Cover Your Legal Bases Agawam MA

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

Timothy Reynolds
(413) 789-1003
13 S BRIDGE DR
AGAWAM, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Corporate, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Justin Howard Dion
(413) 781-0560
33 STATE ST
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Family
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Southern Connecticut State University,Southern Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut, Massachusetts

Daniel Karpman
(413) 734-5700
135 STATE ST
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Family, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Criminal Defense
Education
Western New England College School of Law,City College of New York,New York University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

David A Shrair
(413) 735-8000
1380 MAIN ST
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Education, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
Boston University School of Law
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Gary L Fialky
(413) 781-0560
33 State Street
Springfield, MA
Specialties
Financial Markets And Services, Business, Corporate, Health Care
Education
Boston University School of Law,Suffolk University Law School,American International College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Michael R. Werman
(413) 789-1003
13 S BRIDGE DR
AGAWAM, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Corporate, Estate Planning
Education
Western New England College School of Law,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Michael D. Sweet
(413) 733-3111
ONE MONARCH PLACE, 1414 MAIN ST STE 1900
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Business
Education
Boston University School of Law,Brown University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Kathleen Leitao Bernardo
(413) 272-6295
1500 MAIN ST STE 2700
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Gregory A Schmidt
(413) 733-3111
ONE MONARCH PLACE, 1414 MAIN ST STE 1900
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Business, Banking, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Western New England College School of Law,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Luke Jeffrey Meehan
(413) 733-3111
ONE MONARCH PLACE, 1414 MAIN ST STE 1900
SPRINGFIELD, MA
Specialties
Business, Insurance, Personal Injury
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Bowdoin College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Cover Your Legal Bases

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Even if Just a Part-Time Business, it Makes Sense to Use a Legal “Professional”
By Jim R. Sapp

While you may be able to handle most of the issues that will arise in a new part-time business, you will want professional assistance for more complex legal issues. Even the smallest businesses need legal advice from the beginning. Don't wait until you have a legal problem to look for an attorney.

Selecting Process

Use a two-step approach to find a good attorney. First, carefully select a firm by getting personal references and then examining the firm’s web site. The web site can give you information on that particular firm’s areas of expertise and their specialty. Also contact state bar associations to check an attorney’s bar certification.

You don’t have the time or money to pay someone to learn about your specific industry, so find a professional who is servicing your business sector already. If your company is highly specialized, a business trade publication may list professionals who will understand your specific needs.

Second, when you have settled on one or two law firms, conduct a face-to-face interview with the candidates before you hire. Interview the specific individuals who will service your business and are close in proximity. Ask questions, such as where they went to school, what their expertise is, and if they have experience in your industry. Other good questions include:

• What is your hourly billing rate?
• How often do you increase your rate?
• Can I talk to one or two other small business people you work for?
• What types of work do you most enjoy?

Make your final selection carefully. It is expensive to switch law firms!

Issues An Attorney Can Help You With:
You should do as much for your part-time business as you can yourself; however, a lawyer should review the complex issues. To begin, write a list of exactly what you want the attorney to do for you.

Choosing a Business Structure
An attorney with small or home business expertise can assist you in selecting the structure for your business: a sole proprietorship; partnership; a corporation; or a limited liability company (LLC). An attorney can also help you complete the necessary forms to incorporate your business. Further, it’s important to have the name and address of an attorney for a loan document or any leases you need to have reviewed.

Safeguarding Intellectual Property
An attorney can also help you safeguard your intellectual property, and reserve your own Internet domain name, copyrights, trademarks, and patents. An attorney can also help you to avoid violating other companies’ copyrights, trademarks, or patents.

Conflict Mediation
An attorney can also help you mediate conflicts with consumers and with vendors before they become expensive litigation or before relationships with them are beyond repair. An attorney can also advise you on how to handle potential claims and avoid lawsuits.

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