Cover Your Legal Bases Greer SC

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.

Robert H Cooper
(864) 271-9911
3523 Pelham Rd., Ste. B
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law
State Licensing
South Carolina

Christopher Lawrence Miller
(631) 428-2755
618 Walden Creek Way
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Family, Estate Planning, Probate, Business
State Licensing
New York, South Carolina

Everette Hoke Babb
(864) 422-0022
505 W. Butler Rd.
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Mediation, Debt Agreements, Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
South Carolina

R. H. Grubbs
(864) 255-5413
PO Box 10208
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Antitrust
State Licensing
North Carolina

John Martin Jennings
(864) 250-2207
Poinsett Plaza 104 S. Main Street, Suite 900
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, International Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
State Licensing
Illinois

John Ellsworth
(864) 288-2432
6 Logue Court
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Corporate Governance

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Ross B. Plyler
(864) 282-9105
P.O. Box 5819
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Insurance, Litigation, Employment, Education, Commercial
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,Wofford College
State Licensing
South Carolina

H. Stewart James
(864) 422-0022
505 W. Butler Rd.
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Debt Collection
Education
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law,Clemson University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Mary A. Giorgi
(864) 271-9580
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Insurance
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,North Carolina State University
State Licensing
South Carolina

Paul D. Greene
(864) 271-9580
One Liberty Square, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Business, Health Care, Ethics
Education
Wake Forest University School of Law,University of the South
State Licensing
South Carolina

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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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