Cover Your Legal Bases Fort Washington MD

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.

Carroll Hauptle
(571) 331-8778
8615 Camden Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Undergraduate : Yale College
Law School : American University, Washington
Admitted To Bar : 1987

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Carroll D Hauptle
(571) 331-8778
8615 Camden Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business, Telecommunications, Corporate, Trademark Application, Appeals
Education
Marymount College
State Licensing
DC, Virginia

Alexander Hugo Blankingship III
(703) 739-7621
516 1/2 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Virginia

Gregory Mark Wade
(703) 836-9030
616 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business, Chapter 7, Chapter 13
State Licensing
Virginia

Stacey Lara Rose
(703) 684-4333
Suite 200, 908 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals
State Licensing
Virginia

Shannon Leigh Oleary
(202) 615-2353
7911 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Intellectual Property, Business, Ethics, Administrative Law, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

John C Belcher
(301) 749-7306
6188 Oxon Hill Rd, Suite 811
Oxon Hill, MD
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Family, Appeals, Civil Rights, Business, General Practice, Personal Injury
Education
Tulane University Law School,University of New Mexico,University of Georgia
State Licensing
DC, Louisiana, Maryland

Thomas Peter Silis
(703) 706-0075
113 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Virginia

Johnny Ma
(703) 413-3000
1940 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Commercial, Intellectual Property
State Licensing
Virginia

John Turner Donelan
(703) 684-7555
125 South Royal Street, P.O. Drawer 20208
Alexandria, VA
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Trusts
State Licensing
Virginia

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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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