Cover Your Legal Bases Cottage Grove MN

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.

Craig William Baumann
(651) 738-0001
539 Bielenberg Dr #200
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Business, Elder Law, Real Estate, Probate
State Licensing
Minnesota

Elizabeth M Melton
6221 Tahoe Pl
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Business, Employment, Domestic Violence
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
State Licensing
Minnesota

Murad Mowaffak Mohammad
(651) 264-3080
539 BIELENBERG DR STE 200
WOODBURY, MN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Litigation, Criminal Defense
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Michael Essien
7060 Valley Creek Plaza #115
St Paul, MN
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Corporate
Education
William Mitchell College of Law
State Licensing
Minnesota

Michael Brian Taylor
858 Spring Hill Dr
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Business, Employment, Family, Real Estate, Wills
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Morehouse College
State Licensing
Minnesota

Kevin Kenneth Shoeberg
(651) 735-9340
1805 WOODLANE DR
WOODBURY, MN
Specialties
Family, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Litigation
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,Southwest State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Jennifer Leigh Mortel
(651) 288-2844
7616 CURRELL BLVD STE 200
WOODBURY, MN
Specialties
Business, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
Education
William Mitchell College of Law,University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
State Licensing
Minnesota, Wisconsin

Paul E Overson
539 Bielenberg Dr Ste 200
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Business, Debt Collection, Family, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
Education
Hamline University School of Law,Minnesota State University, Mankato
State Licensing
Minnesota

Brian David Chmielewski
(866) 446-6529
2655 Mallard Dr
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Chapter 7, Business, Civil Rights, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Divorce
State Licensing
Minnesota

Jasper Daniel Berg
(866) 552-7737
Po Box 25253
Woodbury, MN
Specialties
Military Law, Business, Contracts, Estate Planning, Employee Benefits
Education
Hamline University School of Law,Community College of the Air Force,University of Minnesota
State Licensing
Minnesota

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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