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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
 
Chiye Rana Wenkam
(808) 599-2110
737 Bishop St #3100
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Tax, Business, Estate Planning
Education
Univ of Denver COL,Univ of Hawaii
State Licensing
California

Nolan Yogi
(808) 672-0105
P.O. Box 700964
Kapolei, HI
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Law School : Drake University


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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

Diana L. Van De Car
(808) 935-7020
101 Aupuni Street, Suite 238
Hilo, HI
 
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

Philmund Wun Ming Lee
(808) 277-1733
2440 Campus Rd # 333
Honolulu, HI
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning
Education
U of San Francisco SOL,California St Univ Long Beach
State Licensing
California, Hawaii, Massachusetts

Walter Anton Berhalter
(808) 651-9732
3057 Poipu Rd Apt 4
Koloa, HI
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Corporate, Estate Planning, General Practice, Lawsuits & Disputes
State Licensing
Washington

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

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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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