Cover Your Legal Bases Franklin WI

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.

Thomas P. Alberti
(414) 272-5564
241 North Broadway, Suite 501
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Copyright Application, Contracts, Trademark Application, Business, Speeding Ticket
Education
Marquette U
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Karene Sue Marchan
(414) 768-1840
8629 S MARKET PL # A
OAK CREEK, WI
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
Education
Marquette University Law School ,University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Douglas J. Carroll Jr.
(262) 641-0071
2665 S MOORLAND RD STE 200
NEW BERLIN, WI
Specialties
Employment, Business, Fraud
Education
U of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Robert Finn Jensen
(262) 641-0071
2665 S MOORLAND RD STE 102
NEW BERLIN, WI
Specialties
Employee Benefits, Employment, Business
Education
Marquette University Law School
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Shannon D. McDonald
(262) 641-0071
2665 S MOORLAND RD STE 200
NEW BERLIN, WI
Specialties
Employment, Business
Education
Marquette University Law School
State Licensing
Illinois, Wisconsin

Michael J. Pierski
(262) 679-5395
PO Box 656, 17313 Janesville Road
Muskego, WI
Specialties
Business, Probate, Personal Injury, Real Estate, General Practice, Estate Planning
Education
Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI,St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Robert M. Mihelich
(262) 789-9300
2665 S MOORLAND RD STE 200
NEW BERLIN, WI
Specialties
Employment, Business
Education
Drake University Law School
State Licensing
Wisconsin

John H. Shore
(262) 792-2432
15525 W National Ave, Po Box 510155
New Berlin, WI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Tax
Education
U Of Wisconsin
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Matthew G. Pick
(262) 814-1700
15730 W NATIONAL AVE
NEW BERLIN, WI
Specialties
Employment, Estate Planning, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
University of Houston Law Center ,Coastal Carolina University
State Licensing
Wisconsin

Steven A. Affeldt
(414) 321-4560
8741 W National Ave
West Allis, WI
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Divorce, Elder Law, Estate Planning, General Practice, Guardianship, Prenuptials, Power Of Attorney, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills
Education
Valparaiso U
State Licensing
Wisconsin

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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