Cover Your Legal Bases Harriman TN

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.

Joe Richard Judkins
(865) 482-7877
PO BOX 907
WARTBURG, TN
Specialties
Business, Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,Tennessee Technological University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Matthew Stephen Heiter
(901) 577-8117
165 MADISON AVE
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Business, Venture Capital, Public Finance, Financial Markets And Services, Corporate
Education
Vanderbilt University Law School,University of Mississippi
State Licensing
Tennessee

John David Wicker Jr.
(615) 292-3600
340 21ST AVE N
NASHVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Commercial
Education
Southern Methodist University School of Law,Southern Methodist University in Dallas
State Licensing
Tennessee

Bob Edward Lype
(423) 499-0705
6181 VANCE RD
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Employment, Employee Benefits, Business, Appeals
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,East Tennessee State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Benjamin Chinn Adams Jr
(901) 577-2307
2000 First Tennessee Bldg
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Business, Tax, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Estate Planning
Education
Vanderbilt University School of Law,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
Tennessee

George H Buxton III
(865) 482-4920
31 E TENNESSEE AVE
OAK RIDGE, TN
Specialties
Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Business
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,East Tennessee State University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Elijah Noel Jr.
(901) 525-1455
1 COMMERCE SQ STE 2700
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Employment, Government
Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School ,University of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
Tennessee

David William Stempel
(615) 244-2582
1600 DIVISION ST STE 700 PO BOX 340025
NASHVILLE, TN
Specialties
Business, Securities Offerings, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law ,Vanderbilt University
State Licensing
Tennessee

James Lee Widrig
(615) 417-7800
501 UNION STREET, SUITE 503 PO BOX 110389
NASHVILLE, TN
Specialties
General Practice, Family, Business, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
State Licensing
Tennessee

Franklin Laurens Brock
(423) 756-3000
2 UNION SQ STE 1000
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Elder Law, Business, Litigation
Education
Emory University School of Law ,Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
State Licensing
Tennessee

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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