Cover Your Legal Bases Fargo ND

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.

Wayne W Carlson
(701) 499-2589
1900 44TH ST S
FARGO, ND
Specialties
Corporate
Education
University of Minnesota Law School,North Dakota State University
State Licensing
Minnesota, North Dakota

Jon E Strinden
(701) 271-8896
51 Broadway Ste 402
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Business, Tax, Appeals
State Licensing
Minnesota

David James Eilertson
(701) 451-8342
4776 28th Av S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,Concordia College
State Licensing
Minnesota

Duane A Lillehaug
1220 Main Ave, Ste 105, P.O. Box 2103
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Personal Injury, Employment, Business, Insurance
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,North Dakota State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Rodger G. Mohagen
(701) 293-8344
1444 45th Street SW, Suite 201
Fargo, ND
 
Nola Ann Mcneally
(701) 271-8884
51 N Broadway Suite 402
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Venture Capital, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
Minnesota

Todd E Zimmerman
(701) 271-8881
1395 Elm Cir
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Real Estate
State Licensing
Minnesota

Daniel Joseph Dunn
(701) 237-5297
1220 MAIN AV #105 PO BOX 2103
FARGO, ND
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of North Dakota School of Law,North Dakota State University
State Licensing
Minnesota

Jason J. Henderson
(701) 293-8344
1444 45th Street SW, Suite 201
Fargo, ND
 
Bruce D. Johnson
(701) 235-6411
107 Roberts Street, P.O. Box 2427
Fargo, ND
 

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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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