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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.

Peter George Mallers II
(260) 426-9706
110 W. Berry St, Suite 1100
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Wabash College
State Licensing
Indiana

Jack W Lawson
(260) 425-1624
200 East Main Street, Suite 800
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Health Care, Environmental
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Valparaiso University
State Licensing
Indiana

Robert Edward Rhee
(260) 426-9706
110 W. Berry St, Suite 1100
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Tax, Business
Education
Eastern New Mexico University,Eastern New Mexico University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Robert L. Nicholson
(260) 425-1612
1712 Hawthorne Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Bankruptcy, Tax
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Indiana, Texas

Mark Edward Witmer
(260) 425-1682
200 E MAIN ST STE 800
FORT WAYNE, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business
Education
Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington,Indiana University
State Licensing
Indiana

Elizabeth Leona Neville
(260) 420-4055
110 W. Berry Street, Suite 1900
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Business, Real Estate
Education
Michigan State College of Law,Northern Michigan University
State Licensing
Indiana, Michigan

John R. Burns III
(260) 460-1630
111 E. Wayne Street, #800
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Business, Chapter 11, Litigation
Education
University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Ohio

Joshua Alexander Burkhardt
(260) 426-9706
110 W. Berry St, Suite 1100
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Litigation
Education
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law,Northern Kentucky University
State Licensing
Indiana

James Koday
(260) 424-0566
110 W Berry St Ste 2006
Fort Wayne, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Trusts, Contracts, Business, Mediation
Education
Indiana University School Of Law-Bloomington
State Licensing
Florida, Indiana

Stephen John Shumlas
(260) 426-1300
200 E MAIN ST STE 1000
FORT WAYNE, IN
Specialties
Corporate, Real Estate, Bankruptcy
Education
Michigan State University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

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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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