Cover Your Legal Bases King George VA

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.

Thomas Allen Glessner
(540) 372-3930
Po Box 42060
Fredericksburg, VA
Specialties
Corporate, Constitutional, Estate Planning, General Practice, Government
State Licensing
Washington

Mark Dolan Mudd
(301) 934-9541
106 St. Mary's Avenue P.O. Box 310
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Real Estate, Corporate, Business
Education
University of South Carolina School of Law,University of South Carolina
State Licensing
Maryland

Patrick Joseph Devine
(301) 753-4316
200 Washington Avenue
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Family, Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Employment, Business
Education
West Virginia Wesleyan College,Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
State Licensing
Maryland

William Robert Greer JR
(301) 934-7988
PO BOX 1616
LA PLATA, MD
Specialties
Litigation, Personal Injury, Car Accident, Business, Estate Planning
Education
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law,Washington and Lee University
State Licensing
Maryland

Patrick C. Devine Jr
(757) 629-0614
Po Box 398
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Antitrust, Business, Corporate, Investment Fraud, Health Care
Education
University of Richmond Law School,William & Mary Law School,William & Mary Law School,Hampden-Sydney
State Licensing
DC

Thomas F Mudd
(301) 934-9541
106 St. Mary's Avenue P.O. Box 310
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business
Education
University of Maryland School of Law,University of Notre Dame
State Licensing
Maryland

Toby N Byrd
(301) 934-9541
106 St. Mary's Avenue P.O. Box 310
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Business, Construction
Education
University of the District of Columbia,University of Maryland
State Licensing
Maryland

Barry Jay Waldman
(540) 891-1414
150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 102
Fredericksburg, VA
Specialties
Family, Business, Criminal Defense, Speeding Ticket
Education
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law,University of Virginia
State Licensing
Virginia

William Charles Fanning JR
(301) 753-4316
200 Washington Avenue
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Employment, Criminal Defense, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Business
Education
Salisbury University,Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
State Licensing
Maryland

Sophia Lorain Hollis
(301) 934-4366
201 Centennial Street, A-2
La Plata, MD
Specialties
Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Business, Employment
Education
Thomas M. Cooley Law School,York College of Pennsylvania
State Licensing
Maryland

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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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