Cover Your Legal Bases Fort Morgan CO

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.

Peter George Koclanes
(303) 299-8353
633 17th Street, Ste. 3000
Denver, CO
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Class Action
State Licensing
Colorado

Garrett Muir Tuttle
(303) 299-7340
Suite 700
Denver, CO
Specialties
Business, International Law, Intellectual Property, Licensing
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,University of Virginia,University of Colorado
State Licensing
Colorado

Michael L Weiner
(303) 290-1638
8390 E. Crescent Parkway, Suite 400
Greenwood Village, CO
Specialties
Business
Education
University of California - Los Angeles,University of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
Colorado

Mark Robert Goldschmidt
(303) 894-6132
1801 California Street, Suite 4900
Denver, CO
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings
Education
Boston College Law School,U.S. Military Academy
State Licensing
Colorado

Billi R Mccullough
(303) 295-8535
555 17th Street, Suite 3200
Denver, CO
Specialties
Business
Education
Cornell Law School,Wellesley College
State Licensing
Colorado

Mark D Safty
(303) 295-8549
555 17TH ST STE 3200
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Business, Environmental, International Law
Education
Boston University School of Law,University of Montana School of Law,University of Montana
State Licensing
Colorado

David Michael Packard
(303) 447-0450
2595 Canyon Blvd., Suite 200
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Business, Antitrust, Real Estate
State Licensing
Colorado

Mary Elizabeth Arkell
(303) 295-8321
555 17th St Suite 3200
Denver, CO
Specialties
Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
University of Colorado School of Law,Northwestern University,University of Colorado
State Licensing
Colorado

Burkeley Nolen Riggs
(303) 292-2900
16 Market Square 6th Floor, 1400 16th Street
Denver, CO
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Tax
State Licensing
Colorado

Nancy A Clodfelter
(303) 899-7323
1200 17TH ST STE 1500
DENVER, CO
Specialties
Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Denver College of Law,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
State Licensing
Colorado

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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