There is never a more crucial time in an athlete’s career than when they start out. Getting the right advice at the start of your career can make all the difference.
Although it may be tempting to pass on legal consultation, it pays to think long term. Establishing a good working relationship in the early years can both protect you legally, and ensure you receive the right advice at the right time.
COVERING THE BASICS
When you’re starting out you may be grateful for any endorsements or contracts that come your way. Not seeking legal advice here can lock you into a very one-sided deal. The kind that benefits somebody else whilst you do all the hard work.
Things to consider using a lawyer for when starting out:
- General advice on the industry
- Agent services
- Contract negotiations (partly covered with agent services)
- Sponsorship deals
Making sure you receive good legal advice here will prevent unscrupulous organisations from taking advantage. It will also ensure that you get the very best deal possible. Just because you’re starting out does not mean you need to take what is offered, and be thankful for it.
PROTECTING YOU AS A PERSON AND A BRAND
Although this may not be in the forefront of your mind to begin with, eventually people are going to start taking notice of you. Especially if you become successful in your chosen sport.
You need to make sure that you know your rights, and what people can and cannot do when it comes to the following:
- Privacy rights
- Image rights
Although both are connected, a good lawyer can ensure that you have the right contract to prevent a violation of your image, or an invasion to your privacy. Though the use of your image can be a positive thing for your profile, it can also be damaging.
A lawyer can make sure you know what can and cannot be done. If you need to take legal action then you already have a working relationship with a lawyer. They can then take the required steps to protect you and your privacy.