Cover Your Legal Bases Kankakee IL

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.

Dennis Joseph Baron
200 E COURT ST
KANKAKEE, IL
Specialties
Commercial, Personal Injury, Family, Divorce, Child Custody
Education
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Illinois

Gregory A. Deck
200 E COURT ST
KANKAKEE, IL
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Commercial, Wills, Probate
Education
Valparaiso University,Valparaiso University
State Licensing
Illinois

Bradley Donald Alexander
(312) 641-1555
333 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 500
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Commercial, Appeals, Litigation
State Licensing
Illinois

Jaime Rhum
(847) 433-2442
513 CENTRAL AVE
HIGHLAND PARK, IL
Specialties
Commercial, Business, Construction, Equipment Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
Education
Northwestern University School of Law,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
State Licensing
Illinois

Jeffrey A Fine
(312) 861-3053
200 E RANDOLPH ST
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Columbia University School of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Illinois

Scott Nicholas Sliwinski
(815) 933-3385
310 5 Schuyler Avenue Suite 201
Kankakee, IL
Specialties
Bankruptcy, Business, Commercial, Child Support, Construction
Education
John Marshall Law School, Chicago,Governor's State, University Park, IL, USA
State Licensing
Illinois

Alan F. Smietanski
(815) 935-2100
236 N INDUSTRIAL DR
BRADLEY, IL
Specialties
Litigation, General Practice, Corporate, Real Estate, Debt Collection
Education
John Marshall Law School, Chicago,University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
State Licensing
Illinois

Leonard Jacob Brenner
555 SKOKIE BLVD STE 500
NORTHBROOK, IL
Specialties
Business, Corporate, Tax, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Northern Illinois University,University of San Diego
State Licensing
Illinois

Peter M. Ellis
200 N LA SALLE ST STE 1900
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Business, Defective & Dangerous Products, Franchising, Litigation
Education
Ohio State University, Columbus,University of Michigan
State Licensing
Illinois

Robert Hakes King Jr.
233 E WACKER DR
CHICAGO, IL
Specialties
Antitrust, Franchising, Business
Education
Dartmouth College,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
State Licensing
Illinois

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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