Cover Your Legal Bases Dumfries VA

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.

Leslie Ruth Stallknecht
(703) 494-0799
2200 Opitz Boulevard, Suite 200
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Social Security, Business, Estate Planning, Wills
Education
Syracuse University College of Law,William & Mary Law School,Syracuse University
State Licensing
Virginia

Thomas D. Duling
(703) 583-6060
12701 Marblestone Drive Suite 350
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,Ohio University
State Licensing
Virginia

David Barney Wilks
(703) 492-9955
3441 Commission Court
Lake Ridge, VA
Specialties
Business, Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Elder Law
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Washington and Lee University School of La
State Licensing
Virginia

William M. Ryland
(703) 491-6400
12728 Directors Loop
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Business, DUI, Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death
Education
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law,University of Richmond
State Licensing
Virginia

Edward Marc Quinto
(703) 492-9955
3441 Commission Court
Lake Ridge, VA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,University of Connecticut School of Law,Colby Colle
State Licensing
Connecticut, North Carolina, Virginia

Karl Milton Rice
(703) 494-0799
2200 Opitz Boulevard
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Real Estate, Social Security, Contracts, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Syracuse University College of Law
State Licensing
Virginia

Helen Jan Roltsch-Anoll
(703) 494-7171
12610 Lake Ridge Dr
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Estate Planning, Personal Injury
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,College of William and Mary
State Licensing
California, DC, Florida, Virginia

Kenneth Everts Brown
(703) 492-4200
12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Banking, Real Estate, Business
Education
College of William and Mary,Syracuse University
State Licensing
Virginia

Matthew John Occhuizzo
(703) 583-6060
12701 Marblestone Drive Suite 350
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
General Practice, Prenuptials, Personal Injury, Commercial, Landlord & Tenant
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Pennsylvania State University
State Licensing
Virginia

Jonathan Nicholas Francis
(703) 492-4200
12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Elder Law
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,College of William and Mary
State Licensing
Virginia

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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