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

Christopher Jon Bunce
(913) 638-6713
15329 W 89th Pl
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Commercial, Banking
State Licensing
Washington

Tom A. Williamson
(785) 825-4674
119 West Iron Avenue, 7th Floor
Salina, KS
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Banking, Real Estate, Commercial
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

John F. Thompson, II.
(785) 341-4518
6502 W. 51st Street
Mission, KS
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
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

Frank Robert Smith
(316) 291-9779
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway Suite 100
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Life Science & Biotech
Education
University of Oklahoma College of Law,Oklahoma State University
State Licensing
Kansas

John C Nettels Jr
(913) 344-8023
10975 Benson, Suite 550
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Aviation, Investment Fraud
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas,Universit
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

Laura Shaker Dakhil Monahan
(316) 267-2000
8621 East 21st Street North, Suite 200
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Health Care, Medical Malpractice, Business, Corporate
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas,Washburn University
State Licensing
Kansas

Jason Michael Salinardi
(913) 492-6008
15700 College Blvd., Ste. 100
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Estate Planning, Tax, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law,University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,U
State Licensing
Illinois, Missouri

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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