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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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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

John Garland Witherspoon Jr.
(937) 222-2424
105 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Insurance, Business, Construction, Identity Theft
Education
University of Virginia School of Law,University of Utah,University of Utah
State Licensing
Ohio

Blake Thomas Johnson
(513) 723-4676
221 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH
Specialties
Antitrust, Commercial, Energy
Education
Duke University
State Licensing
Ohio

Fern Elizabeth Goldman
441 VINE ST STE 3700
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate, Banking, Bankruptcy
Education
Brandeis University,New York University
State Licensing
Ohio

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

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Geoffrey Randall Ayers
(513) 651-6484
201 E 5TH ST PNC CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Employment, Employee Benefits, Arbitration, Business
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law,Earlham College
State Licensing
Ohio

John Sidney Higgins Jr.
(513) 651-6950
201 E 5TH ST PNC CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Business, Construction, Litigation
Education
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Marion Eugene Haynes III
(513) 333-5225
250 E 5TH ST CHIQUITA BUILDING
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Litigation
Education
University of Cincinnati,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
Ohio

Christopher William Carrigg
(937) 222-2424
105 E 4TH ST STE 1400
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Insurance, Business, Identity Theft, Government, Elder Law
Education
University of Dayton School of Law,Franciscan University of Steubenville
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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