Cover Your Legal Bases Bellingham WA

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.

Eugene Ronald Moses
(360) 676-7428
Suite 220, 2200 Rimland Drive
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Personal Injury, Car Accident, Contracts, LLC, International Law
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law,Western Washington University
State Licensing
Washington

Eugene Ronald Moses
(360) 676-7428
Suite 220, 2200 Rimland Drive
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Personal Injury, Car Accident, Contracts, LLC, International Law
Education
Gonzaga University School of Law
Western Washington University
State Licensing
Washington

David Carl Cottingham
BELLINGHAM NATIONAL BANK BUILDING 103 E HOLLY ST STE 418
BELLINGHAM, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Partnership, Corporate, Insurance
Education
University of Puget Sound School of Law,University of Washington -Seattle
State Licensing
Washington

Jeffery James Solomon
(360) 734-6390
900 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation, Contracts
Education
University of Nebraska College of Law,University of Washington -Seattle
State Licensing
Washington

Simon Paul Brownlie
230 E Champion St
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Corporate, International Law
State Licensing
Washington

Cynthia Lee Pope
(360) 739-6364
1905 35th St
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Business, Land Use & Zoning
State Licensing
Washington

Alfred G. Moss
(206) 914-5696
Po Box 32252
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Contracts, Corporate
State Licensing
Washington

Steven Victor Nelson
(925) 560-6500
Ste 104 Pmb 344, 1050 Larrabee Ave
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
UC Berkeley SOL Boalt Hall,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

Halfred Martin Hofherr
(360) 756-1506
2509 CEDARWOOD AVE STE 4
BELLINGHAM, WA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
Education
Santa Clara Univ SOL,Univ of Southern Calif
State Licensing
California, Washington

Rolf G. Beckhusen Jr
(360) 671-6900
2014 Iron St
Bellingham, WA
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Business, Contracts, Corporate, Estate Planning, General Practice, Government, Real Estate
State Licensing
Washington

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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