Cover Your Legal Bases Fitchburg MA

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.

Robert B Bowen
(978) 345-4344
LUNENBURG CENTER 50 MAIN ST
LUNENBURG, MA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business
Education
Boston University School of Law,Boston University School of Law,Holy Cross College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Jill A Natola
(978) 537-3777
94 Central Street
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Residential, Land Use & Zoning
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Suffolk University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Ashleigh C. Gelinas
(978) 537-2200
106 Merriam Avenue
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Ashleigh C. Gelinas
(978) 537-2200
106 Merriam Avenue
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Massachusetts

R Craig Reynolds
(978) 365-7322
111 MAIN STREET PO BOX 357
SOUTH LANCASTER, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Estate Planning
Education
University of Washington School of Law,Walla Walla College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

John L Roncone Jr
(978) 534-2444
142 MAIN ST
LEOMINSTER, MA
Specialties
Commercial, Business, Contracts, Family, Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Estate Planning
Education
New England School of Law,New York Law School,Mount St. Mary's College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Charles A Gelinas Sr.
(978) 537-2200
106 MERRIAM AVE
LEOMINSTER, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Assumption College,College of the Holy Cross
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Constantine T Mariolis
(978) 537-2200
106 MERRIAM AVE
LEOMINSTER, MA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Commercial
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Northeastern University
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Justin P Gelinas
(978) 537-2200
106 Merriam Avenue
Leominster, MA
Specialties
Business, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Banking
Education
Suffolk University Law School,Dartmouth College
State Licensing
Massachusetts

June Adams Johnson
(978) 448-8800
142 MAIN ST
GROTON, MA
Specialties
Mediation, Divorce, Business, Real Estate, Elder Law
Education
Northeastern University School of Law,Boston University,University of Maine
State Licensing
Massachusetts

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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