Cover Your Legal Bases Inverness FL
Estate Planning, Probate, Chapter 7, Corporate, Real Estate
New England School of Law
Tax, Corporate, Tax Fraud
Law School - State of Michigan,Odette School of Business - University of Windsor
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Litigation, Commercial, Construction
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law,University of Florida
Ethics, Employment, Guardianship, Business
Stetson University College of Law,Flagler College
CORAL GABLES, FL
Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, Corporate, Litigation
University of Miami School of Law,University of Miami School of Arts and Sciences
Homosassa Springs, FL
Business, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Family, Real Estate
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Crystal River, FL
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Family, Business, Litigation
University of Miami School of Law
Criminal Defense, Commercial
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
ST PETERSBURG, FL
Litigation, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Commercial, Intellectual Property
Stetson University College of Law,Brooklyn College
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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.
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.
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.