Cover Your Legal Bases Gretna LA

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.

Tracy Frazier Robinson
(512) 473-3733
P.O. Box 1668
Gretna, LA
Specialties
Tax, Business, Elder Law, Probate, Family, Construction
Education
University of Virginia
State Licensing
Texas

Michael Don Peytavin
(504) 362-2466
Oakwood Corporate Center 401 Whitney Ave Ste 500
Gretna, LA
Specialties
Insurance, Administrative Law, Litigation, Business, Environmental
Education
Nicholls State University,Loyola University School of Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

Steven D. Oliver
(504) 362-2466
Oakwood Corporate Center 401 Whitney Ave Ste 500
Gretna, LA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Litigation, Workers Compensation
Education
Loyola University School of Law,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Matthew Scott Chester
(504) 680-3000
500 Poydras St., Suite 210-B
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Social Security, Litigation
Education
Tulane University
State Licensing
Texas

Gary J Rouse
(504) 599-5774
643 Magazine Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Litigation, Construction, Business
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
State Licensing
Louisiana

Alan Mark Flake
(504) 362-2466
401 Whitney Ave., Suite 500
Gretna, LA
Specialties
Appeals, Business, Insurance, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
State Licensing
Texas

Edward D. Markle
(504) 561-6633
3520 General Degaulle, Suite 5070
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Aviation, Insurance, Environmental, Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Construction, Litigation
Education
Loyola Law School Los Angeles
State Licensing
Texas

Jason Andrew Cavignac
(504) 588-1288
643 Magazine Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Litigation
Education
Tulane University School of Law,University of Southwestern Louisiana
State Licensing
Louisiana

Douglas S Draper
(504) 299-3300
650 Poydras St Ste 2500
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Business
Education
New York University School of Law,Tulane University Law School,Syracuse University
State Licensing
Colorado, DC, Louisiana

Michael David Kurtz
(504) 566-5259
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Business, Environmental, Litigation, Construction, Telecommunications
Education
Duke University School of Law,Tulane University,Tulane University
State Licensing
Louisiana

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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