Cover Your Legal Bases Florence AL

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.

Marcia Ellen Backus
(713) 758-1101
First City Tower, 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500
Houston, AL
Specialties
Project Finance, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
University of Texas School of Law,University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Troy Ted Tindal
(334) 264-1441
915 South Hull Street
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Appeals, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Insurance, Fraud, Probate, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Jonathan Robert Geisen
(205) 244-3820
1600 Wachovia Tower, 420 Twentieth Street North
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Equipment Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Contracts, Corporate
Education
University of Alabama School of Law
Birmingham-Southern College
State Licensing
Alabama, Georgia

Andrew Michael Sieja
(256) 533-1667
115 North Side Square
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Litigation, Elder Law, Corporate
Education
Denison University,Texas Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Alabama, Texas

William Christopher Waller Jr.
(334) 387-7680
2000 Interstate Park Drive, Suite 204
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Litigation, Business
State Licensing
Alabama

Thomas Gavin Hoppe
(281) 313-5304
8410 Hwy 90a, Suite 170
Sugar Land, AL
Specialties
Business, Probate, Personal Injury
Education
Tulane University
State Licensing
Texas

Debra Taylor Lewis
(205) 226-8706
1901 Sixth Avenue North,Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Commercial
Education
Cumberland School Of Law
State Licensing
Texas

Russell McWhorter Cunningham IV
(205) 328-9445
The Steiner Building, Suite 305, 15 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N.
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Corporate, Tax, Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
New York University School of Law,University of Alabama School of Law,Auburn University, Auburn,Vand
State Licensing
Alabama

Behrouz Kalkhoran Rahmati
(256) 533-2002
513 Madison St SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Litigation
State Licensing
Alabama

Howard Ward Neiswender
(205) 226-8773
Balch & Bingham LLP, 1901 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 1500
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Tax
State Licensing
Alabama

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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