Cover Your Legal Bases Appleton WI

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.

Mark R. Feldmann
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Defective & Dangerous Products, Mediation
Education
Marquette University Law School ,University of Illinois
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Mary Taylor Lokensgard
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Business, Family, Estate Planning
Education
U Of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Jennifer T. Olson
(920) 257-2215
APPLETON 2401 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Corporate, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Construction
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School ,Northern Michigan University
State Licensing
Wisconsin

John J. Russo
(920) 257-2212
2401 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Estate Planning
Education
Marquette University Law School ,University of Wisconsin, Madison
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Kurt Karl Wanless
(920) 257-2210
2401 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Corporate, Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Employment
Education
University of Oregon School of Law ,University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Patrick James Coffey
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Business, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
William Mitchell College of Law ,Lawrence University
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Matthew P. Vosters
(920) 257-2205
2401 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Contracts, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
University of Wisconsin Law School ,Carthage College,University of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Mitchell J. Musial
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Banking, Business, Tax
Education
Creighton University School of Law ,Georgetown University Law Center,Mount St. Clare College
State Licensing
Nebraska, Wisconsin

Robert N. Duimstra
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Employment, Banking
Education
University of Wisconsin Law School ,Calvin College
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Joseph J. Beisenstein
(920) 731-6631
2501 E ENTERPRISE AVE
APPLETON, WI
Specialties
Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation, Personal Injury, Commercial
Education
Notre Dame Law School ,Loras College
State Licensing
Wisconsin

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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