Agreed with Bob that it's not necessary to have a lawyer to get started. It is a good idea to have one at some point as you're faced with decisions that could make or break the business, but you're not there yet, and honestly you don't want to have someone yet who's so practical that it counteracts your creativity in coming up with the business in the first place.
You definitely do not need one to get a business entity started. The helpful and friendly people in your Secretary of State's office are all you need right now.
My only disagreement with Bob is in the need for a "fee-only" financial planner, but [full disclosure] I'm biased in that I used to be one and have found a better way. You do need a planner, just be careful to find one who really is thinking of your best interest.
My opinion is you do not need a lawyer for anything to start your business if you feel capable of creating your own form of LLC which is probably where you should start. This will allow you to insulate your personal assets from your business as long as the LLC is run independent of your personal assets. As far as any advice is concerned, I think a competent CPA or EA would be the place to start. In the alternative, seek out a fee-only financial advisor with expereince in dealing with small businesss. Thye can be found at www.napfa.org. Good luck
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