Cover Your Legal Bases Dillon SC

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.

Edward T Kelaher
(843) 238-5648
P.O. Drawer 14547
Surfside Beach, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business, Lawsuits & Disputes, Corporate
Education
New York Law School,Bucknell University,Drew University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Roberts Vaux
(843) 705-2888
P.O. Drawer 769
Bluffton, SC
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Business, Personal Injury, Family, Real Estate
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
South Carolina

Joseph W Hudgens
(803) 276-2532
1508 College Street, P.O. Box 190
Newberry, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Education, Health Care, Estate Planning
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Furman University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Amanda L. Callander
(843) 856-4488
652 Coleman Blvd., Ste.200
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Specialties
Commercial, Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,College of Charleston
State Licensing
South Carolina

Melissa Helms Estes
(843) 982-0006
808-A Bay St.
Beaufort, SC
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Residential
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law
State Licensing
South Carolina

Jerome Bennett Crites III
(843) 576-2900
78 Wentworth St Ste 200
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Citadel
State Licensing
South Carolina

David Spence Cox
(843) 720-4665
5 Exchange Street
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Media
Education
Duke University School of Law,Tulane University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Joshua M. Henderson
360 E Henry St Ste 101
Spartanburg, SC
Specialties
Business, Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
North Carolina, South Carolina

Terrence Robert Real
(843) 238-5141
P.O. Drawer 14607
Surfside Beach, SC
Specialties
Business, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Family
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,Kent State University,University of Chicago
State Licensing
South Carolina

Walter George Dusky
238 Rockmont Drive
Fort Mill, SC
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Probate, Real Estate, Construction
Education
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law,Winthrop University
State Licensing
North Carolina, South Carolina

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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