Cover Your Legal Bases Brandon FL

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.

Jeffrey Arthur Dowd
(813) 655-9193
609 W LUMSDEN RD
BRANDON, FL
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
Education
University of Akron School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

O Reginald Osenton
(813) 654-5777
500 Lithia Pinecrest Rd.
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Bankruptcy, Probate, Real Estate
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,West Virginia University
State Licensing
DC, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia

Nicholas Panagiotis Kapiotis
(941) 954-4691
1803 Chapel Tree Cir Apt J
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Commercial, Arbitration, Litigation
State Licensing
Florida

Paul Lawrence Kutcher
(813) 654-7285
Po Box 4228
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Foreclosure, Landlord & Tenant, Mediation, Litigation, Business, Estate Planning, Car Accident, Probate, Real Estate, Appeals
Education
Michigan State University College of Law
State Licensing
Florida, Pennsylvania

Daniel Fredrick Pilka
(863) 687-0780
Po Box 3470
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Business, Family, Real Estate
Education
Stetson University College of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Betty Elaine Jones
(813) 681-8383
914 LITHIA PINECREST RD
BRANDON, FL
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Family, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
Stetson University College of Law,University of South Florida
State Licensing
Florida

Jennifer Aycock Bonifield
(813) 951-5132
1025 PROFESSIONAL PARK DR
BRANDON, FL
Specialties
Land Use & Zoning, Civil Rights, Commercial, Litigation, Real Estate
Education
Tulane University Law School,University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Florida

Judith Schutzbach Lambert
(813) 571-5873
4708 Ridgecliff Dr
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Business, Tax Fraud, Estate Planning
Education
South Texas COL,Univ of Alabama
State Licensing
California, Florida

Eric John Olson
(863) 687-0780
Po Box 3470
Brandon, FL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
St. Thomas University School of Law
State Licensing
Florida

Jason W. Power, Esquire
(813) 625-9590
Post Office Box 591
Mango, FL
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business Law
Secondary Specialties
Partnerships, Corporations, Joint Ventures, Literary Arts, Contract Drafting & Review, Franchising, Buying & Selling, Liquor Licenses, Employment Contracts, Defense Contracts, Media Arts, Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Corporations, Internet, Closely Held Businesses, Trade Secrets, Breach of Contract, False Advertising, Film, Communication & Media, Tourism, Travel, & Leisure, Music, Domain Names, Sports, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Television, Mechanics' Liens, Antitrust Law, Trademarks, Art
Education
Bachelors of Arts, University of South Florida, 2004
State Licensing
Florida

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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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