Cover Your Legal Bases Bettendorf IA

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.

Richard Maxon Roller
(563) 355-8345
2414 - 18th Street
Bettendorf, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Wills, Business, Trusts, Probate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois, Iowa

Robert H Gallagher
(563) 388-8417
4301 East 53rd Street, Suite 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Banking, Business, Family, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Marie R. Rolling-Tarbox
(563) 388-8417
Suite 300 4301 E. 53rd St.
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Banking, Real Estate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois, Iowa

Robert J. Noe
(309) 797-0850
1630 5TH AVE
MOLINE, IL
Specialties
Corporate, Contracts, Commercial, Employment
Education
Notre Dame Law School,St Ambrose University
State Licensing
Illinois

Mark Daniel Churchill
(309) 762-3643
1610 5TH AVE
MOLINE, IL
Specialties
Banking, Litigation, Corporate, Commercial
Education
Butler University,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
State Licensing
Illinois

John S. Gosma
(563) 388-9240
American Bank Building
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Banking, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Melissa A. Hancock
(563) 359-7112
3170 E 53rd St # 200
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
U Of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin

Rynell Benckendorf
3097553400x112
455 Avenue of the Cities
East Moline, IL
Specialties
Corporate Counsel
Education
Undergraduate : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Law School : Northern Illinois University
Admitted To Bar : 2006
Professional Memberships
Peoria County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association (TIPS Animal Law Section member), Animal Legal Defense Fund Pro Bono Volunteer, American Humane Association, ASPCA, HSUS

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Dean Lloyd Sutton
(309) 755-5239
105 7th Street
Silvis, IL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Social Security, Business
State Licensing
Illinois

James Dallas Mowen
(309) 797-0850
1630 5TH AVE
MOLINE, IL
Specialties
Corporate, Contracts, Commercial, Employment, Bankruptcy
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Illinois

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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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