Cover Your Legal Bases Hobart IN

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.

Ronald Timothy Fletcher
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Criminal Defense, Family
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Indiana State University
State Licensing
Indiana

Sophia Jabin Arshad
(219) 736-6500
7899 Taft St
Merrillville, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Immigration, Business, Family, General Practice
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,University of Chicago,Valparaiso University
State Licensing
Illinois, Indiana

Laura Beth Frost
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Health Care, Appeals, Real Estate
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Illinois Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Indiana

Natalie Vangel Shrader
(219) 769-1313
9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Purdue University
State Licensing
Indiana

Benjamin Todd Ballou
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Health Care, Real Estate, Business, Criminal Defense
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,University of Chicago
State Licensing
Indiana

Gregory Alfred Sobkowski
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business, Workers Compensation, Health Care
Education
Notre Dame Law School,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Indiana

Bonnie Carole Coleman
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Education
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Ripon College
State Licensing
Indiana

Robert E. Smith
(219) 647-6244
801 E 86th Ave
Merrillville, IN
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Business, Federal Regulation, Securities Offerings, Employee Benefits
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
State Licensing
Michigan

Dana Rifai
(219) 769-1313
9191 Broadway
Merrillville, IN
Specialties
Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Indiana

Rebecca Christofolis Hopkins
(219) 641-8700
8700 BROADWAY
MERRILLVILLE, IN
Specialties
Corporate, Business, Health Care, Medical Malpractice
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Purdue University
State Licensing
Indiana

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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