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In order to produce and develop a game what kind of lawyer in required? Do most indy developers hire probate, entertainment, or some kind of other lawyer? What credentials do you look for? I would assume that previous experience in IP and contracting would be a plus, but then again I have never completed a commercial game or attended law school.

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Many indies don't consult a lawyer simply because they don't have the money (or aren't sensible enough to think they need a lawyer). Those who understand that they need one and have the money will select the best lawyer they can afford. Those with IP/Games Industry experience are the best but tend to be more expensive (I have a list of game industry lawyers at http://www.obscure.co.uk/directory-legal/).

It is also sensible to have a (cheaper) general commercial lawyer to handle office leases and other basic business related legal tasks.

[Edited by - Obscure on November 25, 2008 4:16:56 AM]

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How much does a run-of-the-mill IP attorney cost to retain? Is it $50 a month or $500 a month? I realize that the scale can probably vary drastically, but what, in your best opinion, is the median price?

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IP lawyers aren't run off the mill, which should give you some idea of the cost. First off you shouldn't need to pay a retainer, just an hourly fee for work done. However the hourly fee is likely to be high. You would need to check with a local lawyer to find out what they charge as rates for lawyers (even good IP lawyers) will vary depending on location.

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The range you stated would be more accurate if you think $50-500 per hour. to find experienced game attorneys try linkedin or the local bar website for attorney referral services.

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