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Questions frequently asked about working with a literary lawyer
He is a lawyer whose field of activity is or encompasses the field of publication and who usually acts as a representative in contract negotiation and in litigation/issues in his literary career. As with many other types of businesses, the publisher's community is also specialised. Don't keep a lawyer for your publisher who is your well-meaning brother-in-law or husband, your lawyer for the whole of your household, someone who works for a soccer player or who works in the field of property solicitation.
Appoint a lawyer whose normal work experience concentrates on, or involves, the representation of authors in the field of publication. Where do I know if I need a literary lawyer? When you have a deal to make in the publishers' community (usually with a publishers; sometimes with another type of medium that acquires ancillary or derived interests in your work), it is advisable to seek advice from a lawyer and bargain on your behalf. However, it is advisable to make sure that you have the right to do so.
As a rule, these are commercial agreements that bind you and your work for many years. If you do not know exactly what the agreement says, fully appreciate its juridical and tax implications and are able to negotiate better conditions for yourself, you are well advised to hire a literary lawyer. If you have a literary lawyer, you may also need one if you have a juridical issue that arises from your work.
Such as: if you are charged with infringing copyrights; if your own copyrights have been infringed (e.g. by plagiarism or piracy); if a publishing house has infringed the conditions of its agreement with you, or if a publishing house claims that you have infringed these conditions; if you and a Frahlingur have a serious disagreement that you cannot solve; if you want to make a will that will include the disposal of your literary property; and so on.
Can' a frahling do that? Well for one thing, you don't want your representative consulting you on any arrangement he may ask you to subscribe with him or his agent; that's a clear conflicting interest. There are also a disheartening number of literary agencys that contain outrageous terms in their contracts, and you don't want to find a year or two later that you really should have seen the small print before you signed it.
Therefore, I would always advise you to hire a lawyer before you sign any kind of contract with an agent/agency. During the negotiation of publisher and publisher contract, a lawyer has many years of special training and experience in the areas of contract, law, contract law and contract negotiation. Unless your operative is also a lawyer, none of this applies to a literary operative.
A lot of agencies are not able to negotiate juridical documentation and do not fully grasp the complicated and obligatory terms that they advise their customers to subscribe to with large enterprises. Again, the firms you are dealing with have law firms that advise them, so how does it make any sense that you don't have a lawyer to advise you?
After all, a frahling is not competent to give you advice on your statutory issues, although he may have an idea. If your company has a juridical issue, you need a lawyer to help you, not someone without any juridical qualification. So, I should have a literary lawyer and an operative?
I only have one lawyer, and (after being a customer of four different agents) I do not recommend working with them. How does a literary lawyer generally work? An attorney works on the base of hours and not on a fee on your income (a fee is the way an attorney works).
They will be charged for each period that the lawyer works on your account and the invoice you received should break down how the period was used. Your lawyer should check with you in order to determine the amount of his remuneration in advanced and you can be asked to prepay a charge (e.g. one hours billing time) at the beginning of the club.
Invoiceable hours are usually split in appropriate steps (e.g. 10 or 15 minutes), so you pay for a few moments instead of a whole lesson, for example when you and your lawyer are exchanging a few fast notifications. It is also advisable to consult your lawyer about your finances.
When working with restricted resources and need to plan the lawyer's hours, make it clear. As soon as you have your own well-negotiated boiler plate in a publisher, your future dealings in this company will usually be much faster and faster (since you will usually start from the contractual conditions you last reached agreement on), and thus your attorney's fee for these future dealings in the same company will be much lower.
Where do I select a literary lawyer? Anyone on my lawyer's register can be considered my recommendation. These are not a lists of every serious literary lawyer out there; these are lists of attorneys I know in person or by their reputations (i.e. they have worked with authors I know).
If you are pleased with the services, you should contact your lawyer; if you are not pleased, go to another lawyer after your invoice has been settled. Keeping (and dropping) a lawyer is much easier than employing or dismissing an attorney, as it is a much easier and clearer way of doing deal.
Yet to find a lawyer with whom you are generally fortunate and decide to use over a period of elapsed is a good screenplay, as that lawyer then becomes acquainted with your commercial expenses, with your way of doing and with the various actors in your commercial relationships.