Cover Your Legal Bases Fort Thomas KY

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.

Jon Patrick Clemons
441 VINE ST STE 3700
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Banking, Tax, Commercial, Real Estate
Education
University of Cincinnati,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

William Clemens Strangfeld
(513) 651-6833
201 E 5TH ST PNC CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Employee Benefits, Employment, Tax
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
State Licensing
Ohio

Jerome Hardig Kearns
(513) 977-8242
255 E 5TH ST CHEMED CTR
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Family, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
University of Michigan Law School,University of Cincinnati,Xavier University
State Licensing
Ohio

Richard Preston Corthell
255 E 5TH ST CHEMED CTR
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law,Mercer University
State Licensing
Ohio

Larry B. Jones
312 WALNUT ST STE 2090
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Commercial, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning
Education
University of Wyoming,University of Wyoming
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

Alfred Morton Cohen
(513) 333-5214
250 E 5TH ST CHIQUITA BUILDING
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Miami University of Ohio,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Shaun Brian Patsy
511 WALNUT ST FIFTH THIRD BANK CENTER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Banking, Trusts, Business, Corporate, Venture Capital
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law,Ohio State University, Columbus,Vanderbilt University,Va
State Licensing
Ohio

Kim Martin Lewis
(513) 977-8259
255 E 5th St Ste 1900
Cincinnati, OH
Specialties
Business, Bankruptcy, Corporate
Education
Southwestern Univ SOL,Ball State Univ
State Licensing
California, Ohio

Howard Marc Schwartz
105 W 4TH ST 4TH & RACE TOWER
CINCINNATI, OH
Specialties
Wills, Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning, Corporate
Education
University of Cincinnati,Salmon P. Chase College of Law
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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