Cover Your Legal Bases Girard OH

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.

Stephen T. Bolton
(330) 743-1171
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Commercial
Education
University of Virginia,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Ohio

Jeffrey D. Heintz
(330) 743-1171
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Wills, Trusts
Education
University of Virginia,Westminster College (Salt Lake City),Westminster College (Salt Lake City)
State Licensing
Ohio

Damian Patrick DeGenova
42 N PHELPS ST
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Real Estate
Education
Capital University,Kent State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Carl David Rafoth
CITY CENTRE ONCE, 100 FEDERAL PLZ E STE 300
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial, Probate
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Joseph Charles Mikolay
(330) 792-1063
242 Federal Plaza West
Youngstown, OH
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Civil Rights, Debt Collection, Fraud
Education
Cleveland State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Martha L. Bushey
(330) 743-1171
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Health Care, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Commercial, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
University of Akron,Youngstown State University
State Licensing
Ohio

Leonard Dean Schiavone
CITY CENTRE ONCE, 100 FEDERAL PLZ E STE 300
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Corporate, Family, Real Estate, Commercial, Debt Collection
Education
Purdue University,University of Cincinnati
State Licensing
Ohio

Michael J. Rigelsky
(330) 849-6642
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Business
Education
George Washington University National Law Center,Georgetown University
State Licensing
Ohio

Thomas J. Lipka
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Lawsuits & Disputes, Contracts, Arbitration
Education
Oberlin College,Ohio State University, Columbus
State Licensing
Ohio

Edwin Romero
201 E COMMERCE ST COMMERCE BLDG
YOUNGSTOWN, OH
Specialties
Employment, Business, Government, Administrative Law, Corporate
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,Youngstown State University
State Licensing
Ohio

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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