Cover Your Legal Bases Ashland KY

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 Kenneth Mccown
(740) 532-8744
311 Park Avenue
Ironton, OH
Specialties
Criminal Defense, DUI, Business, Litigation, Divorce, Real Estate, Chapter 7, Personal Injury
Education
Georgetown University,Miami University of Ohio
State Licensing
Ohio

Catherine C. Hughes
(606) 329-1919
1505 Carter Avenue, Suite 200, P.O. Box 2008
Ashland, KY
 
Rhonda M. Copley
(606) 324-9607
1527 Carter Avenue, P.O. Box 477
Ashland, KY
 
Daniel T. Yon
(304) 697-4700
401 Tenth Street, Suite 500, P.O. Box 1926
Huntington, WV
 
Steven R. Bartram
(304) 523-5400
Suite 700, River Tower, 1108 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 2488
Huntington, WV
 
Anna Holmes Ruth
(606) 325-7179
1620 Carter Avenue, P.O. Box 185
Ashland, KY
 
Janet Smith Holbrook
(606) 329-8771
1422 Winchester Avenue, P.O. Box 770
Ashland, KY
 
Wesley F. Agee
(304) 523-2100
401 Eleventh Street, 1100 Coal Exchange Building, P.O. Box 2688
Huntington, WV
 
M. Edward Cunningham II
(304) 529-6181
611 Third Avenue, P.O. Box 2185
Huntington, WV
 
W. Jeffrey Scott
(606) 474-5194
311 West Main Street
Grayson, KY
 

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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