Cover Your Legal Bases Bloomfield Hills MI

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.

Dianna Lynn Caywood
40950 WOODWARD AVE STE 120
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Employment, Family, Business, Ethics
Education
State University of New York at Buffalo,Rutgers University
State Licensing
Michigan

Thomas B. Radom
(248) 258-1413
41000 Woodward Ave, Stoneridge West
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Chapter 11, Business, Commercial
State Licensing
Michigan

L. James Wilson
100 W LONG LAKE RD STE 100
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
University of Michigan Law School,Yale University
State Licensing
Michigan

Linda S. Mayer
39533 WOODWARD AVE STE 210
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, State, Local And Municipal Law, Telecommunications, Land Use & Zoning
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law,Central Michigan University
State Licensing
Michigan

Sidney W. Smith Jr.
39533 WOODWARD AVE STE 200
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Duke University School of Law,Duke University
State Licensing
Michigan

William L. Rosin
39533 WOODWARD AVE STE 200
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Wayne State University Law School,James Madison College of Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

David J. Wellman
40701 WOODWARD AVE STE 50
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Central Michigan University,Detroit College of Law
State Licensing
Michigan

Jerrold M. Bigelman
40950 WOODWARD AVE STE 350
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Tax, Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, Business, Real Estate
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Georgetown Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Lawrence S. Jackier
121 W LONG LAKE RD
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Entertainment, Corporate
Education
Yale University Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Kenneth K. Afton
(248) 745-8555
43902 Woodward Ave Ste 104
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Specialties
Partnership, Elder Law, Guardianship, Corporate, Tax, Probate, Real Estate, LLC, Trusts
State Licensing
Michigan

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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