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

Charles R. Rayl
(620) 273-6333
327 Broadway Street, P.O. Box 640
Cottonwood Falls, KS
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Banking, Debt Collection, Estate Planning
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Kansas State University,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

John F. Thompson, II
(785) 341-4518
6502 W. 51st Street
Mission, KS
Specialties
Wills, Trusts & Estates, Business Law
Secondary Specialties
Corporations, Drafting Wills, Special Needs Trust, Asset Protection, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Directors' & Officers' Liability, Breach of Contract, Contract Disputes, Guardianship, Charitable Giving, Partnerships, Supplemental Needs Trust, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Probate, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Joint Ventures, Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Corporations, Revocable Trust & Irrevocable Trust, Franchising, Buying & Selling, Contract Drafting & Review
Education
B.S. in Business Administration, Kansas State University, 2003
State Licensing
Kansas, Nebraska, and North Dakota.

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Ethan Brock Domke
(316) 267-0331
301 N Main, 1600 Epic Center
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Offerings, Venture Capital
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Kurt F. Kluin
(620) 431-1601
PO Box G
Chanute, KS
Specialties
Business, Debt Collection, Family, Estate Planning, Litigation
State Licensing
Kansas

Terry C Cupps
(316) 291-9504
1551 N. Waterfront Parkway Suite 100
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Business, Real Estate, Banking
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Jon William Gilchrist
(913) 469-4100
11000 King, P.O. Box 25625
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Mark D. Keifer
(316) 945-8251
2121 W. Maple
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Family, Personal Injury, Estate Planning
Education
University of Kansas School of Law,University of Kansas
State Licensing
Kansas

Donna F. Bohn
(316) 631-3135
8621 East 21st Street North, Suite 200
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Estate Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Probate
Education
Washburn University School of Law,Kansas State University
State Licensing
Kansas

Ann M Zimmerman
(785) 309-0390
316 N. Santa Fe P.O. Box 2573
Salina, KS
Specialties
Mediation, Family, Education, Discrimination, Business
Education
Harvard University Law School,Kansas State University
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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