Cover Your Legal Bases Clarksville TN

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.

Jill Bartee Nolan
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Education, Probate
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,Belmont University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Michael William Dale
(931) 572-0700
107 N 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Tax, Business
Education
Boston University School of Law ,University of Mississippi School of Law ,Duke University ,Millsaps
State Licensing
Tennessee

Gary Francis Baumann
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning, Criminal Defense
Education
Drake University Law School ,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Tennessee

Richard Hughes Batson
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Defective & Dangerous Products, Employment, Media, Business, Health Care
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School ,Austin Peay State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Austin Peay VII
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
State Licensing
Tennessee

Daniel Mark Nolan
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Litigation, Civil Rights, Insurance, Business, Workers Compensation
Education
Mississippi College School of Law ,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
State Licensing
Tennessee

Carol Mathis Joiner
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Employment, Litigation, Probate, Estate Planning
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School ,Austin Peay State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Daniel Lynch Nolan Jr
(931) 647-7853
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Medical Malpractice, Business, Personal Injury, Mediation
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
State Licensing
Tennessee

Suzanne M Pearson
(931) 647-1501
121 S 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Mediation, Employment, Insurance
Education
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law ,Austin Peay State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Robert Mitchell Ross
(931) 572-0700
107 N 3RD ST
CLARKSVILLE, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Banking, Commercial
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,Austin Peay State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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