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.

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

Ryan W. Barr
24901 NORTHWESTERN HWY HORIZON HERITAGE PLAZA
SOUTHFIELD, MI
Specialties
Litigation, Lawsuits & Disputes, Commercial, Business
State Licensing
Michigan

Matthew C. Rettig
4572 S HAGADORN RD STE 1A
EAST LANSING, MI
Specialties
Business, Tax, White Collar Crime, Litigation, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
Michigan State University College of Law,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Michigan

Anne E. Lawter
(313) 965-2907
1 Woodward Ave Ste 2400
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Michigan

Lee S. Fruman
(248) 207-7866
PO Box 250606
Franklin, MI
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Health Care, Commercial
Education
Wayne State University Law School
State Licensing
Florida, Michigan

Timothy J. Mullins
101 W BIG BEAVER RD
TROY, MI
Specialties
Personal Injury, Commercial, Discrimination, Education
Education
Wayne State University,Detroit College of Law
State Licensing
Michigan

Robert W. Appleford
30665 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 100
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI
Specialties
Commercial, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
University of Michigan Law School,Williams University
State Licensing
Michigan

Lawrence Wm Smith
721 S MICHIGAN AVE
SAGINAW, MI
Specialties
Workers Compensation, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate, Construction, Corporate
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,Michigan State University
State Licensing
Michigan

George Scott Romney
(313) 465-7522
660 Woodward Ave Ste 2290
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Business, Construction, Gaming
State Licensing
Michigan

Peter M. Keenan
5840 LORAC DR
CLARKSTON, MI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Criminal Defense, Divorce, Family
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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