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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.

Phillip W. Jarrell
(228) 868-1111
P O Drawer W, 2909 13th St., 6th Floor
Gulfport, MS
Specialties
Business, Insurance, Administrative Law, Personal Injury, Construction, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
Education
University Of Mississippi
State Licensing
Texas

Waters , Cody W. - Watkins Ludlam Winter
(228) 864-3094
2510 14th Street, Suite 1010
Gulfport, MS

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Cox, Ricky J - Balch & Bingham
(228) 864-9900
1310 Twenty Fifth Avenue
Gulfport, MS

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Robert Coffman Richardson
(601) 856-7200
Po Box 6020
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Employment, Business, General Practice
Education
UNIV MISSISSIPPI
State Licensing
Tennessee

Robert M. Kisselburgh
(601) 936-4040
217 Draperton Drive, Suite 200
Ridgeland, MS
Specialties
Divorce, Car Accident, Brain Injury, Defective & Dangerous Products, Trucking Accident, Commercial
Education
Southern Methodist University,Northwestern Oklahoma State University
State Licensing
Mississippi, Texas

Wilder, H Rodger - Balch & Bingham
(228) 864-9900
1310 Twenty Fifth Avenue
Gulfport, MS

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Bailey, Ann - Balch & Bingham
(228) 864-9900
1310 Twenty Fifth Avenue
Gulfport, MS

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Charles A. Omage
(228) 214-0403
1310 Twenty Fifth Avenue
Gulfport, MS
Specialties
Real Estate, Construction, Commercial
Education
Hofstra University
State Licensing
Georgia

Daniel L Singletary
(601) 351-2467
Caldwell & Berkowitz Pc, 4268 I 55 North
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Environmental, Real Estate, Business
State Licensing
DC

Ashley Nicole Wicks
Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., P.O Box 427
Jackson, MS
Specialties
Tax, Business, Litigation
Education
Tulane University
State Licensing
Texas

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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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