5 Services You can Offer International Clients as a Lawyer in Nigeria
The increasing internet penetration around the world has made the world more open in time and space. 20 years ago, it was difficult to imagine that you could fully coordinate a cross-border partnership on behalf of your client, but today, you can also go as far as initiating smart contracts using block-chain technology.
Today, a teacher in Nigeria can create videos teaching Mathematics, post those videos online and get people to pay for each lesson from anywhere in the world. Many Programmers in Nigeria are actively working with companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft (as remote staff) from the crevices of Yaba, Lagos. Artists are also creating designs and other creative work for Ad agencies across Europe. The list is endless as technology continues to radically penetrate industries across the world.
So, how can you join in on this wave as a Lawyer? Well, we have listed a few services you can offer, and how to go about offering them below:
- Trademark and Provisional Application for Patent: There are many companies or entrepreneurs hoping to open shop in other countries, or at least extend some of their services there and need the help of a Lawyer to guide them through the legal requirements of the process. Services like Trademark and Patent Application are therefore important to these class of people, particularly those who must retain their brand identity.
So you can become the plug for persons looking at the Nigerian or other African markets.
- Legal Research: One of the privileges you have is domain expertise; you most likely know your geographical and neighbouring domain more than anyone outside it. So you can offer some help to persons or organizations seeking some knowledge of that domain. Expanding businesses, Diplomats, Expatriates and Immigrants can use your knowledge and pay you further to get them more information.
- Investigation, liaison and Accountability Service: Have you thought about providing legal services to the Nigerian diaspora? Many Nigerian immigrants in various European and American countries send money home all the time for one project or the other to be fulfilled on their behalf. Unfortunately, there have been too many cases of fraud and mismanagement within this traditional process. So what if you position yourself to be the accountability officer in the mix? You will not only help monitor their project, but you will also ensure that all legal requirements are fulfilled to the letter.
- Franchise Agreement: For brands hoping to extend to and from Nigeria, you can easily be the legal practitioner that facilitates the agreement and compliance process.
Other services you can offer include:
- Articles of Incorporation
- Operating Agreements
- Partnership Agreements
- Contract Drafting
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Shareholder Agreements
- Purchase and Sales Business Agreements and Leases
- Employment and Independent Contractor Agreements
- Letters of Intent
- Supplier Agreements
- Non-competition and Commercial Agreements
- Disclaimers and Releases
- Representation Contracts
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