Cover Your Legal Bases Bangor ME

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.

Allison Carrier Lucy
(207) 947-0111
PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings
Education
University of Maine School of Law,University of Vermont
State Licensing
Maine

Thomas M. Brown
(207) 947-0111
PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Corporate, Bankruptcy, Litigation
Education
Boston University School of Law,Bates College
State Licensing
Maine

Daniel G. McKay
(207) 947-0111
PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Securities Offerings, Health Care
Education
Boston University School of Law,Princeton University
State Licensing
Maine

Joseph M. Pickering
-79474
293 State Street
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Litigation, Real Estate, Business, Family, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Maine School of Law,McGill University
State Licensing
Maine

Nathan J. Martell
(207) 947-0111
PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Corporate, Bankruptcy, Business
Education
University of Maine School of Law,St Joseph's College
State Licensing
Maine

Michael B. Trainor
(207) 947-0111
PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Corporate, Securities Offerings
Education
Boston University School of Law,University of Maine School of Law,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Maine

Jeffrey W. Spaulding
(207) 947-0111
80 Exchange Street, PO Box 1210
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Securities Offerings
Education
New England School of Law,Gordon College
State Licensing
Maine

Edward C. Spaight
(207) 947-6915
PO Box 919, 23 Water St.
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Family, Business
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Siena College
State Licensing
Maine

Thomas E. Needham
(207) 947-6915
PO Box 919, 23 Water St.
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning
Education
Boston University School of Law,Bowdoin College
State Licensing
Maine

Michael B. Trainor
(207) 947-0111
Fleet Center-Exchange Street, P.O. Box 1210
Bangor, ME
 

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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