Cover Your Legal Bases Fort Dodge IA

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.

Jason L. Comisky
(515) 573-2181
809 Central Ave
Fort Dodge, IA
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Drake University,Hawkeye Community College
State Licensing
Iowa

Andrew James Lemmenes
(515) 332-1157
30 North 8th Street
Humboldt, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Business, Real Estate, Family
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Northern Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Rachelle L.K. Johnson
(641) 623-2889
JOHNSON LAW FIRM, P.C., 204 E. Liberty St., PO Box 69
Montezuma, IA
Specialties
General Practice, Real Estate, Corporate, Estate Planning, Probate, Mediation
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Wartburg College
State Licensing
Iowa

R Ronald Pogge
(515) 697-4268
2700 Grand Avenue, Suite 111
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Personal Injury, Business, Workers Compensation
Education
Drake University Law School,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Iowa

Erin Quillin Pals
(515) 697-4270
2700 Grand Avenue, Suite 111
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Workers Compensation, Litigation, Employment, Business
Education
Drake University Law School,Central College
State Licensing
Iowa

Brian R Johnsen
(515) 332-1157
30 North 8th Street
Humboldt, IA
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Tax, Agriculture
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Iowa State University
State Licensing
Iowa

William J. Good
(515) 573-2181
600 Boston Centre, 809 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 1396
Fort Dodge, IA
 
Harry Perkins III
(515) 283-2147
505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 729
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Drake University Law School,Creighton University
State Licensing
Iowa

Eric Luther Benne
(319) 753-6201
100 Valley St
Burlington, IA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
Drake University Law School,Coe College
State Licensing
Iowa

Brian J. Kane
(563) 582-7980
2100 Asbury Road, Suite 2
Dubuque, IA
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate, Tax
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,Loras College
State Licensing
Iowa

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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