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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.

Reisenfeld & Associates LPA LLC
(513) 322-7000
3962 Red Bank Road
Cincinnati, OH

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The Hodges Law Group LLC
(513) 898-9308
1077 Celestial Street
Cincinnati, OH

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Timothy Alan Garry Jr.
(513) 852-6035
600 VINE ST STE 2500
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Employment, Land Use & Zoning, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Ohio

Robert Douglas Shank
(513) 651-6771
201 E 5TH ST PNC CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Defective & Dangerous Products, Litigation, Antitrust
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School,Xavier University
State Licensing
Ohio

James Joseph Carroll
537 E PETE ROSE WAY STE 400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Business, Construction, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning
Education
University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Thomas MacNeill Barnhart II
(513) 455-2301
995 Dalton
Cincinnati, OH
Specialties
Equipment Finance, Project Finance, Public Finance, Energy, Corporate, Health Care, Financial Markets And Services
Education
University of Iowa
State Licensing
Ohio

William Patrick Coley II
(513) 361-8281
310 Chiquita Center, 250 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Financial Markets And Services, Litigation
Education
Cleveland State University,University of Dayton
State Licensing
Ohio

Jason Blair Sims
(513) 977-8136
255 E 5TH ST CHEMED CTR
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions, Franchising
Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law,Wright State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Marc Ari Randolph
(513) 381-5700
105 E 4TH ST
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Probate, Trusts, Business
Education
Miami University of Ohio,Washington and Lee University
State Licensing
Ohio

Ames Gardner Jr.
255 E 5TH ST CHEMED CTR
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Family, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,Princeton University
State Licensing
Ohio

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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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