Cover Your Legal Bases Birmingham AL

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.

Bryan Glen Hale
(205) 868-6000
P O Box 598512
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Litigation, Banking, Commercial
Education
Samford University
State Licensing
Texas

Howard Ward Neiswender
(205) 226-8773
Balch & Bingham LLP, 1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Tax
State Licensing
Alabama

Jim Pattillo
(205) 328-6643
Financial Center - Suite 1600, 505 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Medical Malpractice, Insurance, Transportation, Commercial
State Licensing
Alabama

Denise Williamson Killebrew
(205) 250-8320
Suite 1600, 420 Twentieth Street N
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Business
State Licensing
Virginia

Jonathan Robert Geisen
(205) 244-3820
1600 Wachovia Tower, 420 Twentieth Street North
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Equipment Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Contracts, Corporate
Education
University of Alabama School of Law
Birmingham-Southern College
State Licensing
Alabama, Georgia

Brad Howell
(205) 352-9764
505 20th Street North, Suite 130-C
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Criminal Defense, DUI, Business, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Alabama

Jim Pattillo
(205) 328-6643
Financial Center - Suite 1600, 505 20th Street North
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Medical Malpractice, Insurance, Transportation, Commercial
State Licensing
Alabama

Jeremy Lowery Retherford
(205) 226-3479
1901 6th Ave N Ste 1500
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Landlord & Tenant, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
UNIV MS
State Licensing
Tennessee

Russell McWhorter Cunningham IV
(205) 328-9445
The Steiner Building, Suite 305, 15 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Corporate, Tax, Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
New York University School of Law
University of Alabama School of Law
Auburn University
Auburn
Vand
State Licensing
Alabama

Brad Howell
(205) 352-9764
505 20th Street North, Suite 130-C
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Criminal Defense, DUI, Business, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Alabama

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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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