Cover Your Legal Bases Dubuque IA

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.

David F. Setter
(563) 588-0547
PO Box 703
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Probate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

Allan J Carew
(563) 556-4011
151 West 8th Street, 200 Security Building
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Education, Estate Planning, Media, Probate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

William James Maiers
(563) 556-8000
222 Fischer Building, 909 Main Street
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Contracts
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Saint John's University
State Licensing
Iowa

Joseph Patrick Kane
(563) 582-7980
2100 Asbury Road, Suite 2
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Employment, Litigation, Estate Planning
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

A Theodore Huinker
(563) 556-4011
151 West 8th Street, 200 Security Building
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Family, Litigation, Real Estate, Criminal Defense
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

Denis Donlon Faber Jr
(563) 582-7300
1660 Embassy West Dr., Suite 100
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Family, Environmental, Business, Criminal Defense, Litigation
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

Brian J. Kane
(563) 582-7980
2100 Asbury Road, Suite 2
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate, Tax
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

Stephen J Juergens
(563) 556-4011
151 West 8th Street, 200 Security Building
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, State, Local And Municipal Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

Douglas Mark Henry
(563) 556-4011
151 West 8th Street, 200 Security Building
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Litigation, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Robert Louis Sudmeier
(563) 556-4011
200 Security Building, 151 West 8th Street
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Family, Insurance
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

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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