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

Christopher Cecil Lamberson
(901) 576-1760
1 COMMERCE SQ STE 1700
MEMPHIS, TN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Real Estate
Education
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ,Washington and Lee University
State Licensing
Tennessee

Carl Daniel Scott
100 E MAIN ST
SEVIERVILLE, TN
Specialties
Chapter 11, Chapter 7, Chapter 13, Business, Litigation, Probate
Education
UNIV TN
State Licensing
Tennessee

Wilson Kyle Simonton
(615) 794-8850
306 Public Sq
Franklin, TN
Specialties
Health Care, Business, Commercial
Education
S IL UNIV
State Licensing
Tennessee

Carrie Wiltshire Mccutcheon
(615) 726-5631
211 Commerce St Ste 1000
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Health Care, Litigation, Commercial
Education
VANDERBILT
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

Joseph John Jensen
(615) 782-2380
604 W Main St
Franklin, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Commercial
Education
VALPARAISO
State Licensing
Tennessee

Charles Thaddeus Herndon IV
(423) 434-4700
104 EAST MAIN STREET PO BOX 1160
JOHNSON CITY, TN
Specialties
Appeals, Corporate, Ethics, Litigation
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
State Licensing
Tennessee

Lashawn A. Williams
(615) 874-9705
211 Donelson Pike, Suite 110-A
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Business, Entertainment, Criminal Defense, Juvenile, Employment, Probate, Family
Education
Texas Southern University
State Licensing
Texas

John Connor Cavett Jr.
(423) 265-8804
801 BROAD ST STE 428
CHATTANOOGA, TN
Specialties
Real Estate, Criminal Defense, Business
Education
University of Tennessee College of Law,University of the South
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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