Cover Your Legal Bases Hillsborough NC

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.

Kim K. Steffan
(919) 732-7300
400 MILLSTONE DR STE 200
HILLSBOROUGH, NC
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation
Education
Duke University,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
North Carolina

Ronald Edwin Cooley
(919) 245-1300
2203 RHONDA RD
HILLSBOROUGH, NC
Specialties
Business, Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Litigation
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,Rochester Institute of Technology,Rochester Institute of
State Licensing
North Carolina

William J. Wolf
(919) 383-9431
PO Box 2917
Durham, NC
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Appeals
State Licensing
North Carolina

Jeffrey C. Hart
(919) 328-8801
5915 FARRINGTON RD STE 201
CHAPEL HILL, NC
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services, Venture Capital, Banking
Education
Duke University School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
North Carolina

Katharine B. Buchanan
(919) 493-8411
SCIENCE DRIVE & TOWERVIEW ROAD PO BOX 90389
DURHAM, NC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Business, Elder Law
State Licensing
North Carolina

Dalton H. Loftin
(919) 732-9748
PO BOX 733
HILLSBOROUGH, NC
Specialties
Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Probate
Education
University of North Carolina School of Law,University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
State Licensing
North Carolina

Allen Thomas Wiggins
(919) 383-9431
PO Box 2917
Durham, NC
Specialties
Construction, Commercial, Litigation
State Licensing
North Carolina

John E. Bugg
(919) 383-9431
PO Box 2917
Durham, NC
Specialties
Commercial, Litigation, Appeals
State Licensing
North Carolina

Thomas H. Stark
(919) 490-5550
5925 FARRINGTON RD STE 200
CHAPEL HILL, NC
Specialties
Appeals, Construction, Corporate, Fraud, Intellectual Property
Education
Duke University School of Law,Duke University
State Licensing
North Carolina

Gregory Herman-Giddens
(919) 493-6351
205 Providence Rd
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Corporate, Tax, LLC, Elder Law, Wills, Guardianship
Education
Tulane University Law School,University of Miami School of Law mi School of Law,
State Licensing
Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee

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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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