Cover Your Legal Bases Columbus OH

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.

Alexander Henry Hastie
(614) 488-2800
1441 King Ave., Suite 101
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Business
Education
Cleveland State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Linda R. Minck
(614) 227-2158
41 S HIGH ST THE HUNTINGTON CENTER
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Employment
Education
Capital University Law School,Franklin University
State Licensing
Florida

Lisa Pierce Reisz
52 E GAY ST
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Commercial, Litigation, Construction, Criminal Defense
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law,Harvard University
State Licensing
Ohio

Brian Todd Johnson
(614) 628-0845
366 E BROAD ST
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Appeals, Commercial
Education
Notre Dame Law School,Notre Dame Law School,Wheaton College, Wheaton IL
State Licensing
Ohio

Christina Marie Lyons
(614) 464-6271
52 E GAY ST
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Business, Commercial
Education
Capital University,Ohio State University, Columbus
State Licensing
Ohio

Megan Kathleen Roberts
88 E BROAD ST SOCIETY BANK BLDG
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Commercial
Education
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,Baldwin-Wallace College
State Licensing
Ohio

Daniel James Hunter
(614) 221-8500
17 South High Street, Suite 1220
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Insurance, Commercial
Education
Ohio State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Alan Gary Starkoff
(614) 462-2700
Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Lpa, 250 West St
Columbus, OH
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Employment
Education
Cleveland State University,Ohio State University, Columbus
State Licensing
Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Kevin Michael Kinross
(614) 227-8824
100 S 3RD ST
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Banking, Financial Markets And Services, Insurance
Education
Capital University Law School,Indiana University
State Licensing
Ohio

Michael Patrick Mahoney
10 W BROAD ST ONE COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Employee Benefits, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Business
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
State Licensing
Ohio

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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