International business lawyers make sure your international business matters move along as smoothly as possible.
International expansion of your business is a major step that requires the services of an international business lawyer. The law is more complex than ever today, so having someone to help in your overseas business ventures is crucial. However, not everyone understands the need for legal representation on international business matters. Let’s touch on four ways international lawyers are underrated:
1. International lawyers understand twice as much law as the average attorney.
This may not be technically true, but the point is to provide effective legal representation, an international lawyer needs to have a solid grasp of the law in not only their home country, but in the overseas country as well. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that many international attorneys are fluent in two or more languages.
2. International business lawyers help you stay out of trouble.
Your attorney’s primary goal is to keep you in compliance with applicable laws and out of the courtroom. There’s a saying in the legal profession that goes like this: “If you need a litigation attorney, it means a transaction attorney messed up.” While not true in every case, this saying represents the concept that a good international attorney will make sure you do everything you can do to follow the law and avoid any potential legal trouble. And yes, an attorney well-versed in international matters often knows more about overseas law than a typical litigator.
3. International lawyers are great problem spotters.
There’s another important saying in the legal profession: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” A primary job of any attorney is to help clients identify potential problems before they arise. Here’s an example: let’s say a US-based company is closing a deal with a company overseas and wants to insert a particular contractual term that’s standard in US contracts. But what if that provision isn’t enforceable abroad? It’s the lawyer’s job to catch this issue and provide proper guidance to the client.
4. An international attorney will be well-versed in other cultures.
What may seem “normal” or acceptable in the US may not be so in other countries. For example, when interacting with a business counterpart in Germany, it’s expected to keep business dealings very formal, with little “small talk.” And while in Japan, using someone’s first name when you meet them for the first time is a sign of disrespect. An international business attorney can help with these non-legal, yet still important, issues.
Choose an International Business Lawyer to Meet Your Needs
An international business lawyer is critical to ensure proper handling of international transactions and legal matters. Schedule your complimentary consultation with our team at Wilbanks Law Firm, P.C. by calling (706) 335-2355 to discuss any international business law questions you might have.