Cover Your Legal Bases Denham Springs LA

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.

Michael A. Betts
(225) 791-7912
171 Del Orleans Avenue, Suite B
Denham Springs, LA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Family, Business, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
State Licensing
Louisiana

Elisabeth C Quinn
(225) 381-7017
301 N Main St Ste 830
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Banking, Class Action, Business, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,State University of West Georgia
State Licensing
Louisiana

L Rand Dennis
(225) 924-4016
Adams & Reese, LLP
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Government
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Van Robinson Mayhall III
(225) 387-4000
1 American Pl Fl 24
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Insurance
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana Tech University,Louisiana State Univ
State Licensing
Louisiana

Van R. Mayhall Jr
(225) 387-4000
1 American Pl Fl 23
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Corporate, Insurance, Litigation, Tax, Securities Offerings
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Heather Nicole Sharp
(225) 229-2296
9087 Jason Dr
Denham Springs, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Stephen Babcock
(225) 344-0911
11420 Airline Hwy Ste 102
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Appeals, Insurance
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana Tech University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Isaac M. Gregorie Jr.
(225) 387-0999
1 American Pl Fl 18
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Banking, Corporate, Commercial, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Robert T. Bowsher
(225) 387-4000
1 American Pl Fl 23
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,University of Pennsylvania Law School,Yale University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Carl S Goode
(225) 293-0886
10357 Old Hammond Hwy
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Business, Tax, Estate Planning
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Washington University School of Law,Louisiana
State Licensing
Louisiana

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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