Cover Your Legal Bases Dublin GA

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.

James F. Nelson Jr.
125 N FRANKLIN ST
DUBLIN, GA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Corporate, Probate
Education
Atlanta Law School,University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia

Matthew Blackwell Crowder
1111 BELLEVUE AVE
DUBLIN, GA
Specialties
Government, Business, Litigation
Education
Northwestern University,University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia

Miriam Joan Dent
(404) 420-4608
229 PEACHTREE ST NE PEACHTREE CAIN BLDG
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Business, Bankruptcy
Education
Miami University of Ohio,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Georgia

Mary M. House
101 EAGLES POINTE PKWY
STOCKBRIDGE, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Personal Injury, Mediation, General Practice, Divorce
Education
Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon,Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

William Robert Youngblood
(770) 338-4224
2855 LVILLE-SUWANEE Road Suite 760 Number 413
Suwanee, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Commercial, Construction
Education
Emory University School of Law,Clemson University,Troy University (main campus)
State Licensing
Georgia

Brent Michael Myer
1111 BELLEVUE AVE
DUBLIN, GA
Specialties
Government, Business, Litigation
Education
University of Iowa,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Georgia

William V. McRae III
(404) 658-5471
191 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Securities Offerings, Real Estate, Trusts, Estate Planning
Education
Duke University,University of Southern California,Wake Forest University
State Licensing
Georgia

Melissa Phillips Reading
1201 W PEACHTREE ST ONE ATLANTIC CENTER
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Investment Fraud
Education
Emory University School of Law,Vanderbilt University,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Georgia

Robert Anthony Madayag III
(404) 459-5649
1180 Peachtree St., Ste. 1800
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Life Science & Biotech, Licensing, Telecommunications
Education
Villanova University
State Licensing
Georgia

Theo A. Ciupitu
(404) 879-2473
1201 WEST PEACHTREE STREET 1201 W PEACHTREE ST NW STE 3500
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Investment Fraud, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital
Education
University of Texas School of Law,Florida State University
State Licensing
Georgia

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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