How do I find a good startup lawyer and convince him to take equity instead of cash?

If you want to offer equity, consider the attorney like any other investor/shareholder, they need to believe you can execute on your idea so they will actually see any return on their “investment” of their time.   If you do some of it yourself, at least talk and get some quotes from reputable local startup firms/lawyer and you may see that they will give you some free guidance and often offer variable terms for payment including equity, flat fees, or other flexible payment terms.

I went over a few of the common issues for California lawyers and some options in my recent article at:  http://siliconvalleystartupattor…

Always remember, good early advice can save you tons down the road and good start-up lawyers can provide other valuable business advice and connections to add value to the other mere transactional needs you may have.

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