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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.

Vaughn G.T. Cook
(808) 961-0406
120 Pauahi St Ste 312
Hilo, HI
Specialties
Business, Tax, Immigration
State Licensing
Washington

Raymond K. Hasegawa
(808) 935-5732
688 Kinoole Street, Suite 203
Hilo, HI
 
Scott George Morita
(808) 547-5600
1099 Alakea Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business, Real Estate
Education
U of Hawaii William S Richardson SOL,Univ of California San Diego
State Licensing
California, Hawaii

William Jeffrey Hughes
(808) 671-5464
94-272 Pupuole St
Waipahu, HI
Specialties
Business, Employment, Workers Compensation
Education
UC Hastings COL,Stanford Univ
State Licensing
California

Scott William Settle
(808) 526-4731
700 Bishop St Ste 200
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, International Law, Real Estate
Education
Univ of San Diego SOL,Univ of California Berkeley
State Licensing
California, Washington

Diana L. Van De Car
(808) 935-7020
101 Aupuni Street, Suite 238
Hilo, HI
 
Darl C. Gleed
(808) 329-6600
75-5995 KUAKINI HWY., STE. 432
KAILUA KONA, HI
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Probate
Education
University of Seattle School of Law,University of Washington
State Licensing
Hawaii, Washington

David Mark Gurewitz
(310) 545-5696
Po Box 1267
Kilauea, HI
Specialties
Business
Education
UCLA SOL,Univ of Minnesota
State Licensing
California

Robert B. Wales
(432) 294-0919
68-1025 North Kaniku, Unit 320
Kamuela, HI
Specialties
Business
Education
Syracuse University
State Licensing
Texas

Richard Dennison Brawley
(808) 265-5942
1350 Ala Moana Blvd Apt 803
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Debt Collection, Business, Contracts, Fraud, Employment, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Family, Government, Military Law, Landlord & Tenant, Litigation
State Licensing
Washington

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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