Cover Your Legal Bases Fitzgerald 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.

Brian J. Passante
(478) 254-6788
4009 VINEVILLE AVE STE B
MACON, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Health Care, Contracts, Franchising, Bankruptcy, Employment, Business, Real Estate
Education
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law,Mercer University
State Licensing
Georgia

Kathryn L. Van Duyne
150 E PONCE DE LEON AVE ONE DECATUR TOWN CENTER
DECATUR, GA
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Business, Litigation
Education
Emory University School of Law,University of Florida
State Licensing
Georgia

Heath David Linsky
125 TOWNPARK DR NW STE 300
KENNESAW, GA
Specialties
Financial Markets And Services, Corporate, Health Care, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate
Education
Emory University,Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

David Marino Pernini
1170 PEACHTREE ST NE STE 2020
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Commercial, Intellectual Property, Defective & Dangerous Products, Antitrust
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Georgia

David C. Clifton
600 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Venture Capital
Education
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
Georgia

Alyce Crawford Ritchie
3237 SATELLITE BLVD
DULUTH, GA
Specialties
Commercial, Real Estate
Education
Emory University,University of Florida
State Licensing
Georgia

Glenn R. Thomson
1201 W PEACHTREE ST ONE ATLANTIC CENTER
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Public Finance, Business, Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of Virginia,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Georgia

Tanya Andrews Eades
6340 SUGARLOAF PKWY STE 200
DULUTH, GA
Specialties
Business, Employment, Contracts, Intellectual Property, Landlord & Tenant
Education
University of Georgia, Athens,University of Georgia, Athens
State Licensing
Georgia

Thomas Steven Gryboski
(404) 504-7660
125 TOWNPARK DR NW STE 300
KENNESAW, GA
Specialties
Commercial, Health Care, Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Emory University School of Law,Emory University,Goizueta School of Business at Emory University
State Licensing
Georgia

Samuel F. Boyte
(404) 954-9848
1100 PEACHTREE ST NE
ATLANTA, GA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Corporate, Securities Offerings, Financial Markets And Services
Education
William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Davidson College
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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