Cover Your Legal Bases Duncan OK

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.

Gregory William Gibson
P.O. Box 1082
Duncan, OK
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Probate, Family, Personal Injury
Education
Texas Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Texas

E. J. Buckholts II
(580) 252-3240
Patterson Building, 929 West Willow
Duncan, OK
 
Richard Reagan Dandridge Allen
(580) 234-0436
Po Box 1549
Enid, OK
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Education
Franklin Pierce Law Center
State Licensing
Texas

Eric Anthony Hillerman
(918) 732-1724
One Williams Center, Suite 1900
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Business, Oil & Gas, Litigation
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Daniel Vaughn Carsey
(405) 272-5724
1700 One Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Tulsa
State Licensing
Texas

Phillip H. Leonard
(580) 252-3240
Patterson Building, 929 West Willow
Duncan, OK
 
William A. Gossett
(580) 255-3300
East Court Center, 122 South 11th, Suite 100
Duncan, OK
 
Robert Sean Bradley
(580) 931-3370
2915 University
Durant, OK
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Tax, Business, Health Care, Employment, Intellectual Property, Real Estate
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Texas

Patrick William Fitzgerald
(405) 447-6093
4417 Green View Cir
Norman, OK
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Family, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Texas

Timothy J Pickens
(918) 582-5181
TJ Pickens Law Office, PLLC, 624 South Denver Avenue, Mailing: 1876 Utica
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Family, Business
Education
University of Tulsa
State Licensing
Oklahoma

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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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