Cover Your Legal Bases Byhalia MS

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.

Robert R. Ross
(901) 434-8369
3620 Hacks Cross Rd, Bldg B--2nd Floor
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Arkansas: Fayet
State Licensing
Texas

Mitzi Conar Johnson
185 North Main Street, Suite 102
Collierville, TN
Specialties
Family, Criminal Defense, Corporate, Debt Collection, Probate
Education
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga,Memphis State University School of Law
State Licensing
Arkansas, Tennessee

Kevin Glenn Patterson
(901) 853-0921
380 NEW BYHALIA RD
COLLIERVILLE, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Workers Compensation, Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Memphis,University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

William Jeffery McGoff
(901) 680-7332
6075 POPLAR AVE STE 500
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin Co
State Licensing
Tennessee

Adam Carroll Ferguson
5521 Murray Ave
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Family, Litigation, Business
Education
University of Mississippi School of Law,University of Mississippi
State Licensing
Mississippi, Tennessee

Lisa Ann Schiffman
(901) 434-8584
Fedex Express, Btg - Legal, 3620 Hacks Cross Road, Bldg. B, 3rd Fl.
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

William Leo Hagan III
(901) 853-0921
380 NEW BYHALIA RD
COLLIERVILLE, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Employment, Business, Family
Education
University of Memphis,University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

Craig P. B. Raysor
(901) 854-9704
1163 Halle Park Cir.
Collierville, TN
Specialties
Agriculture, Commercial, Life Science & Biotech, Administrative Law, Government
Education
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law,University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Lefl
State Licensing
Tennessee

Robert Louis Dinkelspiel
(901) 260-5125
6000 POPLAR AVE STE 400
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,Vanderbilt University ,Vanderbilt Universi
State Licensing
Tennessee

Steve R. Graber
(901) 761-1263
6060 POPLAR AVE STE 140
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Corporate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
John Hopkins University,New York University,University of Memphis
State Licensing
New York

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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