Cover Your Legal Bases Eatonton 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.

Brandy Turk Huskins
(706) 485-2411
114 1/2 W. Marion Street
Eatonton, GA
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Residential
Education
University of Georgia
State Licensing
Georgia

YOUNG ADULT TRAINING CENTER
(229) 630-4560
500 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DR
VALDOSTA, GA
 
David M. Green
3350 RIVERWOOD PKWY SE STE 1600
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Estate Planning, Family, Divorce
Education
Emory University,Emory University,Lafayette College
State Licensing
Georgia

Jeffrey K. Haidet
303 PEACHTREE ST STE 5300
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Government Contracts, Intellectual Property
Education
University of Toledo College of Law,Miami University of Ohio
State Licensing
Georgia

Thomas J. Mihill
(770) 612-0909
225 PEACHTREE ST NE PEACHTREE CENTER SOUTH
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, Construction, Business, Probate
Education
University of Central Florida,Georgia State University
State Licensing
Georgia

Laura Rice Gailey
1139 GREENSBORO RD
EATONTON, GA
Specialties
Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
Walter F. George/Mercer Law School,Agnes Scott College
State Licensing
Georgia

Richard Grant Gaalema
(404) 467-7516
3495 PIEDMONT RD NE PIEDMONT CTR (10)
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Project Finance, Real Estate, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law,University of Georgia, Athens,University of Georgia, At
State Licensing
Georgia

John Mitchell Merritt
ONE OVERTON PARK 3625 CUMBERLAND BLVD SE STE 380
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Bankruptcy, Debt Agreements
Education
Georgia State University College of Law,Hampden-Sydney College
State Licensing
Georgia

Linzy Oliver Scott III
1180 W PEACHTREE ST NW STE 700
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Fraud
Education
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Georgia

Griffith Fontaine Pitcher
(404) 888-1884
1545 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Public Finance
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,Johns Hopkins 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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