Cover Your Legal Bases Jennings LA

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.

Eric Isaiah Holden Hoggatt
(337) 514-4551
317 N. State St., Suite 1
Jennings, LA
Specialties
Agriculture, Criminal Defense, Business, Animal Law
Education
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
State Licensing
Louisiana

John F. Craton
(337) 785-1000
211 North Parkerson Avenue, P.O. Drawer 1305
Crowley, LA
 
Paul Christian Kitziger
(504) 556-4126
701 Poydras St Ste 5000
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Energy, Business, Real Estate
Education
Loyola University School of Law,Loyola University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Nancy Scott Degan
(504) 566-5249
201 St Charles Ave Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Environmental, Litigation, Business, Transportation, Energy
Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,University of New Orleans
State Licensing
Louisiana

Andrew John Halverson
(337) 232-3929
101 La Rue France Suite 200, Suite 2300
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Energy, Environmental, Business, Litigation
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,University of Louisiana, Lafayette,University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Eric Isaiah Holden Hoggatt
(337) 514-4551
317 N. State St., Suite 1
Jennings, LA
Specialties
Agriculture, Criminal Defense, Business, Animal Law
Education
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge
State Licensing
Louisiana

J. Patrick Gaffney
(504) 585-3835
1100 Poydras St Ste 3100
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Litigation, Business, Corporate
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Louisiana State University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Robert W. Johnson
(318) 221-6858
400 Texas St Ste 1400
Shreveport, LA
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Banking, Business, Litigation, Appeals
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Baylor University
State Licensing
Louisiana

Soren Erik Gisleson
(504) 581-4892
820 OKeefe Ave
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Civil Rights, Litigation, Class Action, Business, Personal Injury
Education
University of Colorado - Boulder,Loyola University School of Law
State Licensing
Louisiana

Jordan Barro Monsour
(504) 529-3600
201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 4400
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Government
Education
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center,Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Louisiana

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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