Cover Your Legal Bases Joplin MO

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.

Mark Lloyd Smith
(417) 624-8700
712 East 32nd Street #200
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Mediation, Commercial
Education
Southern Methodist University
State Licensing
Missouri

Thomas Lynn Williams
(417) 623-2865
418 Wall, P.O. Box 996
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Social Security, Family, Business, Bankruptcy, Real Estate
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Bart Marcules
(417) 781-7600
218 South Main Street
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Law School : University of Missouri - Columbia


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William J. Lasley
(417) 358-2127
130 W. 4th St., P.O. Box 272
Carthage, MO
Specialties
General Practice, Workers Compensation, Business, Real Estate, Personal Injury
Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

John Anthony Nicholas
(417) 358-9600
122 W. 4th Street
Carthage, MO
Specialties
Family, Banking, Estate Planning, Corporate, Personal Injury
Education
University of Oklahoma College of Law,University of Oklahoma
State Licensing
Missouri

Bonnie Sue Leiby
(417) 624-8700
712 East 32nd Street, Suite 2
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Commercial, Business, Corporate
Education
Baylor University School of Law
State Licensing
Missouri

Phillip A. Glades
(417) 781-8530
1120 Se Murphy Blvd
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Business, Child Support, Child Custody
State Licensing
Missouri

Bart Augustin Marcules
(417) 781-7600
218 South Main Street, Suite 2
Joplin, MO
Specialties
Criminal Defense, General Practice, DUI, Family, Landlord & Tenant, Federal Crime, Business, Environmental, Speeding Ticket, Contracts, Immigration, Domestic Violence, Maritime
Education
University Of Missouri-Columbia School Of Law
State Licensing
Florida, Missouri

Mariann Morgan
(417) 358-4049
517 South Main Street, P.O. Box 409
Carthage, MO
Specialties
Banking, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Commercial
Education
University of Georgia School of Law,Creighton University
State Licensing
Missouri

James Kevin Checkett
(417) 358-4049
517 South Main Street, P.O. Box 409
Carthage, MO
Specialties
Banking, Estate Planning, Business, Bankruptcy
Education
University of Tulsa College of Law,University of Missouri, Columbia
State Licensing
Missouri

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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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