Cover Your Legal Bases Gettysburg PA

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.

Clinton T. Barkdoll
18 CARLISLE ST STE 103
GETTYSBURG, PA
Specialties
Business, Wills, Estate Planning, Family, Litigation
Education
Dickinson School of Law - Pennsylvania State University,High Point University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Matthew R. Battersby
20 W MAIN ST
FAIRFIELD, PA
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Business, Litigation, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
Southwestern University School of Law,Indiana University of Pennsylvania,Indiana University of Penns
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Donald L. Kornfield
17 N CHURCH ST
WAYNESBORO, PA
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Business, Debt Collection, Wills
Education
law school at William and Mary,Franklin and Marshall College,Greencastle Antrim High School
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Andrew Joseph Benchoff
17 N CHURCH ST
WAYNESBORO, PA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Litigation
Education
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law,Mount Saint Mary's University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Daniel M. Frey
(717) 637-6239
14 Center Square
Hanover, PA
 
Gary E. Hartman
126 BALTIMORE ST
GETTYSBURG, PA
Specialties
Real Estate, Probate, Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury
Education
Middlebury College,George Washington University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Joseph Erb Jr.
(717) 632-0163
Stonesifer and Kelley Pc, 209 Broadway
Hanover, PA
Specialties
Family, Commercial, Real Estate
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Stephen E. Patterson
239 E MAIN ST
WAYNESBORO, PA
Specialties
Business, Commercial, Real Estate
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,Gettysburg College
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Henry O. Heiser III
(717) 334-1990
104 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA
 
Paul Sherwood Mazeski
(412) 392-2120
ONE OXFORD CENTRE 301 GRANT ST FL 20
PITTSBURGH, PA
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Insurance, Workers Compensation, Employment
Education
University of Akron,University of Richmond
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

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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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