Cover Your Legal Bases Kendallville IN

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.

Donald Travis Mefford
(260) 925-2300
130 East Seventh Street
Auburn, IN
Specialties
Banking, Business, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Education
Education
Wabash College,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Kurt Russell Bachman
(260) 463-4949
108 W. Michigan St.
LaGrange, IN
Specialties
Business, Tax, Real Estate, Estate Planning, State, Local And Municipal Law
Education
Manchester College,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Brad A. Everhardt
(260) 463-4949
108 West Michigan Street
LaGrange, IN
 
Teresa Morton
(317) 231-7716
11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Business Law
Education
Undergraduate : Butler University
Law School : Indiana University, Indianapolis
Admitted To Bar : 1988

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David Ian Rubin
(317) 639-4511
10 West Market Street, Suite 700
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Litigation, Insurance, Tax, Appeals, Business
Education
Indiana University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Kevin Paul Bruns
(260) 463-4949
108 W. Michigan St.
LaGrange, IN
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, State, Local And Municipal Law, Real Estate, Financial Markets And Services
Education
Marshall University College of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Indiana

Cheryl Lin Weimer
(260) 463-7154
115 S DETROIT ST
LAGRANGE, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Real Estate, Business, Litigation, Tax
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,Indiana Wesleyan University
State Licensing
Alabama

BCI Mortgage Group Inc
(260) 637-0763
10538 Coldwater Road
Fort Wayne, IN
 
Thomas Franklin Bedsole
(317) 237-3842
201 N ILLINOIS ST STE 1000
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Specialties
Business, Litigation, Construction, Real Estate
Education
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law,Indiana University
State Licensing
Indiana

William Vance Hughes
(765) 289-0661
MUTUAL FEDERAL BUILDING PO BOX 1648
MUNCIE, IN
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Banking, Education, Government
Education
Duke University School of Law,Johns Hopkins University
State Licensing
Indiana

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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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