Cover Your Legal Bases Kilgore TX

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.

Chris H. Booth
(903) 988-6443
P.O. Box 191
Kilgore, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

John Miles Darby
PO BOX 3969
LONGVIEW, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Employment, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Oklahoma City University School of Law,University of Texas System, Austin
State Licensing
Texas

Richard Earl Miller
(903) 757-5555
Atty At Law, P.O. Box 3605
Longview, TX
Specialties
Business
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

Mitch Motley
1127 JUDSON ROAD PO BOX 2665
LONGVIEW, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Banking, Real Estate, Commercial, Debt Agreements
Education
University of Texas School of Law,University of North Texas
State Licensing
Texas

Matthew Michael Hill
PO BOX 3969
LONGVIEW, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Employment
Education
Baylor University School of Law,Stephen F. Austin State University,Stephen F. Austin State Universit
State Licensing
Texas

Slater Bakhtavar
(214) 550-6455
8551 Esters Blvd.
Irving, TX
Specialties
Business Law
Secondary Specialties
Corporations, Debt Collection/Relief/Harassment, Warranties, Trade Associations, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), Uniform Commercial Code, Creditor's Rights, Joint Ventures, RICO Act, Directors' & Officers' Liability, Garnishees, Trade Regulation, Foreign Investment, Contract Disputes, International Transactions, International Transactions, Professional Corporations, Customs, Breach of Contract, Contract Drafting & Review, Business & Trade, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Education
Doctor of Juris Prudence, South Texas College of Law, 2005
State Licensing
Texas

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Brian L. Bunt
PO BOX 3969
LONGVIEW, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Business, Personal Injury, Employment, Defective & Dangerous Products
Education
Baylor University School of Law,Texas A&M University, College Station
State Licensing
Texas

Stephen Ryan Patterson
(903) 297-7676
3400 W. Marshall Ave, 402 Austin Bank Bldg.
Longview, TX
Specialties
Litigation, Commercial, Transportation
Education
Texas Tech University
State Licensing
Texas

Patricia H. Florence
(903) 758-5698
P.O. Box 1471
Longview, TX
Specialties
Business, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Baylor University
State Licensing
Texas

David Paul Henry
1127 JUDSON ROAD PO BOX 2665
LONGVIEW, TX
Specialties
Commercial, Class Action, Contracts, Real Estate, Insurance
Education
Texas Tech University School of Law,Texas Christian University
State Licensing
Texas

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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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