Cover Your Legal Bases Chelmsford MA

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.

John K Leslie
(978) 934-9100
3 COURTHOUSE LN UNIT 4
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Family, Personal Injury, Corporate, Probate, Wills, Lawsuits & Disputes, Real Estate
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Wayne Robert Pastel
(978) 453-9455
8 COURTHOUSE LN
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
Boston University School of Law,Franklin Pierce Law Center,City University of New York, Queens Colle
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Julie McNeill
(978) 250-8877
THE FISKE HOUSE AT CENTRAL SQUARE 1 BILLERICA RD
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning, State, Local And Municipal Law, Contracts
Education
Massachusetts School of Law at Andover,Suffolk University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Dennis E McHugh
(978) 256-3330
2 CHELMSFORD ST
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Elder Law
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Stephen J. Rodman
(978) 256-6080
10 NORTH RD
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business, Corporate, Estate Planning
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Wake Forest University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Alan G Lampert
(978) 256-6080
10 NORTH RD
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Employment, Environmental, Personal Injury
Education
Boston College Law School,Tufts University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Douglas C Deschenes
(978) 250-8877
THE FISKE HOUSE AT CENTRAL SQUARE 1 BILLERICA RD
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Real Estate
Education
Northeastern University School of Law,University of Maine, Orono,New Hampshire College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Francis J Caruso III
(978) 256-6041
1 OLDE NORTH RD STE 103
CHELMSFORD, MA
Specialties
Business, Insurance, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Neal M Lerer
(978) 244-1114
Neal M. Lerer
Chelmsford, MA
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Wills
Education
Duke Univ School of Law,Brown University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Maureen Kelleher
(978) 459-8359
16 PINE ST STE 2
LOWELL, MA
Specialties
Business, Employment, Criminal Defense, Divorce
Education
Franklin Pierce School of Law
State Licensing
Massachusetts

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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