Cover Your Legal Bases Defiance 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.

Ralph William Gallagher
216 S LYNN ST
BRYAN, OH
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate, Civil Rights, Motorcycle Accident
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,University of Toledo
State Licensing
Ohio

Karen Kampe Gallagher
216 S LYNN ST
BRYAN, OH
Specialties
Business, Family, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Juvenile
Education
Bowling Green State University,University of Toledo
State Licensing
Ohio

David Cupler Newcomer
117 W MAPLE ST
BRYAN, OH
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
Hastings College of the Law,Kalamazoo College
State Licensing
California, Ohio

Christopher Bowen Walker
(419) 636-5666
1210 W High St
Bryan, OH
Specialties
Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning, Business, General Practice
Education
University of Toledo College of Law,Ball State University
State Licensing
Michigan, Ohio

Matthew T Schaeffer
(614) 229-3289
10 W BROAD ST ONE COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS, OH
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Commercial
Education
Capital University Law School,Ohio State University, Columbus
State Licensing
Ohio

David Newcomer
(419) 636-3196
117 West Maple St.
Bryan, OH
Specialties
Wills, Trusts & Estates, Family Law, Divorce, Business Law
Secondary Specialties
Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Motor Vehicle Insurance, Long-Term Care, Property Taxes, Probate, Mechanics' Liens, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements, Adoptions, Collaborative Law, Employment Contracts, Property Insurance, Power of Attorney, Children's Rights, Shareholders' Rights, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Partnerships, Uniform Commercial Code, Directors' & Officers' Liability, Drafting Trusts
State Licensing
Ohio

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John Thomas Stelzer
216 S LYNN ST
BRYAN, OH
Specialties
Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Domestic Violence, Business, Probate
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Charles Crawford Butler
1210 W HIGH ST
BRYAN, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Debt Collection, Personal Injury, Trusts
Education
University of Toledo College of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Ohio

Charles C. Butler
(419) 636-5666
1210 West High Street
Bryan, OH
 
Carl Fred Muller
(440) 997-6175
134 West 46th Street, P. O. Box 2300
Ashtabula, OH
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Civil Rights, Debt Collection, Fraud
Education
Cornell University
State Licensing
Ohio

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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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