|Re: lawyer selection||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 09:18:05 -0600 (MDT)|
>The first question I have is about how important it is for the general = >group to be involved in the final stage of interviews with lawyers? [working through boilerplate for documents] Even with only 5 families (and definitely in larger groups), have a small delegation (2 maybe) meet with a lawyer. Her time (or his) is valuable, even if the initial discussion is free, and this is not a good time for group process. The delegate(s) who do the interviewing need criteria from the group. A list of questions, the same list to ask each interviewee. The task force then reports to the group, probably with a recommendation. >I feel that we should get a = >better feeling for how the lawyer will be working with a group, so = >should put him/her in that situation immediately and see how he/she = >handles it.=20 A lawyer isn't like an architect in this regard (and even an architect should only have to work with a whole group on select occasions). You learn what it is you need to process, then on your own time you discuss and decide, and then you tell the lawyer what you want to accomplish and she/he provides the legal language that accomplishes that. When we did our Bylaws and CC&Rs, we started by collecting documents from an assortment of similar organizations. One in particular was a pretty good match, so we re-worked it with our own goals in mind. It takes far less time for a professional to "proofread" a document than to elicit it in the first place. Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature) http://www.rosewind.org http://www.ptguide.com _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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