Cover Your Legal Bases Allen TX

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.

Robert B. Roach
(214) 995-1660
1420 Mcdermott Road, Suite 934
Allen, TX
Specialties
Family, Real Estate, General Practice, Business
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Stephen Wayne Shellenberger
(972) 726-6147
2031 Greenfield Ln
Allen, TX
Specialties
Business, Fraud, Probate, Family, Litigation
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

Billy J. Robinson
(972) 747-0388
1333 W Mcdermott Suite 200, The Atrium
Allen, TX
Specialties
Business, Social Security, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Lynda Taffora Roundtree
(972) 727-2600
1546 E. Stacy Road, Suite 140
Allen, TX
Specialties
Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
John Marshall Law School Atlanta
State Licensing
Texas

Randy Ford Taub
(972) 678-2950
1004 Crystal Springs Drive
Allen, TX
Specialties
Debt Collection, Business, Family, Real Estate
Education
Emory University
State Licensing
Texas

Tanja Karin Martini
(972) 849-4048
Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, 507 Prestige Circle
Allen, TX
Specialties
Commercial, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse
Education
Southern Methodist University,University of Texas System, Austin
State Licensing
Nevada, Texas

Mark Richardson Bell
(972) 881-1405
4902 Old Gate Ln
Parker, TX
Specialties
Tax, Business, Social Security
Education
Indiana University School of L
State Licensing
Texas

Kristin Elizabeth Thorness Gilda
(469) 675-9920
500 W Bethany Dr, Ste 200
Allen, TX
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business
Education
American University
State Licensing
Texas

Jack Michael Kozak
(972) 250-4900
1002 Timbercreek Dr
Allen, TX
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
State Licensing
Washington

Twana Wynette Allen
(214) 855-7861
Po Box 362
Allen, TX
Specialties
Business, Family, Litigation
Education
Oklahoma City University
State Licensing
Texas

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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