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Re: [steering-discuss] contracting a lawyer for the foundation's set-up process


Hi :)
I thought that was the purpose of the fund-raising that was a huge success.  
Proper accountants would have wrapped-up all these extra costs into the amount 
originally asked for.  I kept quiet at the time because we were uncertain about 
whether that much could be raised.  Hindsight is great like that.  


The money is there for these extra costs and this is exactly what it was raised 
for.  Skimping on these costs could end up costing TDF a LOT more if not done 
well enough first time.  I thnk it's also worth looking around for better 
qualified lawyers with more experience in this area of law rather than just 
going for the ones with the cheapest quote.  


Regards from
Tom :)




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From: Florian Effenberger <floeff@documentfoundation.org>
To: steering-discuss@documentfoundation.org
Sent: Fri, 12 August, 2011 16:34:21
Subject: [steering-discuss] contracting a lawyer for the foundation's set-up 
process

Hello,

as many of you know, we're right before filing the application for legally 
setting up the Foundation.

For the process of filing, it is highly advisable to have a lawyer assisting us 
and acting as official point of contact. Not only will some legal topics come 
up, but also being represented by a lawyer greatly helps in being perceived as 
serious entity by the authorities.

Among the lawyer's tasks there will be the communication with the authorities, 
acting on legal questions, and preparing the filing documents in a way they fit 
the legal requirements. Unfortunately, German law makes it very complicated for 
lawyers to act pro bono on these kinds of things (which is different to e.g. the 
US), so we plan to officially contract a lawyer to assist us.

In order to have legal advice for the process, which might take a few weeks, I'd 
like to ask the steering committee to approve a sum of 3.000,- € in total. This 
is the sum one of our preferred lawyers has mentioned to us, and given that 
several hours of work for professional services have to be invested, I consider 
that amount very well spent.

Depending on the lawyer and the services used, hourly rates of about 50-150 € 
are fairly normal in Germany, and I expect the process to take a few hours of 
time to be completed, especially given the "speciality" with the membership we 
have come up with.

Thoughts welcome.

Florian

-- Florian Effenberger <floeff@documentfoundation.org>
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