Cover Your Legal Bases East Providence RI

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.

Kristin N. Matsko
(401) 272-6300
120 Wayland Ave, Suite 5
Providence, RI
Specialties
Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Landlord & Tenant, Probate
Education
Roger Williams University School of Law,The Pennsylvania State University
State Licensing
Massachusetts, Rhode Island

John E Ottaviani
(401) 276-6405
2800 FINANCIAL PLZ
PROVIDENCE, RI
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business, Litigation
Education
Columbia University School of Law,Bowdoin College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

John R Gowell Jr
(401) 831-8340
1 CITIZENS PLZ CITIZENS BANK BLDG
PROVIDENCE, RI
Specialties
Corporate, Construction, Real Estate
Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Law,Trinity College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Mitchell R. Edwards
(401) 274-2000
Hinckley Allen & Snyder Llp, 50 Kennedy Plaza Suite 1500
Providence, RI
Specialties
Business, International Law, Real Estate
State Licensing
Massachusetts, Pennsylvania

Claudia J. Matzko
(617) 239-0716
1 CITIZENS PLZ CITIZENS BANK BLDG
PROVIDENCE, RI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services, Real Estate
Education
Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law,Yale University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Michael J Kiselica
(401) 421-0300
1 Turks Head Pl Ste 1440
Providence, RI
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Western State Univ,Providence Coll
State Licensing
California

James H Hahn
(401) 861-8200
180 S MAIN ST
PROVIDENCE, RI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Lynne Barry Dolan
(401) 331-3400
1600 FINANCIAL PLZ
PROVIDENCE, RI
Specialties
Corporate, Litigation, Family, Health Care, Estate Planning
Education
Georgetown University Law Center,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Diana Marie Ducharme
(401) 274-2000
50 Kennedy Plaza, #1500
Providence, RI
Specialties
Real Estate, Antitrust, Trusts
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Sean K. Brousseau
(401) 274-0200
One Turks Head Place, Suite #810
Providence, RI
Specialties
Litigation, Corporate, Insurance, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Willams College
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri, Rhode Island

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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