by Tom Makeig, a lawyer who serves entrepreneurs

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Thomas H. Makeig, with offices in Fairfield, Iowa, is a 1981 alumnus of New York University School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law in Iowa and New York. This blog does not offer legal advice, which requires confidential personal communication with a lawyer. NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: The determination of the need for legal services and the choice of a lawyer are extremely important decisions and should not be based solely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise. This disclosure is required by rule of the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Don't fence me in!

The entrepreneur is creative and expansive: an outside-the-box, visionary, don’t-fence-me-in personality. If you wanted or were able to conform, you'd get a job.

A lawyer, perhaps by temperament and certainly by training, is a strategist and tactician and his form of warfare is conventional. A lawyer's greatest joy is to take an entrepreneur's unprecedented idea and give it a mundane structure that will conform smoothly to legal requirements and not break new legal ground. The lawyer is all about putting the expansiveness into boundaries.

All this can feel like a drag on your progress, but remember, your lawyer is not an agent of the Borg, relentlessly assimilating you into the Collective.  Your lawyer is protecting you from the Borg.

It may seem that your lawyer is trying to bring this great force of nature, your imagination, to heel when in fact he’s trying to set you free. Both contributions are needed for a business to succeed.
Thanks to Cathy Orpet for contributing this insight.

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