Cover Your Legal Bases Ewa Beach HI

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.

Nolan Yogi
(808) 672-0105
P.O. Box 700964
Kapolei, HI
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Law School : Drake University


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Chiye Rana Wenkam
(808) 599-2110
737 Bishop St #3100
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Tax, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Univ of Denver COL,Univ of Hawaii
State Licensing
California

Michael Anthony Marr
(808) 599-5258
Po Box 2731
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Mediation, Arbitration, Family, Business, Criminal Defense, Immigration, General Practice, Banking
Education
University of San Francisco School of Law
State Licensing
Hawaii, Washington

Scott George Morita
(808) 547-5600
1099 Alakea Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
U of Hawaii William S Richardson SOL,Univ of California San Diego
State Licensing
California, Hawaii

Geoffrey Takao Mukae
(808) 523-2570
Asb Tower Ste 2200, 1001 Bishop St
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Venture Capital, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Columbia Univ SOL,Univ of California Berkeley
State Licensing
California

William Jeffrey Hughes
(808) 671-5464
94-272 Pupuole St
Waipahu, HI
Specialties
Business, Employment, Workers Compensation
Education
UC Hastings COL,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

Curtis K. Saiki
(808) 525-6232
999 Bishop St Ste 2810
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Washington

Marc Evariste Rousseau
(808) 521-9249
1000 Bishop St Ste 1200
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business
State Licensing
Washington

Julie Rae Smolinski
(808) 547-5847
1099 Alakea St Ste 1800
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business
Education
Stanford Univ Law School,Wellesley Coll
State Licensing
California

Scott William Settle
(808) 526-4731
700 Bishop St Ste 200
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, International Law, Real Estate
Education
Univ of San Diego SOL,Univ of California Berkeley
State Licensing
California, Washington

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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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