Cover Your Legal Bases Garden City KS

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.

William Alan Wright
(620) 359-1026
PO BOX 1011
Garden City, KS
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Commercial, Debt Agreements, Debt Collection
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Fort Hays State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Edward L Bailey
(785) 235-9511
534 S. Kansas, Suite 1100
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Litigation, Business, Construction
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Kenneth R. Lang
(316) 631-3143
8621 East 21st Street North, Suite 200
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Transportation, Aviation, Commercial, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Nebraska College of Law,Kearney State College
State Licensing
Kansas, Nebraska, Texas

John Nick Badgerow
(913) 327-5134
9401 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 700, Bldg. 40
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Employment, Litigation, Antitrust, Intellectual Property
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
State Licensing
Kansas

Brett Charles Bogan
(913) 451-5137
Bldg. 82, Ste 1000, 10851 Mastin Blvd.
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
Missouri

Jarrod Clinton Kieffer
(316) 268-7946
1625 N. Waterfront Parkway, Suite 300
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Litigation, Business
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Frederick Brinton Farmer
(913) 782-0422
105 S Kansas Ave
Olathe, KS
Specialties
Banking, Residential, Insurance, Business, Estate Planning
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,Baker University
State Licensing
Kansas

Elwin F. Cabbage
(620) 662-3331
20 Compound Dr
Hutchinson, KS
Specialties
Banking, Business, Corporate, Estate Planning, Tax
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Kathryn Elizabeth Sheedy
(785) 267-3410
2887 SW MacVicar Ave.
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Family, Estate Planning, Business, Contracts
Education
Washburn University School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Jeffrey David Gossard
(620) 251-9000
121 W. 8th St.
Coffeyville, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Contracts, Child Custody, Criminal Defense
State Licensing
Kansas

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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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