be concerned about protecting intellectual property. A business lawyer can assist with registering intellectual property with the correct government agencies to protect the business’s interests.
  • Dispute resolution. Disputes are a common occurrence when running a business. Some disputes are internal like between partners or employers and employees, while some can concern customers or vendors. A business lawyer can represent their client throughout any business disputes that may arise, including attending arbitration or making court appearances.
  • General legal advice and guidance. Many business owners retain a business lawyer to provide guidance and answers to legal questions that may arise during the day-to-day operations of a business.
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Do New York Business Lawyers Go to Court?

Yes. While most business law is transactional, many business attorneys are trained litigators and can represent their clients in court. A business lawyer can file lawsuits on behalf of their clients or provide representation if a lawsuit is filed against the business.

As a litigator, a business lawyer will draft pleadings, conduct discovery, and present arguments in court on behalf of their clients. They will be experienced in court procedure, rules of evidence, and legal strategies to best advocate for their clients.

Business lawyers will also work to resolve issues before court intervention is necessary. This can involve representing a business owner in negotiations, mediations, or arbitration.

How Do New York Business Lawyers Charge for Legal Services?

Hourly Rates for New York Business Lawyers

Hourly rate fee agreements are one of the most common ways that lawyers bill their clients. Under this payment arrangement, the lawyer will keep track of the time they spend on their client’s case then bill their client for the number of hours worked.

If legal services are ongoing, a lawyer will typically bill their client monthly. If a lawyer is hired for a one-time project or case, they may wait until legal representation has concluded to bill the client.

Hourly rates are beneficial for lawyers because it is the best way to ensure that they are fully compensated for all legal services provided. Lawyers will often include travel time, time spent responding to emails, and even the time of their support staff in an hourly rate bill.

ContractsCounsel's marketplace data shows the average hourly rate for a New York business lawyer is $150.00 - $595.00 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for New York Business Lawyers

A flat fee rate is a predetermined total fee for all legal services. When a lawyer is hired for a specific task like drafting a contract or filing formation documents, they may opt to use this payment structure rather than an hourly rate structure.

Flat fee rates are usually paid upfront before the lawyer begins work on the case. Many clients prefer flat rate fees because it provides a definitive cost of legal services and avoids any sticker shock that can occur with hourly billing.

New York Business Lawyer Retainer Agreements

A retainer fee agreement is a combination of the hourly rate and flat fee rate payment structures. A retainer fee agreement requires the client to pay the lawyer an initial deposit from which the attorney will then deduct hourly fees. The client will be required to deposit more money when their balance is low.

For example, a business lawyer may require a $5,000 retainer fee to begin working for a business. The attorney will keep this deposit in a trust account and deduct their hourly rate from the account as they perform legal services. Once the account reaches a certain low balance, the attorney will require an additional deposit from the business.

What are Typical Attorney Fees for New York Lawyers?

In New York, the average attorney fees in all legal areas range from about $150 an hour to $595 an hour. These hourly rates will vary based on the lawyer’s experience and areas of specialization.

When setting hourly rates, attorneys will take several factors into consideration like their experience, how many court appearances a case will require, and the rates of other similar attorneys in the area.

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