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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.

Theresa Ann Peel Gase
(402) 932-4273
15767 Burdette St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Business, Criminal Defense, Family
Education
University of Nebraska
State Licensing
Texas

Patricia Ann Cantu
(402) 918-1625
M/S Ne-Cal-03-E, 13220 California St 3fl
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Business
Education
Harvard Univ Law School,Univ of New Mexico
State Licensing
California

Travis Ryan Rodak
(308) 632-5111
1620 Avenue A, P.O. Box 1557
Scottsbluff, NE
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Employment, Social Security, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Alison M Gutierrez
(402) 346-6000
1650 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Illinois

Alison M Gutierrez
(402) 346-6000
1650 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Illinois

Douglas Wheeler Peters
(402) 346-6000
The Omaha Building, 1650 Farnam St
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Personal Injury, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Minnesota

Bradley Arne Boyum
(402) 991-5410
752 North 129th Street
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Juvenile
Education
Creighton University School of Law,University of Nebraska, Omaha
State Licensing
Nebraska

Jerry M. Slusky
(402) 392-0101
8712 W Dodge Rd Ste 400
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Debt Collection, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord & Tenant, Mediation, Partnership, Business, Estate Planning, Residential, Public Finance, Contracts, Tax, Real Estate, Commercial, Trusts, Construction, Lawsuits & Disputes
Education
Creighton University School of Law,New York University School of Law
State Licensing
Florida, Iowa, Nebraska

Jason Bryan Bottlinger
(402) 493-4100
2425 S. 144th St.
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Lawsuits & Disputes, Appeals, Business, Health Care, Fraud, Criminal Defense, Employment, Environmental, Ethics, Personal Injury, Construction, Litigation
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Robert M. Slovek
(402) 346-6000
1650 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE
Specialties
Personal Injury, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Arkansas

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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