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.

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

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

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

Robert J. Muehlenweg
(505) 247-8860
316 Osuna Rd Ne Ste 201
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Estate Planning, Contracts, Real Estate, Commercial
Education
Univ of New Mexico SOL,Univ of New Mexico
State Licensing
California, New Mexico

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

Thomas Gordon Rice
(888) 222-1328
6001 Indian School Rd NE Ste 160
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Estate Planning, Partnership, Business, Elder Law, Guardianship, Power Of Attorney, Tax, Probate, LLC, Trusts, Prenuptials, Wills
Education
Brigham Young University School of Law,Brigham Young University
State Licensing
Illinois, New Mexico

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

Lamar D. Treadwell II
(505) 660-0602
551 W Cordova Rd # 720
Sante Fe, NM
Specialties
Business
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Ricardo Mendoza Contreras
(505) 764-5443
201 Third Street Nw, Suite 1950
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Business, Fraud, Administrative Law, International Law, Landlord & Tenant
Education
University of Iowa
State Licensing
Texas

Jill A. Douthett
(505) 896-6662
4061 Ridge Rock Road
Rio Rancho, NM
Specialties
Wills, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Business Law
Secondary Specialties
Mortgages, Land Contracts, Broker & Transaction Litigation, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Homeowners' Associations, Mergers, Acquisitions, & Divestitures, Trade Associations, Buying & Selling, Nolo Document Review, Professional Corporations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Probate, Mechanics' Liens, Real Estate Loans, Tenants' Rights, Construction Defects, Breach of Contract, Unfair Competition, Title Litigation, Tenant, Corporations, Trade Dress, Liquor Licenses, Antitrust Law
State Licensing
New Mexico

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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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