Cover Your Legal Bases Hollidaysburg PA

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.

William Ray Brenner
(814) 695-7581
401 Allegheny St, Po Box 415
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Family, Elder Law, Business
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Jerry Michael Dorezas
(814) 695-7581
Evey Black Et Al, 401 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Family, Business, Wills
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Kathy J. Mauk
(814) 695-7581
Evey Black Et Al, 401 Allegheny St
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Family, Wills, Business
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Stephen L. Dugas
(814) 695-5064
RR 220
Duncansville, PA
Specialties
Health Care, Commercial, Insurance, Workers Compensation
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Rachelle Marie Wassel
(724) 853-2280
120 LAKEMONT PARK BLVD
ALTOONA, PA
Specialties
Aviation, Commercial, Insurance, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
Duquesne University School of Law,University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Michael B. Magee
(814) 695-7581
Evey Black Et Al, 401 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Family, Business, Personal Injury
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Alan Muriceak
(814) 695-7581
Evey Black Attorneys, 401 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Business, Family, Wills
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Amy Orr Rosensteel
(814) 695-7581
Evey Black Et Al, 401 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, PA
Specialties
Family, Elder Law, Business
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Douglas V. Stoehr
(814) 693-5062
Stoehr & Smith Llc, 1798 Plank Rd Ste 304
Duncansville, PA
Specialties
Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Business
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

John N. Scales
(724) 836-4840
120 LAKEMONT PARK BLVD
ALTOONA, PA
Specialties
Appeals, Commercial, Business, Construction, Probate
Education
Harvard University Law School,Yale University
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

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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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