Cover Your Legal Bases Florissant MO

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.

Joann Campione Donovan
(314) 714-5541
330 Rue St. Francois
Florissant, MO
Specialties
Family, Estate Planning, Business, Divorce
Education
Washington University School of Law,Fontbonne University,Washington University
State Licensing
Missouri

Gary Paul Chura
(314) 265-1998
10 S. Elizabeth Ave.
Ferguson, MO
Specialties
Family, Business, Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice, Real Estate
Education
University of Notre Dame,University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas Alexander Federer
(636) 949-2424
201 South Fifth Street
St. Charles, MO
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

Jeremy Kenneth Johnson
(636) 947-4700
200 North Third St
St. Charles, MO
Specialties
Commercial, Appeals, Litigation
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas Joseph Henderson
(636) 916-3300
302 Jefferson Street
St. Charles, MO
Specialties
Litigation, Business
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Southeast Missouri State University
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

Philip David Speicher
(314) 421-2325
625 Plantmore Drive
Ferguson, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate
State Licensing
Illinois

Sean Patrick O'Gorman
(314) 645-5900
3350 Greenwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Family, Business, Estate Planning, Employment, Personal Injury
Education
Saint Louis University School of Law,Saint Louis University
State Licensing
Missouri

Evita Tolu
(314) 323-6022
1120 Olivette Executive Parkway, Ste. 220
St. Louis, MO
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Law School : Saint Louis University


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Rudy D. Beck
(636) 946-7899
2777 West Clay
St. Charles, MO
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

John Arthur Young
(636) 947-4700
200 North Third Street
St. Charles, MO
Specialties
Real Estate, Government, Commercial
State Licensing
Missouri

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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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