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

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

Brad A. Everhardt
(260) 463-4949
108 West Michigan Street
LaGrange, IN
 
Brian Kelly Carroll
(812) 425-4466
2230 W Franklin St
Evansville, IN
Specialties
Real Estate, Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business
Education
Indiana University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Sophia Jabin Arshad
(219) 736-6500
7899 Taft St
Merrillville, IN
Specialties
Estate Planning, Immigration, Business, Family, General Practice
Education
Valparaiso University School of Law,University of Chicago,Valparaiso University
State Licensing
Illinois, 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

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
 
Kevin Wayne Betz
(317) 687-2222
One Indiana Square, Suite 1660
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Employment, Business, Civil Rights, Licensing, Environmental
Education
Northwestern University,Indiana University,Indiana University School of Law
State Licensing
Indiana

Marvin Frank
(317) 684-1100
135 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1100
Indianapolis, IN
Specialties
Mergers & Acquisitions, Estate Planning, Corporate, Real Estate
Education
Indiana University
Indiana University School of Law
Certified Public Accountant
Indiana
State Licensing
Indiana

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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