Cover Your Legal Bases Brighton CO

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.

W. Bradley Betterton-Fike
(303) 450-1665
11080 CIRCLE POINT RD STE 190
WESTMINSTER, CO
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Employment, Business
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
State Licensing
Colorado

Rhonda R Crawford
(303) 457-9170
8326 Quivas Way
Denver, CO
Specialties
Business, Litigation
State Licensing
Colorado

Stephen Wayne Donelson
(303) 457-1075
11080 CIRCLE POINT RD STE 190
WESTMINSTER, CO
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
University of Denver College of Law,University of Denver College of Law,University of Colorado - Bou
State Licensing
Colorado

Jane I Paddison
(303) 450-1665
11080 CIRCLE POINT RD STE 190
WESTMINSTER, CO
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Corporate, Tax
Education
Boston University School of Law,Franklin Pierce Law Center,University of Maine
State Licensing
Colorado

Robert W. Baker
(303) 469-9836
3233 W 11th Ave Drive
Broomfield, CO
Specialties
Lawsuits & Disputes, Business, Oil & Gas, Employment, Elder Law, Probate, Real Estate
State Licensing
Colorado, Texas

Daniel T Goodwin
(303) 451-0300
11080 CIRCLE POINT RD STE 190
WESTMINSTER, CO
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Corporate, Employment
Education
Creighton University School of Law,Crichton College
State Licensing
Colorado

Audrey K. Eglajs
(303) 469-7367
4 GARDEN CTR STE 200
BROOMFIELD, CO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Business, Trusts
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Notre Dame de Namur University
State Licensing
Colorado

John Lafayette Wright
(303) 469-7367
4 Garden Ctr, Suite 200
Broomfield, CO
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate, Tax, Commercial, Aviation
Education
SMU Dedman School of Law,University of Denver College of Law,Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
State Licensing
Colorado, Florida

Karina Maria Thomas
(303) 469-7367
4 GARDEN CTR STE 200
BROOMFIELD, CO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Wills, Trusts, Probate
Education
Albany Law School of Union University,Colgate University
State Licensing
Colorado

James Robert Figg
(303) 465-5995
750 BURBANK ST
BROOMFIELD, CO
Specialties
Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business, Domestic Violence
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,Western State College
State Licensing
Colorado

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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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