Cover Your Legal Bases Hope AR

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.

Brandi Douglas Collins
(870) 777-8911
114 E. 2ND PO BOX 399
HOPE, AR
Specialties
General Practice, Business, Estate Planning, Car Accident
Education
William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Little Rock
State Licensing
Arkansas

T. Scott Clevenger
(501) 376-9100
124 W CAPITOL AVE STE 860
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Business, Real Estate, Employment
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Fayet
State Licensing
Arkansas

R. Allen Dodson
1623 Scott Street
Conway, AR
Specialties
Family, Oil & Gas, Business, Guardianship, Real Estate, Uncontested Divorce
State Licensing
Arkansas

Steve Bauman
(ODD Range 401 - 499) W CAPITOL AVE
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Corporate, LLC, Tax
Education
New York University,Tulane University,Tulane University
State Licensing
Arkansas

David Benjamin Hollander
(479) 277-2726
702 Sw 8th St, Mailstop 0215
Bentonville, AR
Specialties
Business
Education
Georgetown University
State Licensing
Texas

Lance Randell Miller
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 1800
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Litigation, Arbitration, Bankruptcy
Education
Arkansas State University,University of Arkansas - Little Rock
State Licensing
Arkansas

Thomas D. Stockland
(479) 521-3608
157 E COLT DR STE 1
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Specialties
Banking, Estate Planning, Tax, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Jana Kim Fowler
(501) 377-2546
C/O Stephens Inc., 111 Center St.
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Business, Social Security
Education
University of Arkansas: Little Rock
State Licensing
Texas

Hollie M. Greenway
(479) 273-2014
593 HORSEBARN RD STE 102
ROGERS, AR
Specialties
Construction, Real Estate, Business
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Arkansas State University, Jon
State Licensing
Arkansas

Thomas D. Stockland
(479) 521-3608
157 E COLT DR STE 1
FAYETTEVILLE, AR
Specialties
Banking, Estate Planning, Tax, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

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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