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

John S. Selig
(501) 688-8807
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 1800
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Securities Offerings, Banking, Energy
Education
New York University Graduate School of Law,Tulane University,University of Arkansas
State Licensing
Arkansas

Terry W. Pool
(479) 973-4200
214 W. Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Commercial, Construction
State Licensing
Arkansas

James Warren Hyden
(501) 376-8222
200 LOUISIANA ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts, Employee Benefits, Corporate
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Lefl
State Licensing
Arkansas

Daniel W. Walker
(207) 623-5300
400 ROGERS AVE
FORT SMITH, AR
Specialties
Business, International Law, Estate Planning
State Licensing
Arkansas

Richard L. Mays
(501) 372-6303
415 MAIN ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Personal Injury, Public Finance, Medical Malpractice, Business, General Practice
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Howard University
State Licensing
Arkansas

Jeffrey L. Spillyards
425 W CAPITOL AVE STE 1800
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Employment, Business, Litigation, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law,University of Arkansas - Fayet
State Licensing
Arkansas

John Mark Scott
(479) 582-5711
One Steele Plaza, 3739 Steele Blvd., Suite 340
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Real Estate, Litigation, Commercial
State Licensing
Arkansas

Charles Brantly Buck
(501) 375-9131
120 E 4TH ST
LITTLE ROCK, AR
Specialties
Tax, Securities Offerings, Corporate
Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law,Davidson College
State Licensing
Arkansas

Benjamin H. Shipley III
(479) 783-8200
5401 ROGERS AVE STE 200
FORT SMITH, AR
Specialties
Employment, Business, Health Care
Education
Southern Methodist University,University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
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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