Cover Your Legal Bases Cheboygan 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.

Julius H. Giarmarco
(248) 457-7200
101 W BIG BEAVER RD
TROY, MI
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Tax, Wills
Education
New York University,Wayne State University,Wayne State University
State Licensing
Michigan

William Mccandless
70 MACOMB PL STE 200
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Commercial
Education
Wayne State University,Wayne State University,Wayne State University
State Licensing
Florida, Michigan

Christine D. Anderson
19500 HALL RD STE 101
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI
Specialties
State, Local And Municipal Law, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning, Commercial
State Licensing
Michigan

Stephen M. Gross
(248) 646-5070
39533 WOODWARD AVE STE 318
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business
Education
Wayne State University Law School,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Stephen C. Borgsdorf
(734) 214-7663
2723 S State St Ste 400
Ann Arbor, MI
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Contracts, Class Action, Investment Fraud
Education
U Of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Michigan, Wisconsin

Todd C. Schebor
(313) 568-6672
400 RENAISSANCE CTR LBBY
DETROIT, MI
Specialties
Environmental, Commercial, Litigation
Education
Lewis & Clark Northwestern Law School,Case Western Reserve University,University of Michigan, Ann Ar
State Licensing
Michigan

William G Oldford Jr.
(810) 985-8171
901 HURON AVE
PORT HURON, MI
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Insurance, Elder Law, Probate
Education
California Western School of Law,Wayne State University Law School,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
State Licensing
California, Illinois, Michigan

Patrick F. Hickey
400 RENAISSANCE CTR LBBY
DETROIT, MI
Specialties
Employment, Litigation, Commercial, Arbitration, Mediation
Education
Eastern Michigan University,University of Detroit
State Licensing
Michigan

Kevin L. Mackey
400 E HOUGHTON AVE
HOUGHTON, MI
Specialties
Business, Education, State, Local And Municipal Law, Health Care
State Licensing
Michigan

Martin H. Audet
3001 W BIG BEAVER RD STE 704
TROY, MI
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Tax, Intellectual Property, Environmental
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,Albion College,Boston University,Boston University
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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