Cover Your Legal Bases Gallup NM

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.

Steven Lamont Lovett
-54375750
500 10th Street, Po Box 1810
Alamogordo, NM
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Employment, Social Security, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Litigation
Education
St. Mary's University
State Licensing
Texas

David Hugh Thomas III
(505) 883-8787
4811 Hardward Dr. Ne, C-1
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Lawsuits & Disputes, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection, Business, Entertainment, Oil & Gas, Ethics, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Gary E. Risley
(505) 326-1776
4991 N. Butler
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Business
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Leonard Dennis Sanchez
(505) 241-4941
Alvarado Sq # Ms-0806
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
Stanford Univ Law School,Univ of New Mexico
State Licensing
California

Kathleen Alicia Keene
(505) 262-6200
8220 San Pedro Ne, Suite 400
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Tax, Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Texas Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Texas

Heather Travis Boone
(505) 662-1026
1200 Trinity Dr
Los Alamos, NM
Specialties
Business
Education
Washington & Lee University
State Licensing
Texas

Carol F. Graebner
(505) 241-2852
Alvarado Square Ms 1200
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business
Education
American University
State Licensing
Texas

Bonnie Patricia Bowles
-53776224
3465 Mtn View Blvd Suite 13a, Po Box 366
Angel Fire, NM
Specialties
Business, Probate
Education
University of Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Eric Lewis Laurence
(505) 764-5448
201 3rd St Nw Ste 1950
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business, Employment, Real Estate
Education
Univ of Virginia SOL,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

Debora Estela Ramirez
(505) 917-9011
801 Mcduffie Circle Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business, Administrative Law
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

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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