Cover Your Legal Bases Branford CT

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.

Mark R Connell
(203) 488-5586
61 N MAIN ST STE A
BRANFORD, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Elder Law, Health Care, Business, Probate
Education
Quinnipiac University School of Law,University of Connecticut,University of Connecticut
State Licensing
Connecticut

Philip M Parks
(203) 488-8950
765 E MAIN ST
BRANFORD, CT
Specialties
Commercial, Residential, Landlord & Tenant, Estate Planning, Corporate
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Keene State College,London School of Economics
State Licensing
Connecticut, Massachusetts

Gary W Stegina
(203) 467-7337
8 FRONTAGE RD
EAST HAVEN, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Tax, Trusts, Corporate, Litigation
Education
Washington University School of Law,University of Chicago
State Licensing
Connecticut

Robert J Mauceri
(203) 467-7337
8 FRONTAGE RD
EAST HAVEN, CT
Specialties
Tax, Corporate, Probate, Employee Benefits
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,St John's University School of Law,Cornell University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Paul K Sullivan JR
(203) 453-1490
705 BOSTON POST ROAD PO BOX 327
GUILFORD, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Trusts
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Connecticut

Dawn M Pearson
(203) 488-8950
765 E MAIN ST
BRANFORD, CT
Specialties
Commercial, Residential, Landlord & Tenant, Estate Planning, Corporate
Education
Western New England College School of Law,Southern Connecticut State University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Alfred J Zullo
(203) 467-1411
83 MAIN ST
EAST HAVEN, CT
Specialties
Commercial, Residential, General Practice
Education
New England College School of Law,University of New Haven
State Licensing
Connecticut

Michael J Brandi
(203) 467-7337
8 FRONTAGE RD
EAST HAVEN, CT
Specialties
Business, Construction, Land Use & Zoning, State, Local And Municipal Law, Administrative Law
Education
University of Connecticut School of Law,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Connecticut

David E Rosenberg
(203) 404-7287
14 COMMERCE DR STE 1
NORTH BRANFORD, CT
Specialties
Real Estate, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Business, Litigation
Education
Quinnipiac University School of Law,McGill University
State Licensing
Connecticut

Cynthia J Griffith
(203) 453-1490
705 BOSTON POST ROAD PO BOX 327
GUILFORD, CT
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, Business
Education
University of Chicago Law School,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Connecticut

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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